NEW Free Quilts of Valor Pattern to Donate Using GO! Dies

May 29, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by Alyssa Nordmeyer

 

The QOVF & AccuQuilt Came Together

Last year, AccuQuilt’s livestream event, "Hometown Heroes," featured special guests with inspirational stories and their sense of pride in their country and quilting.

 

This event also provided information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF), their mission to cover service members/veterans touched by war with the comfort and healing of quilts, as well as how to get involved with this compassionate organization.

 

This year, we want to put another spotlight on the dedicated members of the QOVF so that those who are interested can join their team just in time for Memorial Day.

 

 

 

 

 

About This Event 

Along with a few quilting guests who have served in the U.S. armed forces, Melissa Matthews from the QOVF joined the AccuQuilt team for this event and shared the heartwarming story behind the founding of the organization. She also showed samples of Quilts of Valor (QOVs) that had been made using GO! Dies and GO! Fabric Cutters.

 

The QOVF website offers free quilt patterns that are available for volunteers to use - although quilters are not limited to these designs.

 

 

NEW QOV Pattern

Last year, AccuQuilt Creativity Expert, Erica Bottger, provided a tutorial to make one of the free block patterns available on the QOVF site, "Courage." This year, we have another pattern to share with you that you can donate to the QOVF - "Striped and Spangled!"

 

What GO! Dies Do I Need to Make "Striped and Spangled?"

This lovely pattern is sew easy to make when you pair the GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Die and the GO! Strip Cutter-5 1/2" (5" Finished) Die with your GO! Fabric Cutter. 

 

 

GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Die
GO! Strip Cutter-5 1/2" (5" Finished) Die

 

This patriotic pattern calls for red, white, and blue fabric, but the stars can be any color you want! To embellish the star shapes, you can use the free GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Embroidery Designs. You can also purchase the GO! Stars Embroidery Designs by V-Stitch Designs or the GO! Patriotic Stars Machine Embroidery Set by Marjorie Busby to match the quilt's colors.

 

 

GO! Star-2", 3", 4" Embroidery Designs
GO! Stars Embroidery Designs by V-Stitch Designs
GO! Patriotic Stars Machine Embroidery Set by Marjorie Busby

 

 

 

Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope Cover Design Winner

Last year, the QOVF asked local chapters to design and write a new pattern along with submitting a picture of the quilt for the e-book cover of Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope by Janice Lynn. Seven participating chapters were awarded money to help provide materials to continue making and donating quilts. All seven quilts were presented to Janice Lynn and the book's publisher, Hallmark Publishing, who then selected the Grand Prize Winner. 

 

The winner was revealed with the e-book’s release last fall. Congratulations to the Volusia County Quilts of Valor team with the "Stars of Hope" Pattern!

 

 

"Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope" by Janice Lynn

 

 

 

The Quilters' Favorite

Other quilters were asked to vote on their favorite quilt submitted the Hope Challenge and the Viewer’s Choice award winner selected was Patty Ozga for Stars over Texas QOF with Hattie’s Trail by the Sea.

 

 

"Hattie's Trail by the Sea" Pattern by Patty Ozga

 

 

This striking quilt is a beautiful combination of three classic quilt blocks – Hattie’s Choice, Snail’s Trail, and Storm at Sea. As we like to say here at AccuQuilt - there’s a die for that!

 

You can create this pattern using the GO! Hattie’s Choice-8" Finished Die with the GO! Snail’s Trail-8” Finished Die. The gorgeous sashing is created with shape 1 from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block and shapes 13 and 14 from the GO! Qube 8" Companion Set-Angles. 

 

 

GO! Donate to the QOVF

For more information on how you can get involved with Quilts of Valor Foundation, or to see more of their patterns, be sure to check their website.

 

If you use a QOV pattern and the GO! system to make a quilt, use the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and tag us on social media @AccuQuilt so that we can see your quilt before you donate it!

Topics: Quilting Stories

Alyssa Nordmeyer

Written by Alyssa Nordmeyer