Friday, October 17, 2008

Do a Good Turn Daily

Recently I worked on a quilt for an Eagle Scout. Isn't this the perfect fabric? I didn't even know they made Boy Scout fabric! This quilt came from a blog reader in Connecticut, so it traveled 2800 miles to get here! It's now gone back 2800 miles and will be given to the Eagle Scout soon.As I quilted, I read all the phrases throughout. They are from the Boy Scout Law, Motto and Slogan. Below is a very nice patriotic block...I believe this phrase below is "Honorable" but I kept reading it as "Adorable." I know that's not part of the Boy Scout law, but it should be!Check out the backing fabric! It is a print of all the merit badges. I love the "art" one, because when my son was a First Class Scout, he earned that badge 3 times! You could tell it was his favorite!The Boy Scout Slogan is my favorite... "Do a Good Turn Daily."Here is another view of the that block...
That reminds me of a story. (Don't all quilts remind me of stories?) This is the story of when someone did a "good turn" for me and my husband.

We had only been married a year. We were living in Utah and I was working full-time in the office of a trucking company and my husband was a student at BYU. We had little to no money. It was our one year anniversary and we wondered how we would be able to afford to go out to enjoy a nice dinner to celebrate.

Well, it was finals week and my husband was just about to take his last final. He said that after the test, he would sell the textbook and figured he'd get about $25. With that money we would go out and enjoy a nice anniversary dinner.My husband went to the testing center on campus to take his test. He left his belongings in the coat room, including that textbook. Well, later that day I received a phone call from him.

He told me that while he was in that testing center, someone had stolen that textbook. He felt really bad. Now we wouldn't be able to go out to dinner for our anniversary.

I told some of my friends in my office about this. I was so sad. I couldn't believe someone would steal that book! The rest of the day I very quiet and went about my work.

Later in the day, I left my office for just a moment. When I returned, there on my desk, was an envelope with my name on it. Inside were 25 one dollar bills and a note that said, "Enjoy your anniversary dinner." No one signed the note. I asked everyone in the office who had left me that envelope. No one ever admitted to it, but my husband and I have never forgotten that "good turn" someone did for us.
(Here we are visiting Steamboat Springs, CO. Wow! How young we look! BTW, my husband is the one on the far right! )
Do a good turn for someone today!

10 comments:

kelly said...

I love this quilt and I *really* love this story (you made me tear up!)

Thanks for the reminder -- I'm going to go do my "good turn" right now!

Quilt Hollow said...

Your quilting really made the quilt! I hope the young man who receives it will appreciate it...by that meaning...it is a quilt not a blanket! LOL Great little story you shared and a simple reminder.

Vicki W said...

Great quilt and great story!

Summerset said...

Great quilt and good reminder!

Shannon said...

I'll be looking to do a "good turn"

We LOVE Steamboat!

Utah MOM OF 7 said...

Love this quilt, Vivian. You have such a knack for storytelling. Keep up the great work. Love, your real sister in Utah

Evaly said...

I love stories like that! I'm impressed that you can always find your old pictures to spice up your stories. Mine are not nearly so organized!

April Hill said...

I am trying to make a quilt for my sons Eagle I LOVE THIS! Do you have a pattern? Can you tell me where to find the fabric? What a talented person youare.

Susan said...

I've had great luck with ordering fabric from www.LDSfabric.com and they have all the old scout prints (last year) and the new 100th anniversary prints (this year). The design of this quilt is just precious. I'm working on an Eagle quilt for my son using the same prints. We've got a race to see who gets done first- his project or my quilt! He's only got a sandbox to go, & I've got the top assembled! I'm using photo iron on tranfers and machine embroidery in his quilt.

Lori L said...

OMG Thank you so much for the link (lds fabrics- I am making a quilt from all my son's old cub scout/boy scout t-shirts and was looking for something for the edges!!!!! Hopefully it will be done by the Eagle COH!!