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    the strangest things can happen here!

    Many months ago, perhaps a year or more even, I posted for sale some metal template sets. I listed them by the name on the paper inside of the packages "Roy Daniel, Tinsmith" they say.
    Well, a few weeks ago I got the strangest PM message about those templates.
    Here is what the young man wrote to me:
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    I was doing a search under my grandfathers name, Roy Daniel and I was brought here. I lived with him and his wife Inez in Camden, Maine for almost 2 years. This was between 1982 and 1984. I was around 14. Inez made quite a few quilts and many people had asked Roy to make them some more permanent templates. I worked in his shop after school and on the weekends. I may have been the guy who glued the sandpaper onto the back of the ones you have. After gluing the paper and trimming the excess, I punched the pieces & wired them together. I remember the colored paper that would get put into every bag with the design on the front.
    He was also known for making colonial tin pieces such as chandeliers, candle holders, snuffers, decorative mugs, and many other pieces.
    He also sung in a barbershop quartet at his church. He would sing a lot of the old songs while working.
    If you ever wish to part with a couple of patterns, please let me know.
    Thanks,
    Dave

    Well, turns out that I did still have a couple of sets of these templates and as we speak a little set of twister templates is on their way to Dave's house to be reunited with him and add a piece of his family history back into his life!

    How cool is that? All because he googled Roy's name and my sales ad came up in that search!

    how cool that now we ALL have a little more insight/history about the wonderful tinsmith who helped keep quilting alive with his wonderful templates!

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    great post. thanks!

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    What an interesting story. Thanks for sharing.

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    How cool jacquie!
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    Great story! Good people do good things!

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    What a great story! Thank you for sharing!

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    That is so great. When we are younger it never crosses our minds we want to save the most common things from our daily life.
    Got fabric?

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    What a touching story! It's only as we get older and we start to lose the people who are precious to us that we appreciate some of the ordinary things they leave behind. I am glad you were able to reunite the templates with his grandson. He will treasure them.

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    Very cool story! Its amazing what can happen!
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    Wonderful story! I would have such a hard time living without Google now, it's hard to believe it didn't exist for most of my lifetime.

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    Wow!! Internet is making the world smaller, isn't it!?

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    Good for you for reuniting a grandson with a cherished memory! What a warm hearted woman you are. We are so lucky to have you on the Quilting Board.
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    The world is a village! (I live in Germany) I have a lot of templates made years (decades!) ago by Roy Daniel for me when I started to teach myself patchwork. My templates may be an oddity since I started out with centimeters before I found that using inches is so much easier.
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    Great story and great ending. So glad you were able to send some to him. It is a small world.
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    What a great story! I absolutely ADORE history! Thanks for sharing!

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    I enjoyed reading this so much...just my type of story.

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    Wow! You just never know who you can come in contact with through this board!!! Great story!!

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    Wow!! What a wonderful story. And I'm sure he'll be forever grateful for your sending the templates to him. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very touching story. Reminds me of some of the things I have that my Grandfather "whittled". And for those of you who don't know what that is its carving wood with a small pocket knife. He made all kinds of things that would be one piece but looked like several pieces joined together.
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    What a wonderful thing to happen! I'm so glad you sent the templates to his grandson. You're pretty special in my book.
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    I love stories like that. Warms the heart.

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    wow, very interesting. It's a small world. Barb
    be happy

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    what an amazing thing what a small world we live in
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    What a treat to find out more information...........thanks...........calla

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    What a sweet person you are to send him a little of his past back to him that would mean so much to him.
    Thanks for sharing this History about them with us. :}

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