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The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003. After her son was deployed to Iraq, Catherine Roberts felt the need to help in some way. Being a quilter, she made a quilt for a wounded returning service member to offer comfort and healing. Now, more than 19 years later, it is a national organization.
As of December 2022, over 336,061 quilts have been awarded to active duty military members and veterans from all American conflicts.
The mission of the Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war in any way with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. It's going to be an awesome task to do that when you consider that there are over 2 million active duty and reserve troops plus over 18 million veterans out there today.
A Quilt of Valor is a one-time, life-time award to a living service member or Veteran. That is why, unfortunately, we cannot present QOVs to family members or children of fallen service members or veterans – there are many other groups that work towards those missions.
The association between The Village Quilters and Quilts of Valor began with a challenge – the usual VQ guild challenge which is issued once every other year. In June 2009 it was to create a patriotic Quilt of Valor which is a special, tangible way to say “Thank You for your Service”. After the competition, all the quilts were to be distributed to wounded or returning veterans. We had our best response ever and 85 quilts were made and awarded.
From that time on, a large number of quilters were hooked and wanted to continue the cause. Our TVQOV group was formed that year and, since then, meets once a month to create the special “Thank You” quilts.
The QOV group is a registered group member of QOVF and to date at December 2022 (including the original 85), we have awarded over 1,156 Quilts of Valor for the east Tennessee area and beyond.
Tellico Village QOV (TVQOV) group meets the 4th Monday of every month (except December) at 9 AM at the Chota Rec Center.
Contact Arliss Barber for further information at: QuiltsOfValor@villagequilters.com
Judith Kubesh, guild member and US Veteran, with her QOV on Veteran's Day 2015