Northwest Quilters, Inc.
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Quilts of Valor
The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a national nonprofit nonpolitical volunteer organization founded by Catherine Roberts in November 2003. Its mission is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Originally, QOVs were given only to injured active military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the guidelines were broadened to include all active military and other service veterans, regardless of the conflict (declared or otherwise). As of mid-August 2019, over 226,000 QOVs have been awarded and registered in the US and in our military hospitals in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar.
A Quilt of Valor is considered to be the civilian equivalent of a military award; it is a lifetime award (only one per person) and is never "handed over" or "handed out", but always individually awarded. Quilts of Valor does not provide quilts to organizations for permanent public display or to serve as bed covers for hospital beds. Quilts of Valor cannot be purchased and cannot be sold; we do not expect any donation of any kind when we award a Quilt of Valor.
Instructions for making a Quilt of Valor, click here.
To become a member of our QOVF-registered group, the cost is $6 per year ($5 annually per person, plus $1 toward the group registration fee). Or you can join the Foundation individually for a $20 fee, through the QOVF website. To set up your own QOVF group, the cost is $30 per year for group registration plus $5 per year per person, with a minimum of 2 persons.
We hold sew days monthly on the last Monday of the month. You can either bring a QOV project to work on or help with a group project that will be provided for you. Bring a sewing machine and all the tools if you want to piece. If you like sewing on binding, you can do that. If you prefer to cut pieces or iron for others, that is available as well. If you are new to sewing, this is a great place to learn. We sew from 9 - 3 and have a lunch at noon. For more information, please use the "Contact Us" button below or email the coordinator.
TO REQUEST A QUILT OF VALOR FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW:
Go to the QOVF website (http://QOVF.org/); near the center of the page, click on the red banner "How to Request a Quilt of Valor" and follow the prompts.
Community Outreach chair, Maureen Orr Eldred
Click here to read an OregonLive article about the presentation of Quilts of Valor quilts to Oregon National Guard members at the Hillsboro Armory on September 27, 2015.
Click here to see an NBC Nightly News report (October 21, 2013) on Quilts of Valor.
Click here to see a YouTube video about the making of Quilts of Valor in Oregon.