How to participate in the donor family quilt

Instructions on how to participate:

The square you are about to create is a labor of love, filled with memories of love and happiness, and yes, maybe a tear or two.

If you wish we will provide you with a 12″ x 12″ square of material and ask that you leave 1″ on all sides for joining with the other squares. Be as creative as you with– simple or complex. No special talent is necessary. Start with a paper pattern and make changes until you are satisfied with you creation. Please include your loved ones name and any significant dates or events as they are appropriate to the construction of your quilt square.

Arrangements have been made with Julie at Keystone Printing (890 West 5th St., Reno) to transfer photographs if you so desire. Please contact her (332-3289) to make arrangements. She will need the finest quality original photograph that you can supply. These will be done in groups of 5 at a time. You will need our material for this process. After you receive your square back it should be rinsed in a 1 part vinegar to 12 parts water solution to set to photo. All of the above should be done before you add any embroidery, appliqué, cross-stitch, needlepoint, sewing on of other fabrics, writing or painting.

Any writing should be done with a MICRON PIGMA PEN. These do not bleed into the fabric and can be permanently set.

If any of you would like to share your quilting ability, please let me know, as your help will be greatly appreciated.

As we want to keep these quilts– (I hope more than one!) for as long as possible, please use items that are washable.

After you have finished your beautiful creation, please take some time and provide us with a short biography of this beautiful giving person. Include hobbies, occupation, where they fit into your family, (spouse, child, sibling, etc.), organizations they belonged to, military career, and any other dates, events or details you would like to share.

This information will be placed in a BIOGRAPHY binder along with a picture of your square and taken along with the quilt on our many travels to Health Fairs and Educational Speaking Engagements. Both the quilts and books will be on display at the Sierra Eye and Tissue Donor Services Office in Reno, where you will be welcome to view them.

We hope this project will bring you comfort as we honor our loved ones.

If you wish to view the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium quilts, (where I contributed a square for our son, Mark) their web site is

If you have any questions, suggestions or need any further information please call me at 775-575-1257. Many thanks for your participation.

Alice McKinney,Donor Mother, Project Chairwoman

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