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Giving Back With Quilting: Quilts of Valor Foundation and Kimmy Brunner

Have you ever heard of the charity Quilts of Valor? Long-time blog readers may remember it from our Quilts of Valor Mystery Quilt-a-Long. The foundation aims to provide “Quilts of Valor” , comforting quilts for troops and veterans touched by war.

Our very own Craftsy instructor, Kimmy Brunner, raised funds for the Quilts of Valor Foundation as the Mistress of Ceremonies at a recent fundraising auction. She wanted to share with you why this organization means so much to her and why your quilt donation would be an amazing contribution to honor those who sacrifice so much.

Quilt of Valor made by Craftsy Member

Quilt of Valor Quilt via Craftsy member JodyWms1

Read as expert quilter Kimmy Brunner shares why all quilters should support the Quilts of Valor Foundation

As the proud granddaughter of a WWII Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, I make a point of taking every opportunity to express my respect and gratitude to the outstanding servicemen and women of my nation’s military. One of my favorite ways of doing this is to support the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The mission of QOV is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Auctioning Quilt to Raise Money for QOV

Photos via Marilyn Karper

Recently, I was honored to act as Mistress of Ceremonies at a quilt auction benefitting the Foundation, which was held at Machine Quilters Showcase. In one amazing evening, we were able to raise over $13,000 in support of QOV.

Solider at Auction to Raise Money for Quilts of Valor

In the next month or so, QOV will award its 100,000th quilt, but they won’t stop there. They will continue to award these quilts to wounded active duty service members and to retired veterans of all service branches. They can’t do this without us — they need our help with piecing and quilting these wonderful quilt-y hugs that are so greatly treasured by their recipients.

Wondering how you can help?

For many of these brave men and women, their QOV is the only thanks they will ever receive for their service and sacrifice. I hope that you’ll take a moment out of your busy day to visit the Foundation’s website to learn how you can help. It’s so easy, and it means so much to those who put themselves into harm’s way for our sake.

Looking for the perfect pattern to make your Quilt of Valor? Kimmy shares a beautiful quilt pattern in her class Machine Quilting with Templates as she teaches you how to use geometric quilt designs for stunning quilts.

About Kimmy Brunner

Instructor Kimmy Brunner

I’m a third generation quilter who was taught to quilt by a very patient Grandma and I’m a two-time Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year. I teach nationally and internationally, appear on quilting TV and radio programs, and have my own line of products and DVDs in addition to teaching a class right here on Craftsy!



Have you ever made a Quilt of Valor?  


sarah dack

thank you for post about quilts of valor. I am currently finishing # 3 quilt and have # 4 cut out. the first was the valiant eagle for my son who has completed 4 overseas tours. FYI just watched fons and porter liz made a documentary about quilts of valor and a viewing can be requested through your local public tv station it is a great documentary.

Donna K. Anderson

Would love to have this pattern. How can I get it?

Rosalinda Lucero

It can be found on Fons and porter online page

Conni Smith

there is another group called American Hero Quilts That doesn’t charge quilters anything. They get sent to madigan hospital and Afghanistan Quilts for the wounded military. No charge


Quilts of Valor does not charge quilters anything also. There is a completely volunteer membership fee of $5 if one wishes to join but not mandatory for donating quilts.

SFC Marisa Gonzalez

I am currently deployed with my team of 19 California Army National Guardsmen/women. I was wondering if there was a way my team could get one of these beautiful crafted quilts to keep us warm after our missions. I think this would be something to look forward to after a tough day. Hope you could help my team out. Thank you for all the great things you have done and continue to do for my fellow band of brothers and sisters!

Mark Thompson

Hello, My name is CSgt Mark Thompson Royal Marines I’m currently at Headley Court with Spinal injury, and the issued rubber quilts are horrible, I would be grateful if somebody could make a Corps Patten (Royal Marine) light weight quilt.

John Wehr

I am a veteran of the Vietnam war serving two years as a helicopter pilot. I served 3 Nov 1967 – 3 Nov 1968. 2nd tour 13 March 1970 – 13 March 1971. How can I obtain a quilt of valor for veterans. To see them on line made by day as the quilts are truly electrifying and beautiful. Having. a quilt would be an honor. I can pay for one if I knew who to contact.


John, did you ever get a response?

Thomas L Shelley

i was not wounded in vietnam. i have ptsd . with night sweats,heart racing,shakes, and sometimes they are so bad i can not wake up on my on. I have agent orange damage, i have a blocked artery in my chest and also a stent. the quilts are beautiful . i do not have emotional feelings much. i could pay if i knew how. i have not shed blood but i have paid the price.

Tammie Coffey

To all,
Thank you so much for your service. I am a group leader on the east coast. Each if you can submit your name on look for the drop down that has. Submit for a quilt of valor. Once your name is submitted it will be approved and then sent to group in your area for presentation. I know we are always searching for veterans to present to. Again, thank you for your service, it is so appreciated. And. You do not pay for a quilt, it is our honor to create one for you.


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