Quilts of Valor (QOV)

The mission of the QOV Foundation is to give every military service member a wartime quilt called a Quilt of Valor. The foundation was established in 2003 by a mother when her son’s unit was deployed to Iran. Aiming to offer comfort, quilters across the nation have rallied to this effort and over 100,000 quilts have been donated thus far. The effort is not about politics. It is about people helping other people by honoring them, as well as saying “Thank You” to those who serve and protect our citizens and our country.

Fabric used should be high quality 100% “shirt-weight” or “quilt-weight” cotton fabric appropriate for adults. While Quilts of Valor do not have to be red, white, and blue, most recipients, given a choice, choose quilts that are patriotic in theme. Patterns and blocks can be of any design suitable for a patriotic theme.

A Quilt of Valor is to be large enough to cover an average-sized adult, with an ideal
size approximately 60″ x 80.″ Finished size can be no smaller than 55″ x 65″ and no
larger than 72″ x 90.″ A Quilt of Valor consists of a top, batting, and backing, and
must be machine quilted or hand quilted. A tied quilt is not acceptable for a Quilt of
Valor. Batting should be quality, low-loft batting. Quilting should be appropriate for
the quilt and not overly dense, which can reduce the loft of the quilt.

For the past several years guild members have made and celebrated the Quilt of Valor effort in July. In 2014 the quilts donated were for a special event to be held in Tampa for the Tuskegee Airmen who flew in World War II. Thanks to all of you who took the time and effort to make a Quilt of Valor. Each of your beautiful quilts will provide comfort to its recipient. In past years our quilts have been shipped to the US hospital in Ramstein, Germany, to Iran and within the United States depending on where the quilts were most needed.

Also at the July 2014 meeting, a Quilt of Valor was presented to Eugene Timmons of
Monticello, FL who served with the Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Timmons was accompanied to the guild meeting by his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and two
grandchildren. See pictures below.

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