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Charity Quilts and community projects

The OVQG has an ongoing commitment to projects that benefit the community. There are a number of continuing projects:
Baby Quiltsdonated to the Civic Hospital for premature babies
Place Matsdonated to Meals on Wheels  
Comfort Quiltsdonated to Family Services Ottawa and Hospice Care Ottawa
Touch Quiltsdonated to Alzheimers patients 

In addition, members or other organizations occasionally sponsor short-term projects and ask for help from the membership.

Baby Quilts

Many OVQG members participate in our ongoing program of providing baby quilts for the premature babies in the Rich Little Special Care Nursery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. These quilts are used for protecting the tiny babies from the lights and noise of the nursery. The babies take the quilts with them when they finally go home. The Guild collects  over 400 quilts each year.

There are often fabric pieces and scraps available at monthly Guild meetings to use in making little quilts. OVQG labels, pieces of flannelette, and backing are also available, and sometimes batting.

Click here to view some previous creations by Guild members that may inspire you if you would like a pattern idea. The photos are organized by type of quilt.

If you have any questions, ask at the table, or email the Baby Quilts Coordinator.

Requirements

Size: 24” x 24” (give or take an inch)

Top Fabric: 100% cotton in colours or prints suitable for babies

Back Fabric: 100% cotton flannelette

NOTEno polyester on the exterior as it can cause a static reaction. For the same reason, no fabrics with metallic accents and no metallic thread.

Batting: any batting is acceptable

Quilting: by hand or machine, but do not quilt too densely to keep the project light and flexible. Do NOT use invisible thread; it can loop and catch tiny fingers or toes

Binding: Can be standard binding or envelope/pillowcase style

Label: Attach a label displaying OVQG, or write OVQG directly on the backing fabric with a permanent fabric pen.

Drop Off

Please bring your baby quilts to the monthly meetings for collection. If you cannot attend in person, perhaps a member who lives near you can deliver quilts for you.

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Place Mats

The OVQG is continuing its longstanding support to Ottawa’s Meals on Wheels program. The beautiful quilted place mats made by our members are delivered by volunteers to approximately 100 very frail and isolated seniors on December 25th, along with a special free meal and goodies provided by Meals on Wheels and other generous donors. Our feedback from the Meals on Wheels organization is that the recipients are thrilled with the special December 25th visit - so meaningful to our local shut-ins. Please continue to create and donate quilted place mats for the Meals on Wheels program. The place mats will be delivered in early December.

Requirements

Size: They should be about 13" x 18", in seasonal or other suitable fabric choices.

Drop Off

Please drop off place mats at the Charity Quilts table at the monthly Guild meetings.

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Comfort Quilts

Our guild provides charity organizations with quilts of various sizes to be distributed to their clients.   They vary from about 40" x 60" for adults and youths and 30" x 50" for children and babies; experience, however, has shown that larger quilts were also donated by our members and more than welcomed by the organizations receiving them. 

As of January 2022, two charities have either approached us for or were identified as recipients for our quilts.  The first is Interval House, which is the oldest shelter in Ottawa; it offers secure housing for women and those who identify as women fleeing abusive and violent environments. It is one of the few shelters that also welcomes their clients’ pets.  The unique feature of this organization is its “Unsafe at Home” chat line, introduced quickly during the pandemic to meet an increasing need.  It is a secure online chat service for women and members of the LGBTQ25+ who may be living through violence and abuse at home, by providing emotional support, advice and referral using encrypted technology, thereby ensuring that conversations remain confidential.  Interval House has been the recipient of over 50 quilts (!) between December 2021 and January 2022, all made by our members; some are truly works of art.

The second organization, Hospice Care Ottawa, provides emotional support and practical help to people facing a life-limiting illness while living in their home.  The Residence Hospice Care provides 24-hour care in a home-like and peaceful environment when being at home is no longer possible.  Hospice Care Ottawa gratefully receives the guild’s quilts; they do however, request that the back of the quilts be in flannel, which keeps their patients warm and cozy.

The Charity/Comfort Quilts team is always open to new organizations who provide needed services in our community.  Should you know of one that would appreciate hand-made quilts made with love for their residents or clients, do not hesitate to communicate with us. 

Backing and batting are available from the Charity/Comfort Quilt team.  Drop us a note and we will arrange to deliver them. Once in-person meetings resume, these can be picked up on site provided we get enough notice time to prepare. 

Quilts are currently being picked up once a month from different porches.  Read our newsletters to have additional information as this may change depending on weather and other external variables. Once in-person meetings resume, the quilts can be left at the Charity/Comfort Quilts table.

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