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Free Quilt of Valor pattern

Hi everyone. As promised, I have a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern for you! I named it Stars of Courage, which seemed appropriate since courage is another word for valor. This is an easy, lap-size quilt that a beginner could make as well as an old-timer (like me).

Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.

About Quilts of Valor

At the beginning of this year, I asked if anyone had special requests for projects or tutorials. Several people asked for a Quilt of Valor project. If you’re new to QOV, it’s a non-profit foundation whose mission is to “….cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

In my area of Northern California we have a strong and active QOV membership. In the quilt shop I work at, I often see Quilts of Valor in various stages of development. To be honest, I’m not a member of QOV, but I admire their philosophy. I appreciate the sacrifice of all veterans, past and present, and the service they have given for their country. My pattern, Stars of Courage, is my first contribution to the QOV efforts.

Free Quilt of Valor pattern

You can download the free pattern below:

Stars of Courage Quilt Pattern

This quilt measures 60″ x 72″ and contains 15 Ribbon Star blocks that measure 12″ square. These blocks are made up of half-square triangle units and they’re large, so the piecing is easy.

The pattern uses the 8-at-a-time method of making half-square triangles, but you could make them one at a time or use Triangles on a Roll (4″ finished size) if you prefer.

The Ribbon Star block is featured in the Stars of Courage quilt pattern by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter

When you string together two or more of these blocks, they look like friendship stars entwined in a ribbon. I love the affect!

Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.

The fabric requirements are shown below. If you have a large stash of fabric or lots of scraps, you could make this a scrappy quilt which would add to its charm. I’ll be making Ribbon Star blocks as an ongoing project until I have enough for my quilt. I have plenty of scraps to get started!

Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.

The first time I used Ribbon Stars in a design was back in 2015. I made these cute placemats for the Desire to Inspire Challenge at Henry Glass Fabrics. What I really love about this (besides the cute panel) is the straight line quilting that enhances the ribbon effect. So easy and it would be perfect for the Stars of Courage quilt!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you enjoy and use this pattern. Of course, it would be beautiful in any color combination and for any occasion. Please feel free to use it however you would like!

Stars of Courage is a FREE Quilt of Valor pattern designed by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.

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  1. Thanks, Julie! I make quilts for American Heroes, which counts under QOV, and am always looking for a new pattern. This looks great!

  2. Thank you for the pattern. I am going to make it for our son for his retirement from the Air Force with 30years in February. We are so proud of him and his family. Thank you again Sheron

  3. Beautiful! I made my first quilt of valor last year and would like to make more. This is a great pattern!

  4. Thank you Julie. I am making a lot of your versatile face masks. They are such a wonderful design! Thanks for all you do. Please stay safe and sew on.

  5. Thank you for this free QOV pattern. I have wanted to make some of these for years. I really appreciate your time and effort to provide this as a free pattern.


  6. Thank you for the free pattern! I love your design and will be using it to make a throw for my son who retired after 25 years in USNavy.

  7. Hi Julie, Awesome job creating this QOV. I have a long-time veteran friend in SoCal; I think that this will be the perfect quilt for him!! Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  8. Thank-you!! I love the pattern and I love the fact that it works for QOF. The straight line quilting just makes it! You have such a giving heart and make this world a better place!

  9. Hi, Julie! This looks like such a fun pattern, can’t wait to give it a try! You may remember that my guild has a very active Soldiers Quilt committee with many QOV presentations and quilts presented each month. I know this quilt will find a very good home!

  10. Thank you Julie!!! I am absolutely THRILLED to have this pattern. I’ve been wanting to make a Quilt of Valor; I just couldn’t decide on a pattern. I wanted to make something that was dramatic but not too difficult. This is perfect and I have lots of red, white & blue scraps to use!



    p.s. How are you doing with your new Crescendo?

  11. Thanks, Julie, for the pattern. I’ve always wanted to do a Quilts of Valor quilt and this may be the push I needed. 🙂

  12. Love this pattern… thanks so much! l was thinking it might look great in pinks for cancer or any of the other ribbon colors. Again, thanks for all you do for us. Patti

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