I know that when I know where the quilts are going, I'm more motivated to finish them quicker. I really liked the idea of having a picture in mind and the idea of a baby panda made me smile. While we don't make quilts for baby pandas, being able to see the kids, really does help. 99% of the time I don't get to see who actually gets the quilts, but that 1% does really motivate me. I'm totally ok not having the personal connection between making the finished quilt and handing it to the final recipient, because I know the person I hand the quilt to will give it to a child who really needs a hug.
One of our recent quilt destinations is Project Pearls. After the typhoon in the Philippines where so many people lost their lives, I made a friend, Melissa. Here she is with one of her new friends. These are the children who have lost their parents. I recently learned she was orphaned at a young age and that is why she started Project Pearls. If you haven't heard about the project yet, look them up either on their web page or through Facebook. They are doing great things for the children of the Philippines. Perhaps you will want to support their efforts as well.
And because baby pandas are just too adorable, here's a dozen of them to motivate you to go quilt something today!