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Hobo Quilts: 55+ Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Riding the Rails Paperback – May 6, 2010
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Each of the blocks recreates a symbol. The symbol is shown as it would have been drawn and then as it is interpreted as a quilt block. Beside the block, the author has included a quote from someone who actually experienced the era and knew first-hand the life and times of the hobo. There are great photos sprinkled throughout the book, giving faces to history.
After the blocks have been shown, the author shares 21 detailed projects for using the blocks in quilts, with variations provide for many of the projects. The directions are clear and provide both a material list and a cutting list, as well as assembly instructions.
As a beginner quilter, I was excited to see that many of the blocks looked simple enough for me to tackle. The techniques for making the blocks including piecing, applique and paper piecing. I think the projects provide room to grow, showing different levels of difficulty for the quilter. I might not be able to tackle the "hobo jungle" or "bindle stiffs" quilts yet but I can keep them in mind as my skills grow.Read more ›
After reading some of the reviews, I was concerned about making the quilt because some of the reviewers said there were so many errors in the patterns. However, I contacted the publisher and they sent me the corrections over email within 2 days of my inquiry.
The blocks with errors are: Bad Drinking Water, Dangerous Drinking water, housewife feeds for chores, no one home, poor man, sit-down feed, and Ridin' the Rails Engine block. All of the block corrections involve cutting measurements.
The stories are pretty interesting, and I still love the completed quilt enough to keep going, but so not trusting any of her measurements and glad that I checked it out of the library instead of buying it, because I'll never make another one.
I finished it, (well, the top, anyway. I haven't quilted it yet)and it is really cool - even won a couple ribbons at our local quilt show for "unquilted top" and "viewers' favorite".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's like a Dear Jane, only for Hobo's. Looking forward to starting one.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
We have a friend who used this book as the source for a "Hobo Quilt" which she made for, and presented to, a well-known vocal artist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Even if you don't make a quilt it is very interesting to read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Made the quilt but changed technique to all applique to suit my own vision of how it should look. Found the history and stories fascinating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anniebuddy
Good patternsPublished 5 months ago by Connie Lounsbury, Author, Thrift Store Shoes, and Kathleen Creek
Missing a few cutting guidelines; after contacting publisher received correct measurement very quickly, can not wait to start cutting the blocksPublished 5 months ago by Margo
I really enjoy reading about people's experiences during the Great Depression. I have great admiration for the people who endured that time period, and seeing the quilt blocks... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frugal Nonna