We had to pause here to take care of our kitty treat duties. We do have our priorities, after all.
Before I started on the blocks, I machine stitched the binding onto the Plain and Simple Amish Sampler. This is a large quilt, and so it will take me several days before I am able to finish the hand stitching. Still, this is always the biggest part of binding for me, and so I feel as if I'm on the home stretch.
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Once that was finished, I started working on blocks. With so much applique in the past few weeks, I wanted to do some straight piecing. I decided to work on my April NewFO quilt, which is one of the Hobo Quilts from the book by Debra Henninger.
Today was the first time I'd really spent much time with the book, and it was quite delightful with its tales of the road. The book consists of some quoted narrative from folks who lived during that time. To quote from the book:
"From the 1880's to the 1940's, hobos were a part of American life, with up to 250,000 travelers on the road at one time. Some viewed the hobos as dirty, hard-drinking, untrustworthy bums. Most saw them as honest, honorable people caught in extraordinary times. . . . Hobo signs were their secret language: They gave direction and advice to the savvy traveler including where to find food, water, a place to sleep and possibly work. . . . These signs tell the story of what it took to survive as a hobo. Most importantly, this subculture was a significant part of American history that is worthy of remembrance."
There are instructions for 60 different quilt blocks and several different projects. I've seen one of the projects in this book at the Stitches in Bloom quilt show in 2012 called "Ridin' the Rails". I imagine that's when I got interested in the book. Here is the project someone else did:
My apologies to the quilter. I don't know her name.
I'm going to make the quilt known in the book as "Mulligan Stew". It uses all 60 blocks, and that's why I chose it. When it's finished, it will be 62" x 69".
With 60 blocks to make, I decided to set as my goal to complete five blocks each time I work on it, and that is what I did today. Here are the five blocks I have so far, along with their names:
A Beating Awaits You Here
At the Crossroad, Go this Way
"...on the main lines across the country when one train met one going the other way, there would be thirty to forty transients on each train, each going to where they hoped the work would be. They would yell back and forth asking where the work was." ~Lyle A. O'Hare, Texas
Bad Drinking Water
Sadly, I'm going to have to remake this one. The tan strips at the top and in the middle are 1/4 inch too narrow, and that is a mistake in the book. I'm loving the book, but I'm obviously going to have to pay close attention to the measurements and add them up to make sure they make sense. The blocks (unfinished) should be 6 1/2 inches. It's disconcerting to find an error so close to the beginning of the project, but it will be easy enough to fix.
Beside each block title in the book, there is the actual symbol that one might see, hand-written notations resembling hieroglyphics. The book is really quite fascinating. I love that we can learn history from quilts.
So that was my day of quilting. With these five done, I'll move onto something else. Tomorrow, I think I might start on the Hello Moon BOM. I've been wanting to start that one ever since I discovered it. I have four blocks to make to catch up.
Also today, finally, finally I received the last block for the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machines BOM. I've been waiting for this block for almost two months, which was annoying to say the least. I'll say more about it when I'm ready to start on it. First, I have to finish the stitchery I'm working on for the Gardener's Journal quilt.
My Monday was great. How about you?