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Why Quilting is like a Combat Tour

January 30, 2010

As I was laying out my quilt this week, I considered how similar the quilt making process is to a deployment.

Initially there’s a flurry of emotions. Excitement, anticipation, adrenaline, determination, and dread is pulsing. Eye of The Tiger is playing. Thinking about the end helps to alleviate the dread. Planning and preparing helps significantly, because if you don’t there will be more heartache.

In the thick of it there are tests of character and endurance. Sometimes blood is shed. Cursing. Sweat and tears. Only true warriors push past those impasses that could thwart the entire mission. It seems to take so much longer than you ever thought it would. Encouragement from your spouse helps. You wonder why in the world you agreed to do this? Then you remember the people you love, and you press on.

When it’s over there’s tremendous relief. It is finished. Unless someone has done what you’ve done, they could never understand the work that is involved. There is camaraderie with those who have shared the same experiences. Over time the good memories overcome some of the bad, and you look back with nostalgia.

And sometimes you go back and do it all over again.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2010 2:43 am

    hahaha! good for you! you are a determined little gehl. if it’s so hard, i would have given up a long time ago! I need to print this so Ruby always knows how much work went in to her quilt!

  2. January 30, 2010 5:02 am

    Jessica! I was being cheeky, it was not a subtle way of asking for appreciation. There really is NO comparison, quilting is a really fun creative process and war is hell.

  3. millison permalink
    January 30, 2010 7:36 am

    Awesome! I love it. You are the most clever girl I know.

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