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.

We are accepting quilt square submissions now. The deadline for submissions to the 2021 quilt is April 2nd, 2021.

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.

After dates/locations are announced, that information can be found here and on our volunteer calendar.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Quilt Unveiling was done virtually. Click here to view the 2020 Quilt Unveiling.


Due to the pandemic, we are reconfiguring our quilt workshops. Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, check out our guide on how to make a quilt square.


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.