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Thread: QOVs are NOT "Charity" quilts

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    Hi All!

    Kudos to everyone who pieces and long-arms Quilts of Valor for our service members.

    Let's remember -- They are not charity quilts. These quilts are to recognize service to our country and acknowledge the sacrifices of our service people. As a quilter and citizen, I am honored to use my best fabrics and skills for these quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat18

    Kudos to everyone who pieces and long-arms Quilts of Valor for our service members.

    Let's remember -- They are not charity quilts. These quilts are to recognize service to our country and acknowledge the sacrifices of our service people. As a quilter and citizen, I am honored to use my best fabrics and skills for these quilts.
    Amen! I agree wholeheartedly! It's not only an honor....it's a privilege!

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    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I do QOV quilts myself. I piece and longarm. I make sure that somewhere on the quilt is the month and year of the quilt. I also quilt in a block "Thank you for your sacrifice." But I do not put my name on them anywhere.

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    I don't make QoV quilts but I donate money for supplies to several I know who does make them and they make them extra nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?
    yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?
    My thoughts exactly!! :thumbup:

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    Amen!

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    Maybe I missed the point??? I dont get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamstome
    Maybe I missed the point??? I dont get it.
    I think I did too. What exactly are you saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?
    One would hope so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    Would we not also use and do our best on charity quilts as well?
    Not to stir up a hornets nest but I have seen many, many posts here where posters write about needing an inexpensive source for fabric because they do so many charity quilts. Statements like this usually show up on endless threads about walmart and joanne quality fabric vs LQS quality fabric. I believe it may be these kind of posts that prompted the statement. QOV criteria is pretty stringent and I have seen a few posts complaining about that as well, such as insisting QOV quilts be longarmed as opposed to handquilted or machine quilted on a DSM, although most longarmers who do them donate their services as well.

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    If I received quilt that was hand quilted, I would think I was in hog heaven. Don't get me wrong, longarmed quilts are beautiful, but there is something about hand quilting that is amazing. As long as the quilts are good quality & good workmanship, I can't believe they wouldn't want them. Our servicemen do deserve the best we can give.

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    That doesn't make sense to me either. I have seen some mediocre LA quilting and some beautiful quilting done by hand or on a regular machine. Yes, there are some absolutely phenomenal long-armers out there, but LA doesn't automatically equate to better - it certainly wouldn't if I were to attempt it right now, lol. I wonder what the thinking is on this?

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    So let me get this, if I send non-LQS fabric in (that I have spent my hard earned money on) or I VOLUNTEER my time to quilt one of these QOV's that's not good enough to show my appreciation. Well then I guess put me down as a non-patroitic.

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    Whoa! slow down! My only point was that they shouldn't be called "charity" quilts because their purpose is to acknowledge and honor service in the best way we know how -- with an heirloom-quality quilt!
    …And I'm not demeaning charity quilts at all! I LOVE making children's quilts and if I didn’t have ways to donate them, I’d be very disappointed.
    …And I’m not berating Wal-mart or Joanne’s! I was saddened when my Wal-mart closed their fabric department!

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    QoVF quilts don't HAVE to be long-armed. Many people prefer not to quilt their quilt on their smaller machines, so Catherine has arranged for longarmers to be available. June coordinates them.

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    the definition of "charity" is

    Charity, the practice of benevolent giving,


    how are QOV not charity - the person who made them was in the practice of benevolent giving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    the definition of "charity" is

    Charity, the practice of benevolent giving,


    how are QOV not charity - the person who made them was in the practice of benevolent giving.

    Exactly. I don't know why the word charity has a negative connotation.

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    It seems to me that both QOV and charity quilts are gifts expressing love - where they differ is that QOV quilts are also given to honor and thank, whereas charity quilts not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    the definition of "charity" is

    Charity, the practice of benevolent giving,


    how are QOV not charity - the person who made them was in the practice of benevolent giving.

    Exactly. I don't know why the word charity has a negative connotation.
    I agree wholeheartedly. What about the old addage, "Charity begins at home". Is that insulting? When I see someone saying they made a "charity" quilt I am immediately impressed that they made time from their life to give to someone they don't know but wants them to enjoy what God has given us so generously (our talent of sewing). I don't care whether its Quilts of Valor, or Quilts for Kids, or Linus, or any other "charities" they all deserve our thanks in any way we are able to give it. Be it sewing or money.

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    i'm not sure where is says QOV US quilts must be longarmed. i've sent quilts that i completed start to binding finish - and i don't have a longarm. did my quilt not get to a soldier?

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    so quilts given to hospice care aren't done in honor of the older generation and to thank them for being a valued member of society?

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    it does have to do with durability also...most hand quilted quilts are kind of considered heirlooms, not meant to be used and abused and thrown in the washer & dryer...the quilts these service people receive get used! so the concensus is machine piece and quilt them so they will hold up. not that hand quilting doesn't hold up but that it will get abused more than it should. (the recipient may be reluctant to accept the quilt if they think it has to be protected and gently used)
    as for the quality of fabric.... there are plenty of people who go find the $1 a yard 'stuff' to make quilts they are going to donate to different places, they seem to feel that if they are giving it away they should not put alot into it.
    and there are plenty of people who just do not know any difference in fabric quality. then there are those who mean well and want to do something but simply can not afford more expensive fabrics...
    all of that taken into consideration....you can 'shop' at thrift stores, buy good quality 100% cotton clothes in a vast color/print selection, cut the clothes up and make nice quilts with quality fabric alot cheaper than buying yardage. there are lots of ways to save without settling for less quality. i tend to be opposite from alot...when i am making a donation quilt i use the most expensive everything i can afford. even expensive batts....if i am going to cut any corners it's going to be on one of the kids play quilts that take a beating then get replaced when it's time. since i've been sewing for over 40+ years i can easily tell by touch if it's something worthy of my attention. if it's not, i don't waste any money on it...$1 a yard is not a good deal if the fabric is garbage. it is only a good deal if it is good quality.

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