The Quilt of Valor Foundation is a non-profit group of over 11,000 volunteer quilters from across the United States of America. Their mission is to cover our service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing. In 2003, a quilter named Catherine Roberts had the idea of comforting service members with quilts during the time her son was deployed in Iraq. Since then, over 326,000 Quilts of Valor (QOV) have been awarded in the United States, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They are awarded in major treatment centers such as Walter Reed Hospital and Brook Army Medical Center, at VA centers and facilities, and especially through personal contact.
Once an active service member or honorably discharged veteran has been nominated to receive a QOV, that nomination request is transferred to the appropriate State Coordinator who in turn assigns it to the group located nearest the nominee. The Group Leader contacts the nominee and arranges for the QOV award to take place.
The award is dependent on the availability of completed quilts that the group has, and in some cases, can take up to 18 months. In the case of the Stars Over Texas QOV group, CQGEC’s liaison coordinates with guild members to stitch blocks that will be combined to make quilts. Over the past few years our guild has stitched and donated blocks to make many quilts. Some members have made complete quilts, some have done the quilting, and others have completed the binding. These quilts mean so much to our service members. They are very grateful for the care and kindness of those willing to volunteer to make them feel so appreciated. Due to the amazing number of quilts produced by our guild members, our group has been able to award QOVs as soon as the nomination is received. We look forward to your continued support with this very worthwhile endeavor. Thank you so much!
– Carol Adams, Group Leader, Stars Over Texas QOV and CQGEC member
– Patty Ozga, Creative Director, Stars Over Texas QOV and CQGEC member
QOV Quilters' Instructions
OV Quilt Requirements:
- Fabric used for QOV should be quality 100% cotton fabric appropriate for adults.
- A QOV does not have to be red, white and blue, but patriotic colors are very popular with recipients.
- Patterns and blocks can be of any design suitable for a patriotic theme (Browse Patterns). These QOV patterns should be limited/used for QOV projects.
- Avoid juvenile, gender or branch specific fabrics, unless the recipient is known to you.
- The recommended size of a Quilt of Valor is 60” x 80”. It must be a minimum of 55” x 65” and a maximum of 72” x 90”.
- The Quilt consists of a top, batting, and backing. It must be machine or hand quilted. A tied quilt is not acceptable for a Quilt of Valor.
- Backings provided to the Long Arm Volunteer must be 8” wider and 8” longer in length.
- QOVF Members in good standing may request quilting of their tops by a Long Arm Volunteer, free of charge.
- Use quality, low loft batting such as cotton, cotton blends, polyester, or polyester blends. Quilting should be appropriate for the quilt and not overly dense, which can reduce the loft of the quilt.
- Double fold, also known as French Fold, binding is recommended for durability, hand stitch or neatly machine stitch binding.
- A Quilt of Valor must be labeled as such and include the name of the veteran or service member.
QOV Guild Project Blocks:
2019 Quilt Pattern Approved for 2023 Project 1
- Fabric Requirements
- Step 1 Instructions
- Step 2 Instructions
- Step 3 Instructions
- Step 4 Instructions
- Step 5 Instructions
Steps to nominate an active service member or an honorably discharged veteran*.
- Open your browser.
- Go to qovf.org.
- Click Nominations & Awards from the top menu bar.
- Click and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Click Online Nomination Form.
- Click Online Nomination Form again.
- *Complete the entire form, answering all questions.
- Submit form.
* If you have coordinated this nomination with our local QOV Group or Individual, type “Stars Over Texas, Patty Ozga” in the field below Nominator Phone. This will ensure the nomination form goes directly to Patty’s chapter. Should you have any questions, contact email@example.com.