Geoff received the gift of lungs in 2006. When a heart attack ended his life in 2014, Geoff gave a gift of his own -- the gift of sight.
Threads of Life Quilts
Ordinary people with extraordinary stories of inspiration, hope, and courage create quilt squares as a means of sharing their stories and spreading the word about the critical need for and benefits of organ, eye, and tissue donation.
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.
Workshops are coordinated statewide by Lions VisionGift, Community Tissue Services, Cascade Life Alliance, 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.
Quilt workshops for the 2023 quilt will be scheduled for April 2023.
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.