Honoring Your Loved One's Legacy

Quilts of Love

The Quilts of Love program began in 1997 to honor the memory of donors. More than 30 quilts have been created to date, each serving as a gentle reminder of the many lives touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Every square on each quilt tells a unique story.

  • A woman, who made a quilt square in honor of her husband, wrote: “It was a difficult thing for me to do, but now that it is completed it gives me great joy and tremendous comfort.”
  • Another square shows a father and his young daughter with the words "World's Best Dad" written in the child’s handwriting.
  • Some squares include photos, others have symbols of favorite hobbies, careers, heritage and faith.

Thousands of people have admired our quilts as they travel around the state to schools, hospitals, museums, libraries and places of worship. They continue to serve as a beautiful tribute to our donors, as well as wonderful tools for teaching the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation.

You are invited to participate in this special project by creating a quilt square to honor your loved one. This is an ongoing project and quilt squares can be contributed at any time.

View the Quilts of Love by the year in which they were completed below.

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006


Creating Your Quilt Square

Every quilt square is unique and personal. You may want to include your loved one’s picture, name, dates or other items that are meaningful to you. Your quilt square design should be within 10 x 10 inches. Allow an extra ½ inch or more around each side so the squares can be sewn together. You can use any fabric you like; cotton or cotton-blend is preferred.

Some families use embroidery, needlepoint or appliqué to create their quilt square. Others use computer graphics, crayon or paint. You can attach pins, or sew patches, buttons and other objects that represent your loved one’s interests.

Please sew everything securely and DON’T use glue. We want your quilt square to last for many years. Glue will dry out and the items attached will fall off.

Photographs can be transferred onto fabric. If you need assistance identifying a company specializing in this, please let us know.

If you need assistance, please contact Family Services at (908) 516-5400.