Share Your Story

Every life has a story. It could be the story of your memories of another person or the story of that person’s life. The Quilt is a safe place to share them all. And, you can share your story in a number of different ways – by recording it, writing it or by making a panel.

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Remember Their Names

We are accepting online registration for :15 minute time slots so that you can create an audio archive of your story while you are in Washington, D.C. this summer. Our “Remember Their Names” tent on The National Mall will be active during both The Folklife Festival and Quilt In the Capital 2012. These applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and we will get back to you shortly with your assigned day and time.

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Share Online

Even if you can’t come to Washington, D.C. this summer, you can share your story with us online. Please send your story via email to  We will notify you once your story is posted.  For more information, click here.

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Make A Panel

You don’t have to be an artist or sewing expert to create a moving personal tribute remembering a life lost to AIDS, but you do have to make a panel in order to add a name to The Quilt. It’s not as complicated as many people think, though. It doesn’t matter if you use paint or fine needlework, iron-on transfers or hand made appliques, or even spray paint on a sheet; any remembrance is appropriate. (This is the only way to have a name added to The Quilt – by making a panel to remember your lost loved one.)

You may choose to create a panel privately as a personal memorial or you may choose to follow the traditions of old-fashioned quilting bees by including friends, family, and co-workers. That choice, like virtually everything else involved in making a panel, is completely up to you. You can also mail the panel to us or bring it to Washington, D.C. this summer and drop it off at New Panel Check-In during the displays happening on The National Mall.

Click here to learn how to create a panel for The Quilt.

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