FAQ: Quilters’ Questions and Patterns

by | Aug 5, 2020 | Archive

Quilt Standards
  • A Quilt of Valor does not have to be red, white and blue, but patriotic colors are very popular with recipients. Panels can provide a great focal point and bring in other colors. Think creatively with the recipient in mind.
  • Recommended size: is 60" x 80"; minimum: 55" x 65"; maximum: 72" x 90".
  • Use quality, adult-appropriate, 100% cotton, quilt-weight fabrics. Avoid juvenile prints and branch-specific fabric unless the recipient is known in advance, as this creates difficulty in identifying a recipient.
  • 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.
  • Wash quilt once completed so it is soft and so that any potential fabric dye bleeding issues are resolved. Use cold water, mild detergent and unscented products. A color catcher will capture fabric dyes in washer.
  • A Quilt of Valor may be awarded in a presentation case, though a presentation case is not required. QOVs must have a presentation case when going to overseas facilities, to continuing destinations, or if requested.  Information about making a presentation case is in the “QOV Construction Quick Reference Guide” in the Appendices section of the Policies &Procedures manual.
  • A presentation pillow case is optional, unless sending overseas. Try a QOVF woven label for your case, visit our QOVF Store.
Quilt Patterns

Quilts of Valor may be made from any quilt pattern as long as the size requirements are followed. The ones offered below are a very small selection of patterns available.

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Fabric & Pattern
  • Use quality, adult-appropriate, 100% cotton, quilt-weight fabrics. Avoid juvenile prints and branch-specific fabric unless the recipient is known.
  • A Quilt of Valor does not have to be red, white and blue, but patriotic colors are very popular with recipients. Panels can provide a great focal point and bring in other colors. Think creatively with the recipient in mind.
  • Use a commercial pattern or your own design. Avoid full size flag patterns that might resemble a casket flag.

More info in Policies & Procedures > 

Backing & Binding
  • Use quality, 100% cotton; backings provided to LongArmy Volunteers must be 8" wider in width and 8" longer in length. Wide commercial backings sold at quilt and fabric stores are acceptable. Square up, press and fold backing neatly before providing to quilter.
  • Use quality, low loft batting such as cotton, cotton blends, polyester or polyester blends.
  • Double fold, also known as French fold, is recommended for durability. Hand stitch or neatly machine stitch binding, mitering all corners.

More info in Policies & Procedures >

Labeling a Quilt of Valor
  • The label must state quilt is a Quilt of Valor in order to be awarded as a Quilt of Valor and recorded as such.
  • Make your own label or purchase at a participating quilt shop or online at Spoonflower.com.
  • Use permanent fabric pen when personalizing.
  • Include name of recipient, names of piecer, quilter and binder, city and state of residence if desired, date and location of award. First and last names may be used.
  • Label may also include simple washing instructions of cold water, mild detergent, use a color catcher initially and tumble dry low.
  • Religious or political messages may not be included
Optional Presentation Case

A presentation case is like gift wrapping for a Quilt of Valor. Presentation cases are always required for QOVs going to the overseas destinations and to the medical facilities on our Continuing Destinations List. They are optional for local, individual or small group awards.

Two ways of making a presentation case:

Judy Woodmansee’s “Sausage Pillowcase” is beautiful when completed and fun to make!  Watch Judy’s video demonstration to learn more.

https://youtu.be/NLnrC9yo8tY

You can also make a reusable bag for your QOV.

Longarming a QOV

A QOV can be longarmed locally. 

A limited number of QOVF members who are also longarm machine quilters across the U.S. have registered to serve as LongArmy Volunteers and longarmer for QOVF at no charge.

QOVF members in good standing may request a LongArmy volunteer to longarm their tops.

Request a LongArmy Volunteer

More info in Policies & Procedures >

Awarding or Donating a Quilt

You can award your quilt locally, or donate it to a group, state coordinator, or destination.

Award or Donate your QOV >

Why is my Group not listed on the "Who's In My Area" Map?

QOV groups are listed on the Map if two (2) conditions are met:

- The group is in good standing and their registration has not expired (dues paid).

- The group leader has signed and submitted the Group Leader Financial Responsibility Form (FRF).

Information listed on Who's in My Area is from the group membership profile.  To ensure your listing is correct, review or update your group profile:

  1. Login to Member Dashboard using your Group ID and password
  2. Click on Update Profile
  3. Provide login and PW again,  to go the membership area
  4. Select 'My Profile' from the dropdown list in upper right corner of page.

If you are the Group Leader,  ensure your group dues are paid , you have completed the Group Leader Financial Responsibility Form (FRF), and your profile lists the correct information.  The FRF can be found on your Member Dashboard under Resources and Forms > Member Information. If you need further assistance Contact Us by using the email contact form.