Quiltmaker Supports Quilts of Valor Foundation

Quilts of Valor Foundation has a mission to cover all U.S. warriors and combat veterans with healing, comforting Quilts of Valor.

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Quiltmaker’s shop site, Quilt and Sew Shop, and other shop sites owned by our parent company, are hosting a benefit for Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) now through
May 16.

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Your purchase will benefit Quilts of Valor Foundation.

During this time, 10% of sales will benefit QOVF. If you’ve been thinking about a kit, book or pattern, now’s the time to get it.

Things you might enjoy from our shop:

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9 in print or digital format

 

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America the Beautiful digital pattern

America the Beautiful digital pattern (start sewing right away!)

 

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501 Quilting Motifs: A great resource for anyone who wants to finish quilts in style.

The popular 501 Quilting Motifs book from Quiltmaker is a go-to resource for anyone who quilts. Also available as an ebook!

 

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We have convenient kits for Regal Patch, one of the series of QM Patch Pals.

Who can resist the latest Patch Pal, whom we’ve named Regal Patch. We have a convenient kit for the king of the jungle.

 

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Get hundreds of original quilting ideas in QM’s Quilting Motifs books

Quiltmaker’s ever-popular Quilting Motifs books: Buy as a set or buy them individually.

Remember that shopping now benefits this fine organization!

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Support Quilts of Valor Foundation when you shop through May 16.

 

More about Quilts of Valor

Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began the Quilts of Valor Foundation from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved provided the rest.

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She hit upon the idea that linking quilt-toppers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of coverall all returning service men and women touched by war.  These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor (QOV’s), would be a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude. Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our wounded combat warriors and veterans.

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QOV’s are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Our troops who have been wounded or touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”

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A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 x 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer. After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.

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Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of QOV’s to entire service units returning from combat deployments; they may be awarded at VA’s or presented individually.

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No matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal. As one recipient said “My quilt isn’t another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.”  – SSgt RC, US Army, Iraq ‘05

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Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of this May 2014, there have been over 100,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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3 Responses to Quiltmaker Supports Quilts of Valor Foundation

  1. Claudia says:

    I think long armer quilting came into the picture to make sure a pieced top became a completed quilt, most long arm quilters do not charge for quilting a QOV, and it provided an opportunity for new LAQ to have quilt tops to work on. However a QOV is quilted or pieced/appliqued, my understanding is that it is acceptable. Just make one with the love and attention you would use to make a quilt for a loved one.

    I have personally participated in making three completed QOV, and another couple languish for attention. One I received a hand written thank you to the anonymous quilt maker, and another verbally from the recipient. Unbelievable feeling.

  2. M. Mann says:

    Just curious to know why a QOV MUST be quilted by a long armer?

    Would have thought that the love quilted in by someone using a domestic machine and wrestling with the quilt or someone making a QAYG would still be a valuable and fitting QOV.

    • Karen Demaree says:

      It does not have to be quilted by a longarmer. We just have longarmers who volunteer to get those tops quilted for those who don’t know or like to do machine or hand quilting. You certainly can finish the whole quilt yourself. BTW: the “don’t just SID (stitch in the ditch) requirement is for those who think stitching around a 12″ block is sufficient. You may SID but make sure it is close enough to be even and to hold up through many washings as those in hospitals must be washed often.

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