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Julie's Pins and Needles

Quilt Requirements

Procedures for making Quilts of Valor are as follows:
  • Fabric used should be high quality 100% “shirt-weight” or “quilt-weight” cotton fabric appropriate for adults.
  • While Quilts of Valor do not have to be red, white, and blue, most recipients, given a choice, choose quilts that are patriotic in theme.
  • Patterns and blocks can be of any design suitable for a patriotic theme.
  • Use of military-branch-specific fabrics (Army, Navy, etc.) or non-“patriotic” fabric (overly floral), unless the recipient is known in advance, may create difficulty in identifying a recipient.
  • A Quilt of Valor is to be large enough to cover an average-sized adult, with an ideal size approximately 60” x 80.” Finished size can be no smaller than 55” x 65” and no larger than 72” x 90.”
  • A Quilt of Valor consists of a top, batting, and backing, and must be machine quilted or hand quilted. A tied quilt is not acceptable for a Quilt of Valor.
  • Backings provided to volunteer QOVF-registered longarmers must be 4” larger than the quilt top on all sides (8” wider in width and 8” longer in length than the top). Note: Some longarmers may have different requirements.
  • Only member volunteers in good standing can request free-of-charge quilting of their tops by a QOVF-registered volunteer longarmer.
  • Batting should be quality, low-loft batting. Quilting should be appropriate for the quilt and not overly dense, which can reduce the loft of the quilt.
  • Binding strips should be joined with diagonal seams. Binding should be double-fold (“French fold”), attached by machine, and finished by hand or machine.
  • A Quilt of Valor must be labeled as such.
    • Must have the words Quilt of Valor
    • May be your own design (hand-written in permanent ink, embroidered, pieced, computer printed, screen printed)
    • Must include space for name of recipient
    • Must have names of top maker, quilter, and binder (can include first and last names, city, and state)
    • Cannot include religious or political message (possible exception if recipient is well known)
    • May include date and location of award
    • May include washing instructions (cold water, mild detergent, “color catcher,” dry on low heat)

To join our Quilt of Valor group

Yearly dues are : $5.00

Sewing meetings are the first Thursday of every month (except for holidays) at Julie's Pins and Needles in the classroom. 

Hours: 10:30am until 4pm

We have several lovely restaurants to get lunch at so please plan to come spend the day sewing, chatting and having fun but if you can only come for an hour-you are more than welcome!

Julie's does have supply of patriotic fabrics in stock and you can work on a pattern of your own or we can work together on a group quilt. 

Bring your machine, sewing supplies and current project supplies.