Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and forty-eight of that project.

This quilt block shows a coal railroad car against a light blue salmon-patterned background. There are two white puffs above the coal car indicated with white fabric (from the engine). The coal is a dark fabric with light yellow stitching indicating the coal piles. The car itself is a deep orange. Two dark-brown wheels, the same color as the coal, are below the car with the spokes outlined in a similar light yellow stitching.

Here is the car that keeps the train moving. The coal car.

It’s the fuel for the steam engine. Seeing this car reminded me of my husband’s family.

His father’s family lived in Oak Creek, Colorado for a time when he was young. My husband’s grandfather worked in the coal mines.

They had a large family and little money. The little kids would run alongside the tracks and pick up pieces of coal that fell off the train.

They would take it home for fuel. One year Grandfather and his brother lived in a freight car.

They could see through the slats and there was snow on their covers in the morning.

That makes me shiver to even think about. No wonder they were tough.