Quilts of Valor
A 50 State Salute • Old Glory
When the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts, its mission was to cover our nation’s military touched by war – that is, to cover them with quilts and honor their service.
To do that, a team of volunteers donate their time and materials to make a quilt collaboratively.
As of today, nearly 200,000 Quilts of Valor have been presented. The Quilts of Valor Foundation will present these quilts to veterans and military who have been touched by war at the presentation ceremony to be held at The National Quilt Museum on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 2 p.m.
The A 50 State Salute exhibit features quilts made in patriotic designs from the simple to complex. Members of QOVF range from young beginning quilters in the "Under Our Wings" program to experienced members who have been making Quilts of Valor for many years. These quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to our military through quilts.
Old Glory curated by Mary w. Kerr, Board of Directors, Quilts of Valor.
Old Glory was born when red, white, and blue vintage quilt tops were finished by longarm quilters who share a military connection. The quilters received the top, backing, and the instructions "quilt as desired." They donated their time and talent. We chose to work with “forgotten” tops – the ones that were damaged, unfinished, ill-made, or unremarkable. These tops were not destined to be completed, enjoyed, or treasured. What we now share is pure magic! This exhibit was created to promote the Quilts of Valor program. We choose to focus on our patriotic heritage and further server the military family that we have been fortunate to be a part of. These quilts debuted at the 2017 Quilts of Valor show and then traveled as a collection. When they complete their travel, the quilts will be auctioned to raise funds for Quilts of Valor.