“the past 1.5 years have been quite interesting for me. it’s been a time of stepping out of my comfort zone. okay…i take that back; it’s been a time of kicking that comfort zone’s butt and walking away from it into the sunset. it’s been scary, fun, challenging, frustrating, thrilling and rewarding. taking that first step, back in june of 2008, and applying to nursing school was the first big step for me. i knew that i was going to have to face some of my giants along the path…the giants that i cowered down to when they would raise their ugly heads in the past.
done out of an attempt to distract, ignore and ponder fears that have plagued me for way too long, but i am determined (she says in a quivering voice) to overcome.”
(~what i had to say back in december 2009, when i finished piecing the top~)
well, it’s been quite the ride, i must say. a lot of studying, praying, and not a whole lot of quilting time. during it all i worked my way through the making of this quilt, little by little. finally, two days after my 42nd birthday, i finished sewing on the binding. what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!
as quilters we add so much of ourselves into our art, some pieces more so than others. this quilt has so much of myself that i’m almost afraid to reveal it to the public. at first, i saw it as a representation of my deepest fears; now i see that it also includes my hopes and dreams and the hard work that has been devoted to making them a reality.
just as there was only a very loose plan on the design of this quilt, i had a small idea on how i wanted to hand quilt it: free form and lots of it. i honestly didn’t think that i was going to finish it before i graduated (31 days and counting!), but refused to skimp on the quilting. i’m so glad that i didn’t settle for less. 😉
so the question is, did the giants win?
not a chance.
~i will be graduating from nursing school in one month with a 4.0 gpa (i’m not as stupid as i thought i was).
~i still dislike driving in the winter, but i am much calmer about it than i was a year ago.
oh, i already know that there are plenty of giants out there, just waiting to knock me down. i can name you a couple of them right now: taking the boards and starting to work as a nurse. i’ve learned some valuable lessons during the past 2 years, and this time around i plan on trudging forward and not letting them stop me.
“thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear,and with a shield: but i come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of israel, whom thou hast defied…and all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”