Hobo Quilt Update & Book Review ~ 58 Blocks Finished

I’ve been a wee bit obsessed on finishing these 6.5″ blocks. I’ve gone from 25 blocks a few days ago to just having two left to do! 😉

I’ve had a few question regarding the accuracy of the patterns, and finally figured out why…I googled and saw a book review where the person told everyone, in her opinion, not to buy the book because you will have to calculate the measurements yourself. It is in my humble opinion if you are a quilter and can not calculate measurements on your own…you probably should go back and take a basic math course. Sorry, but really? That said, I only came across two, maybe three blocks where the measurements were given that were wrong. With one I could tell just by looking at the picture that the color codes were flipped. One had a few pieces wrong, but I was able to figure it out in a few seconds just by looking a the pattern and jotting a few numbers in my head.

There are three types of patterns in this book:

Regular Pieced with measurements given (pattern is full-sized where you can add 1/4″ seam allowance, if wanted). I posted a picture of the pattern where I could immediately see where the measurements were flipped for two pieces. Oh! Where she has a triangle and the measurement of 1-7/8″, she means to cut a 1-7/8″ square and then cut in half…so if it says 8 triangles, it actually is 4 squares which will give you 8 triangles.

Paper Pieced ~ my first try at paper piecing! I had no problems following the authors directions! Pretty cool…was wishing there were more to do! I think there are only 3 or 4 paper pieced blocks.

Last is Applique…I machine appliqued my blocks. Am having a great time with these blocks. I made xerox copies of these patterns, very easy to cut out and machine applique on with a blanket stitch.

I fully recommend this book…even with the few publisher mistakes on the a couple of blocks. On a whole, any quilter that knows elementary math can make these blocks. The stories are great! Pictures are wonderful. If you like the history of this book I recommend you get the 1999 book Riding The Rails by Errol Lincoln Uys.

OKAY ~ NOW THAT IS OVER WITH…onto my update! 🙂

Top Row (left to right):
A Beating Awaits You Here
Anything Goes
At The Crossroad, Go This Way
Bad Dog
Bad Drinking Water
Bad Tempered Man

Second Row (left to right):
Bad Tempered Owner
Be Afraid
Be Prepared to Defend Yourself
Camp Here
Catch Out Here

Third Row (left to right):
Catch Trolley Here
Chain Gang
Cops Active
Cowards-Will Give To Get Rid Of You
Dangerous Drinking Water

Fourth Row (left to right):
Dangerous Neighborhood
Dishonest Person Lives Here
Doctor, No Charge
Don’t Give Up
Don’t Go This Way

Top Row (left to right):
Easy Mark
Fake Illness
Food For Work
Free Phone
Go This Way

Second Row (left to right):
Good Chance to Get Money
Good For a Handout
Good Water
Here is the Place
Hit the Road Fast
Hobos Arrested on Sight

Third Row (left to right):
Hold Your Tongue
Housewife Feeds for Chores
Keep Quiet
Kind-Hearted Lady (Still to be made)
Man With Gun

Fourth Row (left to right):
No One Home (this block had wrong measurements)
Office Lives Here
Poor Man
Rich People
Road Spoiled-Full of Hobos

Top Row (left to right):
Sit-Down Feed (this one I had to add a larger piece on the bottom)
Sleep in Hayloft
Straight Ahead
Talk Religion, Get Food
Tell Pitiful Story
Town Allows Alcohol

Second Row (left to right):
Unsafe Area
Well-Guarded House
Work Available
Worth Robbing
You’ll Get Cursed Out Here (Still to be made)

9 thoughts on “Hobo Quilt Update & Book Review ~ 58 Blocks Finished

  1. I wonder how hard that “You’ll Get Cursed Out Here” block is… sounds ominous. ;p I also think I should just make a quilt out of “Good Chance to Get Money” blocks. 😀

    I really love the fabrics you are using and how they contrast so well to make each other look good! Terrific job!

  2. It’s looking great. I completely agree with you about being able to do the math – just wish that math didn’t involve both fractions and non-metric measurements.

    I pretty much feel that way about buying patterns and kits too. It’s so much fun picking your colours and working out the design – why would you want someone else doing it for you, unless you needed some extra help for health or mobility reasons.

    Paper piecing is on my list too. One day. My last experiment (log cabins) turned into a full scale project and I can’t risk that happening again with so many projects on the go, including painting the living room over Easter, getting the car serviced etc, etc. We get a 5-day Easter break this year as we celebrate our ANZAC day (Veterans’ day) on Easter Tuesday. Looking forward to that.

    • Actually…I LOVE the metric system. Counting in 10’s is much easier than 12’s. 🙂 I feel for you!

      Oh that’s right! I forgot about ANZAC day…I’m in a group with a Kiwi and she told us about it. We’re heading to San Francisco on our Easter holiday…baseball game on Friday and if the weather holds out, riding across the Golden Gate Bridge on bikes…also around the Presidio.

      • SF sounds like fun. An Aussie friend did the Golden Gate Bridge bike ride and told me the fog lifted when they were about half way over. It sounded magical.

        Let me know if you spot any good shoe outlets. I could use a pair of day walkers.

      • I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard good things about Fleet Feet on Chestnut Street. I think I’ll hit our local Skechers outlet here in Sparks…I can use a new pair of tennies.

  3. Great information you sent in your email. I read that review you spoke about and that is why i asked if you had any problems with the blocks. I am glad you cleared that up. I made most of my DJ and Amish Circle the same way you are doing your Hobo quilt, except we were not give any measurements for the ACQ….I measured as i went. I think it is a great way to learn. I even figured out how to take a regular block from my DJ book and make it into a paper pieced block. Most of my outside triangles were done that way. I really like to paper piece and those triangles came out much better for me then if I would have pieced each little piece of fabric.
    I don’t have my Hobo book yet, I think I will wait until I go to Quilt Odyssey, Hershey PA quilt show this summer. I have several projects working at the same time right now and want to finish up these.
    Thank you for sharing all this wonderful info. I will go back and look at your blocks again…..they look like fun blocks to make. Can’t wait until I will be working on mine.
    Thanks much, Nancy in PA

    • Thank you for asking all those questions! I hope people won’t shy away from making this quilt because of that one review! Holy Moly!

      Would love to see your Dear Jane and Amish quilt…do you have a blog or flickr site? 🙂

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