The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover all our Veterans with our healing and comforting Quilts of Valor.
Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son'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.
She hit upon the idea that linking quilt-toppers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of covering all returning service members Quilts of Valor (QOV’s), a tangible reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude. Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort.
QOV’s are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Service members and Veterans are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”
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 long-armer. After it has been bound, washed and labeled, it is ready to be awarded. Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members and veterans; Whether the QOV's are presented to entire service units or individually, 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
Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of July 2022, there have been over 318,483 quilts awarded to service members and Veterans.
So the answer to “Why Quilts of Valor?” is this: It is a wonderful form of National Service and anyone can do it!
National Service starts at home. Make a Quilt of Valor!
For more information visit the website www.QOVF.org.
QOVF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization