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Old 09-30-2018, 06:50 AM
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My 93 year old veteran cousin was gifted with a Quilt of Valor recently and it was a very moving experience. We all crid and then we all smiled.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:53 AM
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Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement and ideas! I looked at the QOVF official site locator and found a shop within 30 minutes of me. I’ve emailed them to ask for their help. I would like to make the quilt for him and hopefully they can help me out.

I also emailed a quilting guild near my Dad’s home to ask if they make and award QOV. I thought they may also be able to help me with a quilt label and a letter or card to accompany the quilt.

I will tell him you all thanked him for his service. He will be very honored.

Sothernmema, thanks for the suggestion that I join as an individual. I am going to do that. I’m proud to be involved in anyway that I can.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:19 AM
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Since a QOV sounds like a difficult proposition for you and your father, consider contacting the local VFW and ask them for help with the presentation of the quilt you made? They do lots of little things for veterans and this might be right up their alley. They might even help you with the presentation, using their space, so your family can witness the presentation. You are not out anything for asking...
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:52 PM
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I would certainly contact a local QOV chapter … It has been my experience that there isn't a "number" of veterans that they honor with quilts but more limited on the number of quilts they receive to use in honoring the vets. I would think if you provided the quilt that they would certainly honor your dad. Good luck!
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:03 PM
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I am in N.C. and our guild would want to know about Your dad ASAP. With his age, his name would go to the top of the list. There is a special day for the quilt giving and a super nice ceremony is set and the veterans are invited. I think you should contact your guild and allow them the honor to do this for him.You may still make the top and then a pro. quilter could do the quilting. This way it would be a gift with extra special meaning.This way your dad gets the recognition he deserves.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:53 PM
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At some fabric store of which I cannot remember where, I bought the labels for QOV quilts. Like a yard or less. If I could find them, I would cut one and send it. I think I have a special place for them. I will have to look.
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:54 AM
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There is a Quilt of Valor: 50 States Salute magazine that Quiltfolk (GREAT quilt magazine that includes history of each state relating to quilting) has suggested. It is published by the Quilts of Valor Foundation and will be released October 18. Amazon has it for pre-order for $17.38. Also, here is the Quilts of Valor Foundation website: https://www.qovf.org/
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:33 AM
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I got one for my DH last year. I contacted the QAV website and they had a local chapter contact me. They presented it at a dinner for retired LEO's we belong to. It didn't take too long after they contacted me. I think it was about two months but that was partly due to the timing of the dinner.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:20 AM
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Please thank your Dad for his service to keep us all free! I am active in a local guild in Alabama, and we make 15-30 quilts every year to be presented locally at Fort Rucker. We also do individual quilts when needed. Our group attends the presentation and the quilts are wrapped around the shoulders of the veterans (and current service men and women as well). There isn't a dry eye in the house! If you are going to make your Dad a quilt, make it any size or color or style you think he would like. The specifications on the website are because they need to conform to a standard to be presented to a group, and no one want a tiny quilt, or purple and yellow, when others are getting large rwb quilts! Also helps for handling, etc. We require a matching pillow case (later used for the vet) to store the quilts in to keep them clean and stackable, but you don't have to do that. I am in the process of making a quilt with embroidered squares for a friend's brother. When it is completed I will call the local qofv coordinator and get a few people together to make the presentation at his home. It can be very simple or elaborate, as you wish. It is a great honor to serve these men and women that have served their country.
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