The AccuQuilt Gallery welcomes Quilts of Valor, a showcase of eight quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Volunteer quilters get together to make quilts for veterans during sew-ins every first Wednesday of the month. The quilts will be on display through January 27.
Quilts of Valor was founded by Catherine Roberts, a retiree from the healthcare field, in 2003 when her oldest son was deployed to Iraq. Roberts had a vision of a post-deployed warrior struggling with his war demons in the wee hours. He was sitting on the side of his bed wrapped in a quilt, which not only comforted him but warded off his war demons. Since that initial vision, a quilting partnership ensued between piecers and quilters and eventually quilts were being awarded to wounded warriors through the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all military service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. These quilts must meet certain standards of excellence like using quality 100% cotton fabric, contain a patriotic theme, and be large enough to cover an average-sized adult.
Thus far, over 100,000 quilts have been awarded to service members and veterans. If you would like to participate in this great cause or want to learn more about the organization, see qovf.org.
Quilts of Valor
You can view the quilts from the Quilts of Valor Foundation at the AccuQuilt Gallery Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (by appointment) through January 27. You can also see them online on the AccuQuilt Gallery page.