Making a QOV
A Quilt of Valor is our award to those who have been touched by war. It says "thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor" in serving our nation.
What it is:
QOV finished smallest measurements: 55" x 65".
- The rationale behind this size is a QOV is meant to be used as a lap blanket-quilt. If you are in doubt about the size of your qov top, grab someone over six feet and have them lie down on the couch with your top. Do their tootsies stick out? Does it look like they can cuddle with it or will use it as a large napkin? See where this is going?
Use of quality cotton fabrics
- There is wonderful looking and inexpensive fabric available and in our present economy, what's wrong with this? The problem comes in with wear and tear and washings. This type of inexpensive fabric just doesn't hold up in the long run like the more expensive fabrics.
Nicely pieced pattern for top and quilting design
Suitable backing for a cuddly lap quilt
Has a label on back which says it is a QOV
Has a Presentation Case
Has an accompanying note/letter from QOV-makers
After seven plus years and nearly 70,000 QOVs, we know what works for a quilt to be a Quilt of Valor. Your recipient stood in harm's way. They left the wire to do patrols in over 130 degree heat. They lost buddies and came home with their war demons. As a two Blue Star mom, I have insisted from the beginning that our QOVs would be quality made so that the QOV could last a lifetime of daily use. Making QOVs is not about mass production. Rather it's about honoring, comforting those who have served our Nation while at war.
If you find you can't afford quality fabric, contact your local VFW or American Legion or Service Club and ask for contributions. Usually they are more than happy to help out.
If you have a desire to make a QOV and need help, we're here for you. You can contact your Regional Coordinator for your local area or give us a call.