Basic QOV Requirements

Standards of Excellence for Quilts of Valor®

Overview of the QOV Process

Standards of Excellence

Fabric

  • Do
    • Use high quality 100% cotton quilting weight fabric appropriate for an adult.
  • Do Not
    • Use sheets, thin, stiff, metallic or scratchy fabric.

Pattern

  • Do
    • Many free patterns are available on our website and on the web.
  • Do Not
    • Make rag or flag replica quilts.
    • Make a wholecloth or cheater cloth QOV unless you are a professional quality quilter.

Size

  • Do
    • Top: Recommended 60"x80"; Minimum 55"x65".
    • Backing 4 to 5 inches larger on all four sides.
  • Do Not
    • Make quilt top less than 55" x 65" or larger than 72" x 90"

Binding

  • Do
    • Use straight cut or bias double fold binding; join binding pieces with diagonal seams.
    • Apply neatly by hand or machine.
  • Do Not
    • Fold over backing and use as binding or zig-zag binding in place.

Quilting

  • Do
    • Machine or hand quilting in an appropriate design. (free hand, pantograph, or computer guided patriotic or generic designs).
    • Balanced stitches of uniform size. (5 - 7 stitches per inch if quilted by hand; 8 -12 stitches per inch if by machine).
    • Low-loft quality batting. (Cotton, 80/20, or poly from Pellon, Warm Company; Quilter's Dream; Hobbs)
  • Do Not
    • Tie.
    • Do only stitch in the ditch on a domestic machine or use giant meander.
    • Do not use high-loft batting.

Label

  • Do
    • Must say Quilt of Valor and include a blank for name of recipient.
    • Should include names of piecer and quilter.
  • Do Not
    • Do not include more than your first name and state.
    • Include advertising, political or religious messages.

Journal

  • Do
    • Write a note to the recipient.
  • Do Not
    • Do not include more than your first name, and state.
    • Include advertising, political or religious messages.

Washing

  • Do
    • Wash your quilt after it is quilted and bound.
    • Use a Color Catcher in the machine.
  • Do Not
    • Use scented laundry products.
    • Send a quilt covered in pet hair or tobacco smoke.

Presentation Case

  • Do
    • Make a coordinating pillowcase or bag in which to place your QOV.
  • Do Not
    • Send your quilt without a presentation case.