Yes, this thought popped into my head as I started quilting today. And it's not because you create something beautiful, etc. etc. No. It's because you forget how painful it is so that you're not scared to try the next time! I just quilted three seams and my arms are killing me.
But what's nice is that I'm using a variegated red-white-blue thread for the quilting, which looks so cute with the fabrics. And I'm quilting in-the-ditch so it can't get any easier.