Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave QuiltThe Home of the Brave Quilt Project was started by Don Beld, a Citrus Belt Quilters (CBQ) member, to honor the fallen heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan by making replicas of a Civil War U.S. Sanitary Commission quilt. Quilts are adorned with inspirational messages and condolences.

Each quilt carries an embroidered tribute reading:

This replica of a Civil War
U.S. Sanitary Commission quilt
was given to the family of
who died from injuries received
while on active duty in Iraq (or Afghanistan)
by the members of
Citrus Belt Quilters,
Redlands, CA

One of the six remaining, original Sanitary Commission quilts may be viewed at the Lincoln Shrine, A.K. Smiley Library, Redlands, CA.

Nationally, over 5,600 quilts have been presented to family members. More information about this project may be found on the Home of the Brave Quilts website.

Read a thank you letter from one of the many families.

How to make Home of the Brave blocks and quilt tops

The directions to assemble quilt blocks or a quilt top are available to view or download at the Home of the Brave website. (Adobe Reader is required to open this document. Download your free Adobe Reader here.) You can also find the Home of the Brave directions at Patricia Cummings’ Quilts and Musings blog.

Home of the Brave block makers

Wondering what colors to use in your Home of the Brave quilt?

Try some of these combinations:

Catherine Kreter is the current National Coordinator for this project, extending into all 50 states and the U.S. Territories Cathy can be contacted through the form below: