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Thread: A story about 2 old quilts.

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    Junior Member An Arm Long's Avatar
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    Smile A story about 2 old quilts.

    We were recently in Salt Lake City staying at a motel on our trip out West. I took some clothes to the little laundromat at the motel and began washing them. While I was sitting there, a young man came by with a load and asked me how to work the machines. He had a bottle of shampoo to use as detergent. He was trying to figure out how to wash 2 quilts. He was a truck driver who was at a class in Salt Lake City and had his quilt and his friend's. Since I was using the machines, I offered to put his in when mine were finished and told them that I had extra detergent. He told me that the 2 quilts belonged to him and to his trucker friend. They were made by their grandmothers and they always took them along to keep their bodies warm when they slept in the truck. When I put them in the wash, I saw that they were very old and much loved. It did my heart good!
    Beth in Maryland

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    What a sweet story, and how good of you to offer your detergent and assistance!
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    Awww, that is so wonderful.
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    Very nice of you to help and what a great way for those boys, oh excuse me, Men to stay connected to their Nanas.
    Lisa

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    thanks for sharing that lovely story.
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    Quilts on Wheels, travelling the highways of America!! Very nice story, thanks.

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    Loved your story! Thanks for helping the men get their quilts washed and thanks for sharing the story.

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    What a nice story. Their grandmamas must be so proud!!

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    That is a wonderful story. It was generous of you to be helpful ... something a quilter would naturally do.
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    One reason I make quilts is for them to be loved and used up!
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    Ahh, so glad you shared your story. That is heart warming! Especially to hear that from young men & truck drivers! Sweet! And you were so kind to help them out. Also, heart warming!
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    Quilts on the road....another use we didn't know about, until now....keeping a part of home near by when far away from where your heart is....thank you for this insight...

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    Nice to hear -- thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Loved your story! Thanks for helping the men get their quilts washed and thanks for sharing the story.
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    Good for you and lucky for them! Did you go to any fabric stores in SLC.

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    Very nice of you. I was a owner/operator (truck driver) for many years. Yes ptquilts, this is a nice way to stay connected to home. Something truckers never seem to get enough of. Long Arm you did a big thing. We truckers move America but are often looked at as second class citizens. I can attest that he felt more more than happy for getting his quilt clean, the touch of human kindness goes a long way. Thank you for helping him!

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    Can you only begin to imagine the stories those quilts could tell.......and the miles they have traveled !!!

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    What a great story! Who would have thought? Wouldn't those Grandmothers be proud of their traveling quilts?

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    Thanks for sharing this heart warming story. There is nothing better than wrapping up in the quilt Grandma made for you, no matter how old you are!

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    That is sweet of you to do.

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    Isn't it wonderful to hear a story like that. The first quilts I made for my kids are still with them. My daughter is planning to give our 2 year old granddaughter - Zoe - her quilt as an heirloom - it was a full size quilt and the only one that I was able to handquilt before carpal tunnel got the best of me. I wish I had a quilt that my Mother made, but unfortunately, with 7 children the quilts were "worn out". Thanks for sharing that story and for taking the time to see that the quilts were properly washed.

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    Great story!! The grandmas would be so happy to know their quilts are loved.

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    Awe, that's so sweet!
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    I hope the people who get my quilts feel like this....I will truly be immortal...

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    Very nice story I enjoyed reading! You are typical of the people that post here, helpful and thoughtful!
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