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. We are accepting quilt square submissions now. The deadline for submissions to the 2021 quilt is February 15th, 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.


We will be having three workshops in January at Lions Vision Gift in Portland that you can register for on our Volunteer Events & Opportunities Calendar. These quilt workshops are 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. If you don't live in the Portland area but still want to attend a workshop, stay tuned because we will be scheduling more workshops taking place throughout Oregon. 


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.