Many families choose to decorate their loved one’s quilt square with special details such as a photograph, poem, quote or symbol of the donor’s life. Some are even made from sentimental materials, such as baby blankets, team jerseys or favorite articles of clothing—and all are made with love. View our quilt square guidelines for more information.
Each quilt contains 44 squares, and it takes up to one year to complete the quilt. During that time, each square (and story, if applicable) can be viewed individually on our website.
The quilt is a very special project for us, and we try to publish each donor’s square (and story if applicable) as soon as possible. However, it can take up to several weeks for your square to appear on the website since this project is so complex.
Yes. To share a story about an organ or tissue donor, please send your story and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit your story to 100 words. Include your loved one’s name and date of death along with your name, address and phone number.
Because information is often copied onto the website from donor families’ handwritten notes, typographical errors may occur. If you notice an error on your loved one’s quilt page, please contact us so we can make the appropriate changes.
Yes. The quilt is quite large and often requested on conflicting days, so it travels to different venues in sections. However, all quilts are displayed together at our Annual Celebration of Heroes event.
If you would like to see the quilt displayed at a community event in your area, ask a local organization, hospital or school to call us at 913.262.1668 to request an exhibit. We would be happy to make display arrangements with them. Remember, the quilt travels in sections, so please be sure your local organization requests the quilt containing your loved one’s square well in advance of the event.
Since the quilt is quite large, we ask families to make only one square for each donor. You may want to ask other family members for their input when designing your quilt square.
Yes. Our Donor Memorial Quilt is displayed within the Kansas and western Missouri area only. The national quilt, Patches of Love, travels throughout the United States. You can honor your loved one by making a square for both quilts. For information on Patches of Love, please visit www.donorfamily.org.