Quilts of Valor

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About Quilts of Valor
In each issue of Love of Quilting we include a quilt pattern that meets the guidelines established by the Quilts of Valor Foundation®. We feel very strongly about this patriotic program and you can see why. Take a look at the details below for a better understanding of what Quilts of Valor is all about.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation® is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®.

Under Our Wings™
UOW is a program that allows anyone to participate in national service by making a comforting Quilt of Valor® (QOV) for an American armed services member touched by war.

Who Can Participate?
Whether you’re a quilt shop owner, an experienced quilter (a Coach), someone who has never made a quilt before (a Rookie), or someone who simply wants to perform a national service, all are welcome to participate in this program.

A message from Catherine Roberts
Founder/Executive Director QOV Foundation®

The Light of Inclusion

In the early days of the organization, the primary focus was on awarding quilts to service members wounded in the Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF) conflicts. Catherine Roberts remembers:

I affectionately referred to these young men as “babies” to distinguish them from veterans of other conflicts. Among us civilians, there were no complaints, as we were in the throes of an ongoing war. However, there were faint rumblings from those who worked at Veterans Administration Medical Centers (VAMCs). They politely pointed out it wasn’t fair to award a QOV to one group of wounded and exclude others. The light of inclusiveness began to glimmer.

At an awards ceremony at a VAMC in White River Junction, VT, in 2006, we saw wounded veterans from all conflicts being awarded quilts, not our policy at the time. My husband Chris “got it” right away, but it took several years for me to really understand. That happened in 2009 in Bellingham, WA. A group of us got together for a quilting retreat. One of our activities for the weekend was to award quilts at an event called “American Veterans Tribute and Traveling Wall Exhibit” in Bellingham. I could not find a group of OIF/OEF veterans for the QOVs we brought that day. A group of Vietnam veterans were there to perform a “Patriot Guard” ride past the Vietnam traveling memorial wall on their motorcycles. This event changed my whole outlook on who should receive a Quilt of Valor. As we were awarding quilts, the Vietnam vets said over and over again, “Ma’am, this is the first time in forty years anyone has ever thanked me for my service.” All of us were thunderstruck. From then on, any warrior who had been touched by war, no matter when his or her service, could receive a Quilt of Valor. No questions asked.

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59 thoughts on “Quilts of Valor

  1. I just completed my first QOV top and am waiting for my long arm partner to return it to me. What a marvelous way to say Thank You to those that serve and help keep us free. I'm already planning my next QOV project!

  2. We presented 18 quilts to National Guard Unit at Camp Springfield Sat Feb 4 with the help of the northern IL group. Thank you ladies! Sure could use more quilters here or near St. Joseph, IL. I'm happy to coordinate getting them quilted and dispersed to veterans.

  3. So to make a QOV we can just do a quilt top and then request a longarm quilter to quilt it? Then it gets sent back to us to bind? do I have that correct? Would the long armer do the quilt sandwich?

  4. And they will assign you a longarmer. You communicate directly and send the top and backing. The long arm coordinator tries to find a quilter close to you to minimize the shipping costs. and they return the quilt to you for binding, labeling and a destination, which is also on the website. I have done over 200 quilts and have had good results.

  5. There is a group of ladies in McPherson, Kansas, that has been making quilts for 5 years. To date, we have made over 700 quilts, many of which go to our veterans, wounded warriors, and gold star mothers. We do not have the time to quilt all of them so most of them are tied. The recipients don't seem to mind!!!!!! What a "feel good" feeling!!!!!!!!

  6. Can you tell me more info on what is needed to donate blocks for a quilt. I'm just starting to learn the quilting and would thinking doing blocks would be a good way to start.

  7. Be sure to check out the page on the website http://www.qovf.org to find a Regional Coordinator in your area who can help answer some of your questions, help find a local group for sew-ins and or help you organize a group. We love to "talk" QOV, so be sure to contact us.

  8. Thank you for all of your questions about how to participate with Quilts of Valor. Please go to http://www.qovf.org to get your specific questions answered. There are great resources along the left-hand column of their website. Thank you for your generosity!

  9. I want to make a QOV, but cannot find patterns. Where should I go? And what are the size requirements? And where can I find the labels, mentioned in this morning's Fons & Porter Quilt show?

    Thanks, Sandra D

  10. Thanks for the web site, however, I went there, found out about material, size, and classes. Don't need that. Did find out about labels. But no patterns. Frustrated! Want to get pattern to shop for material today. No patterns. Have your mag. from Jan/Feb 2012, nice pattern, but too complicated for me. Suggestions? Don't do facebook or twitter.
    From Sandra D

  11. I watched your show this morning and would like to make a quilt (or quilts). You did mention size but where will I find the pattern? Joyce W.

  12. We are honored to feature a Quilt of Valor pattern in each of our magazine issues. Mark Lipinski's Quilt of Valor pattern is featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Love of Quilting which will be on newsstands 8/14/12.

  13. Having a husband you fought in the Viet Nam War it means so much to me to see this generation reach out to the soldiers. I have a small quilt shop in my cabin and we are doing Dear Jane and I feel I must start a Quilts for Valor gathering too. You guys are just awesome! Thanks again. Karen

  14. I want to make a quilt of valor, but don't know who to give it to. I live in Durant,Ok. Please help me get started I have my own material and my daughter can longarm quilt it.

  15. I was thinking about one of my friends that was in that war that would not talk about it to me. I am so happy to see them be honored now a days. I am going to get some fabric and try to make him a quilt of valor..

  16. I had a dear cousin and neighbor who had both fought in Vietnam…and how the war had impacted their lives. When I mailed the first quilt to my cousin, he called me crying. He could not thank me enough for recognizing his service in an unpopular war. My neighbor stood a bit taller when he received his quilt, and with tears in his eyes, I understood the loss he had experienced as a young man serving his country. Thank you for all the patterns for the "Quilts of Valor." They make a differance!

  17. My husband served in Vietnam, as did his brother; and neither one talks about it. Ever so often my husband will tell me about a funny incident, but nothing else, so I don't push the subject. He is a Bronze Star recipient, but he won't say why. I'm just putting the binding on a Quilt of Honor that I made for him to show him his service was appreciated. He has seen it and is thrilled.

  18. Our quilt guild (Heartland Quilters) is having a quilt show in July titled "Patriotic Pride". My husband is a 32 year veteran and my eldest son has served for 24 years and is still serving. So I asked our guild to make all our spouses and children who are involved in the military in any way (retired or active) a 'Quilt of Valor'. We have made 26 quilts for our guild family members. We will present them at a special ceremony at the quilt show. One of our state representatives will help with the presentation. We have 18 that will be presented that night and the rest will be donated to the 'Quilts of Valor' in Birmingham Alabama. This is an amazing undertaking for our small guild and I am so proud of our members who have done such a great job. The quilts are all red, white, and blue. They are different but all so beautiful! It is such an honor to give a little something back to those who have given so much for our country.

  19. I would like to make the Stars & Strips Patriotic Quilt of Valor, but I see it's not offered as one of the free patriotic patterns, nor is Star-Spangled Beauty, which is an "Easy Patriotic Quilt of Valor". Instead, we need to BUY the patterns. Have you no shame, when we are making quilts for wounded soldiers returning from battle?

  20. I made the Stars &Stri[es Sampler Quilt and it is very large. Wondering if I can use send it . If not I wilol give it to my son who was a pilot in Vietnam and is my Hero. Jun.25,2013 Genny

  21. Ditto on the comments about the patterns. We are willing to make the quilts and use our own resources for all materials and the quilting. The least you could do is provide the free pattern. Next year I will be president of my guild and we have talked about making one. It's been awhile since our last. I'm disappointed in you. How committed are you really?

  22. Just thought I would let all of you know that there are Free QOV patterns on the Web site and e-mails that I get reguraly. The one that came with this one is called AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, it is marked EASY, so everyone who quilts can make this one up in a hurry. What F & P is doing is great and really how many of you have or know peopple who have and keep old copies of the F & P Love of Quilting issues, time to quit complaing and start doing some quilting…and besides i think any R/W/B quilt with Stars on it will be appreciated by any one who has served.

  23. I finnd it so hard to believe that some people would have the nerve to complain about the cost of a pattern when these men and women gave their all for your freedom.

  24. I am a hospice nurse and care for many Veterans that we recognize in our Veteran's Program, but it would wonderful if there wasa pattern for a lap Quilt or something smaller That could be made as this is "end of life care" please let me know if there is a standard size or a smaller version so I can get to work. Thank you.

  25. I am stunned that some of you ladies question the commitment of LOQ editors simply because they do not provide free downloads for the QOV patterns. Aren't there plenty of free patterns out there already? No one forces you to make a QOV, but if you want an extra special pattern (and many of theirs are) you should not be put out to pay a few dollars to make a quilt for veterans who were willing to put their very lives on the line for you and your freedom. Shame on YOU. Designers have a make a living, after all.

  26. Please we have a new quilting bee and are making QOV exactly what are the guidelines for the quilts. We didn't realize there was a certain requirement other than red white and blue. Thanks

  27. I am making a valor quilt for friend that was in Afghanistan and want to know how to get it registered. Have request this on the QOV site several times but can not get an answer.

  28. Your commitment to QOV seems to be simply for profit. The patterns are for sale, I mean free by buying F+P-Love of Quilting. I would truly admire and respect you dedication to QOV if you would publish for free, patterns for these quilts.My resources are limited, so these pattern fees would go toward postage. I thoroughly enjoy watching LOQ weekly. My suggestion is to please include measurements, so I can start the quilting process before downloading the pattern. I always give credit as to where the pattern was found and also to the designer. Please make all information for QOV readily accessible.

  29. Last year was the 1st year my quilting guild began the QOV project. I am very patriotic so there was no twisting my arm to start making blocks. This year I've made an entire top and donating it to my daughter who was deployed into Northern Bagdad a few years back for 15 months. I am very excited about being a part of this entire project and I plan to continue making quilt tops for other. They all deserve to have a comforting quilt and know that they are appreciated for what they've been through. God Bless them all!

  30. I have a son who is a wounded veteran and one of his friend who is still active duty. I want to make both of the a Quilt of Valor. How do I get it registered and is it okay for me to both make and give them their quilts. For both of them being from me will make it more special.

  31. please provide the pattern illustrated in the April/May issue that is in the May/June issue. I do to have and cannot locate a copy near me. Thanks. Have a group of sewers waiting!

  32. I am a member of Emerald City Quilters of Dublin, Ga. and our quilt challenge this year was to make quilt of valor quilts for the Carl Vinson Veterans Hospital. We request that they quilts have at least one star in it. we have the promise of 42 quilts so for.

  33. My Viet Nam retired carrier pilot is in need of some recognition. He flew 144 carrier missions and remained in the navy 21 years. At 74 years of age most of his memory is of his career. He had 3 compressed vertebrae from ejecting without his parachute opening and more challenging is his loss of hearing from the excessive noise. He loves his country and any honor would be immensly appreciated. How does a veteran apply for a quilt? We are in the Salt Lake City area.
    Sue Beyer

  34. I have made this quilt and thought to give it to QJOV but discovered it is larger than your requirements, so wondered if I could present it to my son who was a Vietnam pilot and was fortunate enough to make it home safe I even was able to print the tag for the back and have done so. please answer by e-mail Thank you. I so enjoy the Love of Quilting.

  35. I wanted to make a quilt and bought the kit w/anchors from F & P. It was the most difficult quilt I ever made. I decided to give to my uncle who served in the Navy in WWII. He enlisted at a very young age. When he came home he married, and started a family. At that point my father died and my uncle became the father figure to my brothers & myself. Those two reasons is why he will receive the QOV.

  36. My high school class will be celebrating their 55th reunion in 2018 and I am considering making a Quilt of Valor for each of our members who served in the military. There are at least 19 still living so, at present, I'm copying off QOV patterns from Love of Quilting magazine.

  37. My son and his wife are both in the Air Force – in March, my daughter-in-law will be retiring. They have three young children and she had decided that it is time to give them a full time mommy. Would she be qualified to get a QOV?

    1. Hi Alice – Visiting the Quilts of Valor Foundation website or sending them an email with your inquiry will be the best way to get an accurate answer to your question. However, I do see, after perusing the QOVF website, that a QOV donation can be requested for a particular service person (they can fill out the form or you can do it for them). This might be the way to go! Good luck and we appreciate your son’s and his wife’s service. ~Carrie