To ensure quality, the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV) has strict requirements for donated quilts. This group adheres to those instructions. The sizes requested are a generous lap-size, ranging from a minimum of 55 x 65 inches to a maximum of 72 x 90 inches. Good quality, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric suitable for an adult is to be used. Machine or hand-quilting may be used with a low-loft quality batting – tied quilts are not acceptable. All quilts are to be labeled with a QOV label and are to be presented in a presentation case (more on that in a later post).
|In this detail of a quilt top,|
Block A is at the top center and
two Block Bs are at the bottom
After enough blocks are available for assembly (the design calls for 40 A blocks and 38 B blocks), volunteers begin arranging the quilt top to be sewn together:
Two different outside borders are added after all rows are sewn together to make a complete top. Currently, Barb
, owner of Crafty Threads, and several other machine quilters and long-armers are donating their services to sandwich and quilt these tops with gorgeous machine stitching. Then the quilts are bound by other volunteers and ready for presentation. Linares