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, tops may be made of fabrics donated by others. Professional longarm quilters donate quilting time for the tops that we receive, some members also finish quilts started by others.

Ottawa Hospital Cuddle Quilts

  • Our most consistent charitable work is providing cuddle quilts. To date we have created more than 3,500 of these quilts.
  • Recipients: babies in the Intensive Care Neo-natal units
  • Quilt size: Cuddle Quilts: 22” x 22”

Interval House, Ottawa

  • Recipients: abused women and their families
  • Quilt size: any size

CHEO Dialysis

At CHEO there are children on dialysis and/or awaiting a transplant.  The quilts we donate help comfort the children .  The quilt they are given is their own and they bring it back and forth to the hospital as they visit.  Children can be up to the age of 18 so the quilts we donate can be 40” x 60” for the larger children,  40” x 50”,  or 40” x 40” for the smaller children.

  • Recipients: children on dialysis and/or awaiting a transplant
  • Quilt size: 40” x 60”

Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Orleans

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre offers support to people in need with programs for the elderly and for women who experienced domestic violence.  Our quilts are given to vulnerable women who complete a course offered by the Centre.  We donate quilts that are 40” x 60” to the Centre. On occasion, we have made walker carriers for the Centre to distribute to the seniors that they support.

  • Recipients:  elderly and abused women
  • Quilt size: 40” x 60”

Ronald McDonald House, Ottawa

Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children.  Our quilts go to children who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House as outpatients, receiving medical treatment without being admitted to the hospital.  Children can be up to the age of 18 so the quilts we donate can be 40” x 60” for the larger children,  40” x 50”,  or 40” x 40” for the smaller children.

  • Recipients: children outpatients
  • Quilt size: 40” x 60” or smaller.

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.  We give them quilts that are 40” x 60” or larger.

  • Recipients: women who have found a home through Cornerstones
  • Quilt size: 40” x 60” or larger

The Infant and Child Development Program of Algoma Public Health, Ontario

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.  The quilts we give to them are 30″ x 30″, 40” x 50” or 40” x 40”.

  • Recipients: at risk infants and children experiencing delays in development
  • Quilt size: 40” x 50”

Chernobyl, Europe

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

Other organizations that have received our quilts in past years:

  • Large raffle quilts to raise money for local and national organizations to fight ovarian cancer.
  • Donation to the victims of the 2003 wildfires in BC
  • Multiple-diagnosis residents of a nursing home
  • Celebration of the elders at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre
  • Our quilts have found their way into the arms of young and old alike
Owly Design 2016