10 quilted and 10 bound. It feels great to hit another goal. I know that many of you don’t like the added pressure of setting goals for your quilting but this is more than a hobby for me. I stopped working as an RN twenty years ago after one of our moves and I had to find a way to continue to be productive and make a difference. My donation quilting fills that need in me and I pretty much work full time at it. The goals help keep me on track for what I want to accomplish.

This is a remake of a quilt I made years ago in 2001 and I shared brief instructions on my website at this link: Red and Black Squares.


  1. I think what you do it fantastic. I wish I could be that disciplined so I could donate some finished quilts. The best I can do is donate all my scraps to Project Linus and someone else makes the quilts. Just dropped off a box full of scraps the other day. But finished quilts would be much more helpful I’m sure.

  2. That is so interesting, Mary. Do you have any idea how many quilts, hats, scarves you have made/donated over the years? I bet it’s enough to cover a village of people! I hope y’all have an uneventful trip (in other words:a safe trip).

  3. This is so interesting. I wonder what prompted you to be so productive. I am also a goal setter, but after “working” I don’t feel like a failure if I miss some of them. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Have a fun trip, and enjoy.

  4. I have to set goals for myself too. And now that I’m semi-retired it is more critical to have some goals to work on. You’re right – we need to keep feeling like we make a difference. Making quilts to gift and to donate helps me feel that too.

  5. Congratulations on reaching your goal! My passion for making QOV is for the same reasons: to make a difference and to be productive. Quilting gives me a purpose.

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