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Thread: Hobo Quilt

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    I just got in some books from Hamilton's ...one of them is the Hobo Quilt. Has anybody done that quilt? It is a neat looking quilt.

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    It's on my "to do" list but I haven't yet. I've researched more of the symbols because I want to make mine bigger.

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    I just read about those - there is a lot of symbols that the Hobos used to mark their way and let their compadres know about the good, the bad, and the ugly of each region. A nice bit of history.

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    If you google it, you can come up with lots of signs....the book was half price at Hamilton's.

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    That is my next project after I finish The Farmer's Wife.

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    I saw this book at the bookstore last week....I want to do it, but the book is pricey and our library doesn't have it. Maybe one day. Glad you got a good deal on it!

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    I just saw an article about the symbols somewhere!!!!!!

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    I knew about Hobo symbols, but had no idea that they had been incorporated into a quilt. Sounds fascinating...I will definitely check this out.

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    I just goggled & had no idea, but that's neat. Be sure to post pics when you get yours done.

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    First I've heard of it, googled, put on the to do list.

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    I think the Hobo Quilt is really cool and want to do one. I'd also like to do a Bible quilt featuring the parables or miracles of Jesus.

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    May I ask what the Hobo Quilt is, please.
    Dolores

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodee
    May I ask what the Hobo Quilt is, please.
    Dolores
    Dolores, it's about the guys who rode the trains from city to city looking for work. They would stow away and ride for free unless they were caught by the Bulls (men who would beat them with a sticK). This is also part of our History. The Hobo left signs for each other. and someone had the neat idea of making them into a quilt....just like the Farmers's wife, the Civil War Love Letters ..etc.

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    I cannot start the HObo Quilt now as I am doing the URR and the FW and the Cats quilt like Muriels. But it will be next....right after the Judy Martin, Snake River Cabin quilt lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I think the Hobo Quilt is really cool and want to do one. I'd also like to do a Bible quilt featuring the parables or miracles of Jesus.

    I have a file on those block too lol.....

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    Gee Rosy!! Another one to the list!!! Sew many projects and so little time!!!

    I was reading some reviews about the book and it sounds like there are problems with the template sizing. Check it out here:
    http://www.sewgirls.com/quilting/Boo...ts-153482-.htm

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    Thank you - I was just wondering what the Hobo Quilt looked like.
    I didn't realize they had been beaten.
    Dodee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    Quote Originally Posted by Dodee
    May I ask what the Hobo Quilt is, please.
    Dolores
    Dolores, it's about the guys who rode the trains from city to city looking for work. They would stow away and ride for free unless they were caught by the Bulls (men who would beat them with a sticK). This is also part of our History. The Hobo left signs for each other. and someone had the neat idea of making them into a quilt....just like the Farmers's wife, the Civil War Love Letters ..etc.
    Sometimes. I had a couple of twin Uncles that hoboed to avoid work.
    :lol: :lol: Like anything else, there were good ones, there were bad ones and there were ones like my uncles that just did it to be doing it. They said they wanted to see other places. Of course it didn't help their wives and children much.

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    This quilt was just on "Sewing with Nancy" saturday morning. It's really a nice one. It was made out of mostly homespuns. I'll look for this on google too.

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    Remember I got the book at Hamiltons for half price and it's well worth it, believe me....

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    My Great Aunt And Grandma were hobos and rode the rails, but my DD says that it is not something to be proud of and not to even think about making the quilt. I tell her it was a different time and it happened to a part of our family and as such it is our history. Even without her blessing I do plan to make this quilt, eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamdux
    My Great Aunt And Grandma were hobos and rode the rails, but my DD says that it is not something to be proud of and not to even think about making the quilt. I tell her it was a different time and it happened to a part of our family and as such it is our history. Even without her blessing I do plan to make this quilt, eventually.

    Well, That can go both ways, some were bums and some were honest men and women looking for jobs but didn't have the money to pay the fare. Some for one reason or the other fell on hard times etc.

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    Exactly. I loved my Great Aunt and miss her, I never got to meet my Grandmother.

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