August 24, 2011

More Hobo Quilt Love...

You might remember when I wrote this post about hobo signs and their popularity during the Depression. I had glanced at this book - Hobo Quilts by Debra Henninger - prior to that post, and decided that I should add it to my quilt library. It arrived two days ago and I couldn't wait to open it up and read between the covers!
I love the various blocks that go into the Hobo quilt, and have started to decide which blocks I would use if when I make my own. Of course, the "Kind-hearted Woman" (Lady) block would be first on my list!
I also liked the "At The Crossroad, Go This Way" block, because we all have had at least one crossroad in our lives, right? Most of us weren't lucky enough to have a "go this way" sign to guide us, either!
"Housewife Feeds For Chores". Yup. That's me! I'm a sucker for a handyman.

I've already decided that my Hobo quilt will only have happy blocks on it. No "Evil Man Lives Here" or "Dangerous" blocks in my quilt!

I'm really looking forward to reading all the stories the author tells about the lives of hobos (or tramps, as they were sometimes called), and the photos that go with them. Gosh! I guess I just added another quilt to my list, didn't I? That means I'm going to live a long, long life, right? I mean, I have too many projects to go anywhere anytime soon!
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The English Romantic said...

Hi Donna,
I would love to make the quilts in that book, sounds wonderful.
So many quilts,so little time. That's my problem.
Smiles, Angela.

Carol said...

After reading your post, I was thinking how I am always adding an item to my list of wannadoos. Even with trying to fit too many things into a 24 hour day, we continue to add to the list. I think our lists will keep us young, or at least young at heart.

I never knew about the hobo signs until I read your post.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I love the simple graphic designs in this book. Also love the idea behind it. I think it would be interesting reading for anybody. My mom tells me about a hobo that used to come around when she was little and my grandma would feed him in the yard. I look forward to seeing you work up the blocks! Have a wonderful day! Twyla

sunny said...

I've looked at that book several times, but it hasn't made it into my cart. Yet....

Jillayne said...

I love this idea! I've never heard of Hobo quilts before but the idea of them is so intriguing.... is it a new book out? I'll have to check it out for myself... it seems I want a long life too!

Createology said...

Making a happy hobo quilt is such a fun venture. Keep adding to your PIP my dear so that you will have a very long life. I keep overbuying my BooBoo kitty her favorite food just for that reason...she needs to be here to eat it all. Mr. C just shakes his head. :o) Happy Hobo planning...
P.S. This certainly changes my childhood fear of "hobos"...I just wish I had known to look for their happy signs!

April Mechelle said...

Thanks for sharing this book Donna. I now have to go find it! lol

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