NEEDED! Quilts of Valor

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to explain Quilts of Valor and how freedom quilts can help our wounded combat warriors/veterans. Now is the time to give back to our servicemembers through freedom quilts.

Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation whose goal is to cover ALL physically or psychologically wounded servicemembers with a freedom quilt, honoring them for their sacrifices.

The movement was originally started by Catherine Roberts of Seaford, DE in 2003 but has now spread across the United States and even has an international presence.

Over 5,546 (this figure changes daily) of our men and women have died as a result of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and almost 25 percent of the veterans returning home suffer from
some type of physical or psychological wound. We have plenty of work to do to show our gratitude. Now is the time to get involved and give back to our combat warriors/veterans.

We invite you to join the cause and make an American patchwork quilt for maybe a special warrior/veteran that you may know or one that you don't know but would like to thank. Send us a photo and your story along with a photo of the recipient if at all possible. Often it is difficult, if not impossible, to get a picture of the warrior.

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It is our pledge to support everyone that gets involved with this movement. We encourage you to follow the parameters as outlined by the QOV Foundation by first making a quilt for our wounded men and women and then send that quilt to the Foundation who will in turn forward it on to a hospital.

We then ask that you copy us on your quilt along with your journal or comments as to why you feel our military personnel is near and dear to your heart(s). We also welcome and encourage feedback from the servicemembers telling their story along with their picture(s) holding the quilt. Often time the picture or thank you note from the warrior is difficult, but the program is designed to show gratitude for the freedom that our military personnel afford us with or without a thank you!

We in turn will post on this site as many American patchwork quilting pictures as possible. We reserve the right to decline any pictures or quilt that we feel is not relevant to our customer base.

We will publish a Bio of the quilting stores that donate a freedom quilt. A shop owner, organization, or individual that participates by donating a Quilts-of-Valor quilt along with the necessary postage to mail the quilt to the combat warriors/veterans will be recognized.

There are several ways you can get involved in the Quilts-of-Valor movement and one of them doesn't even involve sewing!

  • Any Individual can make a finished QOV quilt;
  • Any Quilting Group can make a finished QOV quilt;
  • Any Owners of quilting stores can make or donate a finished QOV quilt;
  • Donate funds to the QOV non-profit foundation;
  • Or donate fabrics to your local QOV group;
  • Donated funds offset the costs of shipping the QOVs to military hospitals.

To print a QOV - Quilt Submission Form we make it easy.

A label for the back of your QOV quilt can be printed also. This is the official fill-in-label from QOV.

After you type in the blanks, print the quilt label on inkjet printable fabric and hand stitch to the back of your quilt. Please note you can fill in the blanks on this label and print it out but you cannot save the data you typed.

You will need a matching pillowcase in which to ship the quilt. Here are the instructions on making a pillowcase to match your QOV quilt again, we make it easy.

Remember to come back and submit your story and/or photo to our Quilt Gallery Page.  Just fill in the form and show the world your piece or art!

Quilts-of-Valor have some Requirements

Most Quilts of Valor are made from some combination of red, white, and blue fabrics. However, this is not a requirement. An American patchwork quilting design says a lot to a servicemember defending our rights! 

Since the freedom quilts are distributed to adults, the size of the quilt and theme of the fabric are significant. Fabrics for children are not appropriate.

The size requirements for all quilts are:

  • Minimum quilt size: 50 X 60-inches;
  • Maximum quilt size: 72 X 87-inches;
  • All fabric must be 100 percent cotton;
  • All quilts must be quilted, NOT tied;
  • All quilts need the binding sewn on and securely stitched.
  • All quilts must be laundered and clean.
  • All quilts must have a label stitched to the back side.
  • Each quilt must have a submission form secured with a pin.
  • Each quilt must be contained in a presentation case (matching pillow case).
  • Each quilt must have a letter from the group, guild or individual that made the quilt for the soldier to read and keep. 

Your stories will inspire the warriors/veterans, just as their stories will inspire you. The servicemember will, one day, appreciate the amount of work that went into making a freedom quilt and just exactly what kind of a loving and caring person would create such a token of appreciation.

To learn more detailed information you can go to the official Web Page for QOV.

This site has extensive information on the steps for making the label and what information needs to be on the label, suggestions for what to include in your journal, how to test to see if your fabric is suitable, a video on how to make a presentation case and much, much more information to get you started.

How to Find Our War Wounded

Warriors/veterans rarely admit to being wounded or affected psychologically. It's not hard to find them, oh! Actually they are standing, sitting or walking right next to you. They are all around you. When you ask, "Have you deployed downrange?" If the answer is "yes" then there's your deserving Quilts of Valor warrior.

Contact your state representative from the Family Assistance Center (FAC) (Google---> Family Assistance Center + your state.) FACs are considered "One Stop Shopping" for Military members and their families.

There are many other ideas for finding a warrior/veteran by visiting the Quilts of Valor Home Page.

No matter what method you use to locate a deserving warrior in order to donate your freedom quilt be sure to come back here and send us your pics and a snippet of your journal so we can include it on our web site for others to see which in turn will inspire others to get involved in this worthy project of creating Quilts of Valor. Thank you and God bless!

"WE DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE CARED!"

The most frequent remark from a Quilts of Valor recipient is: "We Didn't Know anyone Cared."

Join the thousands who have shown support and given tangible comfort to our physically, psychologically and spiritually wounded servicemembers. Help make Quilts of Valor so ALL our service men and women can be covered with a quilt. They DO make a difference in their lives!




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