Donor Quilts

The quilt squares designed by donor families are woven together into a beautiful piece of art and are shared at our annual Donor Family Tributes. They may also be shown at community and state events, health fairs, public awareness campaigns and other Carolina Donor Services' functions. 

Donor families are encouraged to create quilt squares that represent their loved one. These do not have to be professionally done. This square can be as minimal or decorated as desired. When preparing your quilt square, please use the following guidelines:

  • Use a 13-inch square of unbleached muslin, off-white cross-stitch fabric or comparable fabric (Contact the Life Anew Coordinator if you would like CDS to supply this to you)
  • Leave a 2-inch border around the square without design or pattern so that the panel can be attached to other squares. The finished area should be 9-inches x 9-inches.
  • Some ideas for quilts include a depiction of a favorite hobby, a religious symbol, or occupation. Families often include iron-on photographs, artwork, quotes, poems, or pieces of favorite materials such as baby blankets. Applique, embroidery and cross-stitch work best but you can also use paint or markers.
  • You may include your loved one’s name and dates of birth and death.
  • Your quilt square must be submitted with the quilt square release form.

If you are planning to attend a Donor Family Tribute, please bring the quilt square, along with the release form with you. If you cannot attend one of the three services, we invite you to mail in your quilt square with the release form, and it will be added to the rest of the squares for next year’s quilt.

Donor Family Quilt Release Form