Making quilts is like solving puzzles. And I love puzzles. Our communities are puzzles, and I'm part of the outreach solution. I donate quilts for fund-raising groups: my guilds, schools, the Veterans Administration, the SF Buddhist Church, to name a few.
Sometimes quilt-making is like writing poetry, or provoking a simple question: "Why is that pig in that quilt?" Simple answer: "I date my quilts by the year of the Asian animal - i.e., made in the Year of the Pig." I may include other literary elements: puns, metaphors, riddles, personal history, rebuses, and plain ole jokes.
I feel as though I've made a successful quilt if it makes people laugh, or if it makes people say, "Hey, that looks like kids made that quilt." I love kids' art.