Quilts of Valor

Released: Mon, Jul 1, 2024

The Quilts of Valor Foundation, a 501(C)(3) non-profit National Foundation, solely operated through donations and volunteers, now has their own group right here in Grand Island. The “Grand Island Quilt of Valor Sew-ciety”.

Celebrating our first anniversary, we have been honoring our very own veterans and active military. To date, 31 Quilts of Valor have been awarded.

We are asking for your assistance with either a donation or volunteering some of your time and talent. The money will be used locally to purchase supplies, fabric, thread and batting, etc. to enable our volunteers to continue piecing and quilting, and award another 31, hopefully more, quilts to our deserving military men and women.

I can be reached by text/phone at 303-921-8877 or by email [email protected].

Thank you for helping with this great cause and making Grand Island Quilt of Valor Sew-ciety successful.

If you would like more information, and to learn about additional opportunities, please visit the Quilt of Valor website: http://qovf.org

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 well-being. 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 Quilt of Valor, a QOV.

A Quilt of Valor is…

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. It would be “awarded,” not just passed out like magazines or videos, and would say unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor in serving our nation.”

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