|Baby Quilts||donated to the Civic Hospital for premature babies|
|Place Mats||donated to Meals on Wheels|
|Comfort Quilts||donated to Family Services Ottawa and Hospice Care Ottawa|
|Touch Quilts||donated to Alzheimers patients |
In addition, members or other organizations occasionally sponsor short-term projects and ask for help from the membership.
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.
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
NOTE: no 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.
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.
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.
Size: They should be about 13" x 18", in seasonal or other suitable fabric choices.
Please drop off place mats at the Charity Quilts table at the monthly Guild meetings.
The Guild provides quilts to organizations whose objective is to support various communities experiencing difficulties. Donated quilts vary in size from about 40" x 60" for adults and youths and 30" x 50" for children and babies. Experience, however, has shown that larger quilts are also more than welcomed by the organizations receiving them.
In 2023, we will resume our support to Family Services Ottawa, which provides much needed services to women and children who are victims of family violence. Donations to FSO will resume after Christmas, at their request, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid.
The Guild also provides quilts to Hospice Care Ottawa, which 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 home is not longer possible.
Each year, quilts are also given to associations identified by members. These donations are on a one-time basis to meet a particular need.
Fabric, Flannel Backing and Batting are available from the Charity/Comfort Quilt team. You can select fabric among the many pieces that are brought at every meeting by the Charity Quilt coordinator. For backing and batting, it is best that you drop us a note before the meeting dates so that we can have your pieces ready to pick up at the meeting time. Hospice Care Ottawa prefers that the backing of the quilts be in flannel to keep residents warm and cozy.
Completed quilts can be dropped at the Charity Quilt table during every meeting. Please remember that quilts must have the Guild labels sewed to their back.