Tour of the Creation Process

Curious about how all this works? Take a quick step-by-step "tour" of the creation process, outlined below, to see how easy it is to create one-of-a-kind quilts and pillows.

Step 1: Create a Username and Password

First, you'll be asked to create a username and password that's associated with basic contact information, just so we know how we could contact you about your order later on, if necessary. This creates an account, and gives you access to the full website which will help you envision your project. Creating an account at this stage requires no commitment on your part to begin a project. What's more, should you decide to start a quilt project, if for any reason you are unable to gather enough participants to complete a quilt, all funds will be returned to each individual–making group gift creation easy, simple and hassle-free for the quilt coordinator!

Each time you visit GivingQuilts from now on, you can log in with your username and password.

Once you've registered, you can log in any time.

Step 2: Select quilt or pillow details

This is just the beginning of the fun! You'll be guided through a series of steps to establish all of the details of your project, including who it is for and the deadline, as well as selecting the size, color palette and fabric backing. After you've submitted your choices, your project will be assigned a unique Project ID #.

Step 3: Purchase the first square to launch your project

As the quilt coordinator, you must be the first to purchase a square–so you get to pick exactly where your message will appear on the completed quilt! Before purchasing, you will be prompted to submit your message or inspirational quote. Or, instead of a quotation, you could choose to have your square hold commemorative information, such as the name of the baby and birth date, or graduate name, graduation place and date. Once you're happy with the wording on your square, you will then be asked to pay through our safe and secure electronic payment portal. It's that easy!

After you submit your completed quote panel GivingQuilt square fabric is digitally printed using eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on natural fiber textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.

The fabric is then shipped to our quilting studio in Athens, Georgia where it is handcrafted by our expert quilters.

Step 4: Invite friends and family to contribute

Once you've determined the size of the quilt in Step 2, you'll know how many people you'll need to invite to participate in this group-made gift. If you are making a baby quilt, you'll need 20 participants (including yourself). If you are making a throw or twin quilt, you'll need 24 participants (including yourself). It is a good idea to begin with a list of more people than you might need, so you can add people if someone from your original list declines or does not respond. To help you keep track of who's "in," we will send you updates by email every time someone you invite joins the project! You should check on the progress of your quilt or pillow regularly, sending reminders weekly. It is important to keep your project on track.

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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:, 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 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
  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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