Our story

When a close friend of mine I'd known since childhood was diagnosed with breast cancer, I wanted to help but like many of our mutual friends, live far away and could not be there for the day-to-day support. Her husband told us, "She likes the small things like letters, emails and notes of encouragement." As a designer and artist, I wanted to create something handmade and beautiful—incorporating the "notes of encouragement" idea. The process of creating a quilt can be very collaborative and a great way to bring our community together to encourage our friend.

So we made a community quilt to inspire and support her.

To make the collaborative quilt, one friend contacted our other friends from around the country to explain the idea. Each of them sent a personal message or an inspirational quote. I designed the quilt fabric squares and several friends sewed the quilt. When we presented the quilt to our friend it was a profoundly moving experience for all of us.

A community quilt made easy.

I wanted others to have the opportunity to try social quilting, so I combined group gifting with technology, creating an easy way to make a handcrafted, customized quilt.

GivingQuilts™ was born!

This website makes it fun and easy to collect inspiring quotations and funds to assemble a unique quilt. You make color and size choices and invite people to participate on this website. We do the quilting. It's that simple!

Explore our site and see how easy it is to create a one-of-a-kind, community quilt. It is the perfect gift for a friend recovering from illness, or a baby, wedding, anniversary, graduation or recognition gift. May your group quilt experiences be as memorable and rewarding as mine have been.

Happy quilting!

Carol Neiger
Founder, GivingQuilts™

Designer and Artist
Carol Neiger is the Founder and Designer of GivingQuilts. She is also the President of NeigerDesign, a strategic branding, marketing and design firm since 1989.

Master Quilter
Award-winning master quilter Marybeth Tawfik marries artistry and craftsmanship in each individually crafted quilt. Her studio, Cambridge Lane Quilting Studio, is located in Athens, Georgia.

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Dear Family and Friends,

I am spearheading the creation of a beautiful handmade quilt for . I thought you might like to be involved, so am inviting you to be a part of this "group-made gift." The best part—no quilting experience necessary…

First, a bit of background:

GivingQuilts.com, is a website designed to help a group of people participate in "creating" a beautiful handmade quilt—without anyone in the group having to thread a needle or stitch one stitch. All of the handcrafting is done in the USA by an award-winning quilter. These quilts are wonderful, sentimental keepsakes marking special occasions such as births, graduations, rites of passage, retirement and the like.

What makes the quilt so unique is that each quilt square has an inspirational quotation or message from someone in the group. When all of the squares are stitched together, they create a beautiful and comforting community quilt. This is where you come in.

Go to www.givingquilts.com and see for yourself. Look under the See Quilt Designs tab to view the quilts. You can use inspirational quotations found on the website under the tab Quote Library or find or write your own. Also, as coordinator of the quilt, I have already made all of the color and fabric decisions for the quilt, so the only decision you need to make is what quotation to use!

If you like what you see when you check out the website and want to be a part of this gift, please respond to this email with a simple "yes! I'd like to be a part of it" so I keep a space open for you, or better yet, go ahead and buy your square right away–each square costs $.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to http://www.GivingQuilts.com
  2. Click on the "Get Started!" button at the top right.
  3. Create an account (it's really easy!).
  4. Go to Look up a GivingQuilt Project and enter .
  5. You will see a grid of squares available for purchase. Just click on the exact square you would like to purchase (this will determine the precise position of the quotation square from you when the quilt is assembled).
  6. Enter a quotation that is meaningful to you. The quotation can be funny, sweet, inspirational, or simply a personal message from you. The quotation should be limited to a maximum of 35 words. You must include the author's name, as well as your name, as you would like it to appear in the quilt. (You can use your first name, or first and last name, or something more personal like "Aunt Cindy", or "Grandpa".)
  7. You will be asked to confirm that the quotation, author and your name information are correct. Be sure to check spelling and punctuation very carefully, as the quotation will be printed exactly as you input it.
  8. After you confirm that the square is perfect, the website will direct you to pay for your square. (Don't worry, it's a secure payment portal called WePay.)

We have a deadline!

Please submit your quotation by . It takes up to one month to create the quilt from the time I submit the finished quilt squares until it is delivered.

Thank you! I hope you will participate in this beautiful gift for !

If you are not interested in participating, I need to know that, too. This is important because there are only 20 squares on the quilt, and you are receiving this invitation in the "first group" of invitations to go out. If someone doesn't want to participate, I'll need to extend the invitation to others, so that we end up with a complete quilt. And finally, because I'm coordinating the project, I ask that if you have suggestions for others to include, please send their names and email addresses to me so we don't invite more people than the quilt can accommodate!

Thank you!

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