The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum announces its first ever Annual Veterans Day Quilts of Valor Challenge. Participants will have nearly a year to work on their quilts for submission.


The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum announces its first ever Annual Veterans Day Quilts of Valor Challenge. Participants will have nearly a year to work on their quilts for submission. Quilts will be collected and put on display in time for Veterans Day 2010.

In partnership with the Quilts of Valor Foundation and the Kansas Quilts of Valor, the quilts will be distributed to wounded servicemen and women. Distribution points will include military and VA hospitals, CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and other veteran organizations.

This challenge is being organized by Jan Hottman, staff member at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

“Not only were quilts and blankets made on the home front for troops during World War II, but support and concern for the troops was paramount to Eisenhower. This is one more way for us to carry on the legacy of the five-star general and 34th president of the United States,” Hottman said. “The Eisenhower boys helped their mother, Ida Stover Eisenhower, make quilts for the family while growing up in Abilene. He would understand the comfort and love of something made by hand.”

The QOV organization provides heirloom quality quilts for men and women who have been injured serving our country. The quilts may be pieced, quilted, and labeled by a single person, group, or school. If you are not able to complete the quilting, you may submit the top with backing and label to be completed by volunteers.

Quilt entries should be a minimum size of 50 by 60 inches and maximum is 72 by 96 inches and include matching binding and backing. The backing should be a surplus of 4 inches on all four sides of the top. Standard/twin size pillowcases made from extra material also should be included. These pillowcases later can be used for storing the QOV. Additional details may be found on the web site at www.eisenhower.archives.gov.