Most days have me descending down the stairs to my quiet haven and loving all the components that make my business complete. But that is not to say that there aren’t a few days here and there when time in the studio has me feeling as though I have just entered a gymnasium and am about to be a participant in a wrestling match.
How do the two compare? Believe it or not in quite a few ways.
Me V.S. Fabric
Round 1: Pre-Washing Fabric Yes as beautiful as it appears in the store, and in your car, the idea of washing it is not appealing. Loading this amazing purchase into the washer isn’t horrible, but the results of the washer is quite exhausting. Let me say these two words “Wet Fabric”. Just like a wrestler moves about the mat being focused and cautious not to step outside the circle, removing the material without bringing water onto the floor is challenging!
Round 2: Ironing Yards and Yards of Fabric
Ironing, ironing and more ironing. Pressing wrinkles out of a mountain of fabric located to the left of my ironing board can feel endless and yet has to be done carefully. After spending hours of steaming, and pressing I must be cautious not to trip over the fabric that has been ironed into silky smoothness laying to the right of my ironing board. This has me dancing around, like a wrestler on the mat, trying to prevent my opponent from bringing me down onto all fours.
Round 3: Piecing Large Quilts in a Small Area Intense to say the least. Piecing the fabric to the quilt is quite similar to a wrestler performing the right technique on their opponent in order to gain and keep control. Both are done repeatedly using skill and patience.
Round 4: Feeding Fabric Through the Machine Without a Longarm working your material through the machine is taxing. Will it ever end? Pulling, pushing, aligning, and keeping a nice pace. These are all characteristics that a wrestler acquires in order to prevent being pinned by their opponent; yes you see we are alike!
Round 5: Longarm Quilters, Taking Fabric Off Machine and Folding It Neatly Rather than rip my gorgeous pre-washed, ironed, and quilted fabric to the ground, I will firmly tug and pull the beast off my Longarm. After I have mastered the removal off the Longarm, I will neatly fold the quilt. In my eyes this is a “PIN”..and to a wrestler this is also considered a win.
Both take physical endurance, and both demand mental skill. But it is both those abilities that push me forward, and I would think this would also pertain to the wrestler. The wrestler will face easy matches, just as I encounter days that everything in my studio runs smoothly. However, those arduous matches, and quilting days, make both of us work harder and educate each of us more than those simple periods.
Does quilting remind you of any sport, or event in particular? We all encounter different challenges, and adversities when we quilt. I would love to know yours!