Honor our Nation’s Veterans and Service Members, by covering those touched by war with comforting and healing.
Quilts of Valor Foundation does just that. Literally.
They provide quilts to comfort and help with healing our veterans and service members touched by war.
“My quilt isn’t another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.”
“As silly as it might sound for a soldier with over three years in Iraq and Afghanistan to say, that blanket became a true item of comfort and peace for the road ahead.”
This foundation is not about politics. It’s about people.
Catherine Roberts’ Dream
Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream. Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq. According to Catherine:
The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and wellbeing. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was:
Quilts = Healing
The model appeared simple: have a volunteer team who would donate their time and materials to make a quilt. One person would piece the top and the other would quilt it. I saw the name for this special quilt. It was a Quilt of Valor, a QOV.
What Quilts of Valor Are
From the beginning, Catherine Roberts had definite ideas about standards of excellence for Quilts of Valor:
I knew a Quilt of Valor had to be a quality-made quilt, not a “charity quilt.” A Quilt of Valor had to be quilted, not tied, which meant hand or machine quilting. Quilts of Valor would be “awarded,” not just passed out like magazines or videos. A Quilt of Valor would say unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor” in serving our nation in combat.
Total Quilts Awards Recorded 171,434
We are donating to Quilts of Valor Foundation today, so they can continue to make beautiful comforting quilts for our fine heroes!
If you’d like to quilt, donate, or request a Quilt of Valor for a service member or veterans, go to: www.qovf.org.