This reproduction era collection is named after the Orphan Train movement, which began in 1854 and ended in 1929. An estimated 200,00+ orphaned, abandoned and homeless children were placed out from New York City by train and sent to rural communities in 48 states and Canada in search of parents and new homes.
The Orphan Train fabric line is the basis for this newest Block of the Month: Orphan Train of Memories. It's the third in my Letter's Home series and tells the story of a woman named Helen who travels as an agent on the trains. She helps the children get adopted, and follows up yearly with the children and their families.
The BOM quilt is designed to represent how the many children all had a common bond and a story to tell. Take the many pieces of creating a whole quilt is a way to tell that story. Each fabric piece is representative of a child and, when pieced together, they create a bond, making them part of something much larger- a family.
Finished size of the quilt is 76” x 76”. The BOM quilt concept was developed to showcase two different border options. Each month participants will complete 6” blocks during the first ten months. The final two months will complete the finishing blocks and borders.