Through simple fabric, a monumental story unfolds.

Ordinary people with extraordinary stories of inspiration, hope and courage create quilt squares as a means of sharing their story and spreading the word about the critical need for and benefits of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Each April, during National Donate Life month, Donate Life Northwest unveils a new Threads of Life quilt. Quilt squares for the 2019 quilt should be submitted on or before February 11, 2019. Those received after that date will be held for the 2020 quilt.

These quilts are dedicated to the memory of those who gave the gift of life, sight and mobility. They also celebrate the lives of transplant recipients and offer hope to those awaiting transplant.  Each quilt is comprised of individually-designed squares created by community members touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation.

The quilts are not only a beautiful and inspiring tribute, but also serve as a thought-provoking testament to the fact that organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation transform lives.

We will have our 2019 quilt unveilings in Salem on April 20th and in Pendleton on April 27th. For more details, visit our volunteer calendar.


Please view our Volunteer Events & Opportunities Calendar for Fall and Winter quilt workshops, coordinated statewide by Lions Vision Gift, Community Tissue Services, Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank and Donate Life Northwest.  These workshops are an opportunity for those with no quilting experience to gain guidance in creating their square, as well as to meet our community of volunteers.


The Threads of Life quilts travel throughout Oregon and SW Washington, and are displayed in schools, places of worship, government buildings, and businesses to inspire individuals to make the personal choice to sign up on the Donor Registry. The quilts are never auctioned or sold.  Older quilts may be loaned for semi-permanent display in partner agencies, hospitals or other public or semi-public locales. Contact our office if you are interested in displaying a quilt long-term.