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From Civil War quilts in butternut and blue to today’s Quilts of Valor (see below), quilters have a long history of honoring those in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
For a young person considering a military career, think how much an “Semper Fi” or “Aim High” themed quilt would mean as a graduation gift. Or, if a member of your family is currently on active duty, a custom quilted Service Star banner is a wonderful tribute. You might also consider a personalized quilt for a veteran made from the actual fatigues or BDUs he or she returned home in.
Don’t want to cut up a uniform for a military memory quilt? Camouflage fabrics in traditional olive drab or desert beige make a great background for unit patch blocks. There’s even pink camouflage fabric available! What dedicated army wife wouldn’t appreciate a pink camo quilt as thanks for her unending support during all those moves from base to base?
The Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOV) is dedicated to covering all military service members and veterans with quilts meant to both heal and comfort them. Started in 2003, the non-profit organization coordinates the work of thousands of volunteer quilters across the United States to create what they call “Granny Purple Hearts”. To date, QOV has overseen the donation of 31,000+ quilts to those wounded in or returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.