An average kidney transplant lasts between 10-15 years. The kidney Ken received from his mother has lasted over 45 years -- still going strong and looking forward to the future.
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.
Quilt Square submissions for the 2021 quilt closed on April 2nd, 2021. You are still welcome to make and submit a quilt square and we will save it for the next quilt.
These quilts are dedicated to the memory of those who gave the gifts of life, sight, health, 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.
Quilt workshops will be scheduled for late 2021 and early 2022 for the 2022 quilt. 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. If you are interested in requesting a quilt for display of less than a month, you can fill out the quilt request form. 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.