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Community Projects

The Common Thread Quilt Guild is a giving guild and has always had a mandate to give back to the community. We have seen the generosity of members increase over the years. Members may give to the Community Projects Committee entire quilts or only tops.

Professional long-arm quilters, and guild members, donate quilting time for the tops that we receive.  Some members also finish quilts started by others.


Ottawa Hospital – NICU

Our most consistent charitable work is providing cuddle quilts to the Ottawa Hospital NICU.  To date we have created more than 3,500 of these quilts. Watch Rogers TV Ottawa programme about our guild and cuddle quilts.

  • Recipients: babies in the Intensive Care Neo-natal units
  • Quilt size: Cuddle Quilts: 22” x 22”


Interval House, Ottawa

Interval House is an organization that provides safe temporary housing for women and children fleeing abuse during difficult times.

Recipients: abused women and their families

Quilt size:

  • single bed size (60″ x 72″)
  • children sizes (36″ x 40″ and 40″ x 60″)


Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ottawa

Cornerstone is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, by helping them find a safe, affordable place to call home.  They provide emergency shelter and supportive housing for women.  Our quilts go to women who have found a home through Cornerstones.

  • Recipients: women who have found a home through Cornerstones
  • Quilt size: single bed size (60” x 72″)



The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is a major children’s hospital and university teaching hospital in Ottawa. Every year CHEO helps more than 500,000 children and youth from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Nunavut and Northern Ontario.

  • Recipients: children who are at the hospital long-term, or those who visit frequently.
  • Quilt size: 36” x 48” for infants, up to 52” x 60” for teens


The Infant and Child Development Program of Algoma Public Health

This program of Algoma Public Health assists at risk infants and children experiencing delays in development.  The program provides services to children from birth to five years of age.

Quilt size:

  • 30″ x 30″
  • 40” x 40”
  • 40” x 50”



The nuclear disaster in Chernobyl has many long lasting effects.  There are many orphans, elderly, children and families living in poverty as a result of the disaster.  Once a year, one very special person in Kingston, Ontario sends a shipping container of items for the needy, ensuring that everything goes to those in need.  We provide quilts of any size to be shipped to Chernobyl, to be enjoyed by all ages.

  • Recipients: orphans, the elderly, children and families living in poverty.
  • Quilt size: any size


Carty House

This organization provides temporary housing for refugee women and their children.

Recipients: Women and children

Size preferred:

  • 40″ x 50″ for children
  • 60″ x 72″ for women



The YM/YWCA provides housing for homeless women / women with mental health issues.

Recipients: women

Size preference: single bed size (60″ x 72″)



  • CHEO Dialysis,
  • Ronald MacDonald House,
  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Orleans
  • Celebration of the elders at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre

Our quilts have found their way into the arms of young and old alike

Common Thread Quilt Guild