The Quilters of The Canadian Federation of University Women-Stratford Club have created a beautiful quilt with a wonderful heritage theme: Hobo Symbols. The quilt was started last spring, inspired by member Judith Roy and a book Hobo Quilts: 55+ Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Riding the Rail. It is a book about the signs used by hobos as they travelled across the land in the first part of the 20th century. These symbols would typically be carved on a tree or fence post and help guide travelers to things like free phones, kind hearted people, food, shelter or transportation or warn them of dangers like dogs or a man with a gun. Quilter Pat Nelles had vintage fabric from her mother’s dry goods store. Six members of the quilting group each made 10 blocks and then proceeded to join them together using a technique called “quilt as you go.” They have added a border with an old-style train by Pat Nelles and they also quilted some of the hobo signs into the plain border. The Hobo Quilt will be displayed at the CFUW-Ontario Council AGM and Conference at the Festival Inn on May 12-May 13, 2017. Raffle Tickets will be sold throughout the summer and all proceeds will go to the CFUW-Stratford Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides over $3000 in scholarship prizes annually to our three Stratford Secondary Schools. Members of the CFUW-Stratford Club Quilting Group are Pat Nelles, Sylvia Wright, Judith Roy, Marguerite Brant, Pat Shewen, Nora Jean Perkins and Lois Battle.