Make a Quilt of Valor

A Quilt of Valor® is our award to Service Members and Veterans who have been touched by war.  It says, “thank you for your service and sacrifice in serving our nation.”

Quilts of Valor reflect the best possible workmanship and use of quality materials.  This is consistent with the Foundation’s core value of promoting excellence.

Choose Your Fabric and Patterns

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Fabric used for a Quilt of Valor should be quality, 100% cotton fabric appropriate for adults.

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A Quilt of Valor does not have to be red, white and blue, but patriotic colors are very popular with recipients. 

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Patterns and blocks can be of any design suitable for a patriotic theme. Browse patterns.

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Avoid juvenile, gender or branch specific fabrics, unless the recipient is known to you.

Put It All Together

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The recommended size of a Quilt of Valor is 60″ x 80″; it must be a minimum of 55″ x 65″ and maximum of 72″ x 90.

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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.

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Backings provided to The LongArmy Volunteer must be 8″ wider in width and 8″ longer in length.

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QOVF Members in good standing may request quilting of their tops by a LongArmy Volunteer, free of charge.

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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.

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Double fold, also known as French Fold, binding is recommended for durability. Hand stitch or neatly machine stitch binding, mitering all corners.

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A Quilt of Valor must be labeled as such, and include the name of the veteran or service member.  See our Policies and Procedures for additional information.

Donate Your QOV

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There are many Veterans and Service Members all over the country who have been nominated and are awaiting their Quilt award.  You can help by contacting a local Group or State Coordinator and donating your Quilt.

Donate your QOV to be awarded.  Choose a group to receive and award your QOV.

Donate your QOV to be awarded.  Choose a state coordinator to receive and award your QOV.

Award Your QOV

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A Quilt of Valor may be awarded to a Service Member or Veteran known to you who has been touched by war.   Please verify with them that have not previously received a Quilt of Valor.

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A QOV may be awarded in a presentation case, but this is not required.

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Machine launder the QOV using unscented, mild detergent to ensure any bleeding of fabric dyes has occurred.  Use of a color catcher that attracts loose dye during washing is highly recommended.

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A note, card, letter or journal documenting the creation of the QOV may be presented to the recipient with the quilt.

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Report the QOV as quickly as possible after the award.

All Quilts of Valor that you award on your own are to be reported through the Foundation’s website.  This ensures all Quilts and Recipients are recorded, counted and included in Our Mission statistics.