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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 in folders named for the 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

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.

Baby and Comfort Quilt Sew Days

These afternoon sessions are for any quilts you plan on donating to good causes: cuddle and comfort quilts, and placemats.  Bring your sewing machine, basic tools, something to work on, and your ideas and expertise to share. We are in the nursery at the Riverside United Church, the same location as Guild meetings, on the second and last Tuesdays of the month, from 12:30 noon to 4 pm. Free and open to all.

Upcoming dates:

January 9 and 30
February 13 and 27
March 12 and 26
April 9 and 30
May 14 and 28
June 11 and 25

Drop Off

Please bring your baby quilts to the monthly meetings or a Tuesday sew day 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.


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

Guild members have made, over the years, quilts to be gifted to organizations whose objective is to support communities experiencing difficulties. These organisations are identified by our members, or they may have reached out to us for donations.

In recent years, quilts went to shelters for women in difficulties, to Hospice Care Ottawa, which provides compassionate, high quality care to people and their caregivers from the time of diagnosis with a progressive life-limiting illness through their palliative and end-of-life journey, and to the Ronald McDonald house, which offers an environment for children and their families who live far away to be together while the children follow treatment at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Click here to see your committee collecting and delivering your donations.

Size: Quilts vary in size from about 40" x 60" for adults and youths and 30" x 50" for children and babies. Larger quilts are also more than welcomed!

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.

Drop Off

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.

New Project with Hospice Care Ottawa

This year, we would like to try to start a new project for the Hospice Care Ottawa (HCO). It has been asked whether it would be possible to make blocks that would be given to the family of the resident once they pass away. HCO does not give the quilts we gift them to the family but thought it would be a nice gesture to offer them the block that would be pinned to their door while in residence. Dimensions have not been established; it can be 16 x 16 inches, up to 20 x 20 inches. Let’s see what we can come up with this coming Quilt year (2023-24).

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