The QOVF was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts. As stated on the QOVF website: " The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL combat wounded and injured service members from the War on Terror whether physical or psychological wounds with wartime quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVS)." QOVF gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for our wounded soldiers, and to love-up on those who have valiantly served to keep us safe.
It is very important for you to visit the Quilts of Valor Foundation website (www.qovf.org) for full and detailed information regarding the organization, volunteers, recipients, and the process and requirements for making Qults of Valor. Here is a brief summary of the general process:
1. One or more quilters make the top.
2. The top-maker requests a volunteer longarm quilter from the QOVF website, or a local quilter may volunteer.
3. The top-maker ships the completed top and backing to the longarmer, who provides the batting and quilting services
4. The top-maker and longarmer agree as to which of them will apply the binding and label and wash the quilt.
5. A "presentaiton case" is made (usually by the top-maker). It is most often a pillow case, but can take other forms as well.
6. A Journal usually accompies the quilt. It may include information about the top-maker and quilter, the construction of the quilt, and some pictures related to the quilt and quiltmakers.
7. A destination address is requested from the QOVF website, and the quilt, case, and journal are shipped to the destination.
8. The quilt is presented by the QOVF to the recipient, most often in a special appreciation ceremony. There are wonderful pictures of the ceremonies, recipients, and quilters on their website.
Let's make our quilts with the awareness that the love and comfort we want to convey is felt and enjoyed by them always.
Now, read the Quilts of Valor Construction Guidelines, and go shopping for fabric!
Jul 02 2010, 10:15 AM