Kanata Quilt Guild

Community Quilts

(also known as Charity Quilts)

Last year was an amazing year for the Community Quilt Program – 98 quilts donated to a number of local charitable organizations. Thanks to Carol & Colette and all the members who did the work to piece, quilt and bind those quilts!

We will not be asking for blocks this year, instead we are focusing on using up the large amount of donated fabric we have accumulated. There will be kits available to make a complete quilt top – make one yourself, or with a group of friends. You can find the block patterns from previous years in the Charity Block Archive.

There are 2 special Sew Days planned for this year for us to work on our community projects together. They are scheduled for:

  • October 4, 2023
  • May 1, 2024

The Sew Days will take place at Glen Cairn United Church, from 9:30 – 3:00. Bring your sewing machine and a community project to work on, or pick up a quilt kit to sew or come and help with a number of other tasks.

Our immediate need is for members to quilt one or more quilt tops .. there is a large stack of quilts ready to be quilted. We will provide batting and backing. No need for fancy custom quilting on these, or maybe it’s a chance to practice some new skills! Let us know if you’re able to help us out. 

We are looking forward to a fun and productive year!

Pam Denesyk & Colette Gentes

In 2023-2024, Kanata Quilt Guild will continue to donate our quilts to the following charities: Roger Neilson House, Ukrainian Settlement Helpers Canada, Quilts for (Residential School) Survivors, Kanata Blanket Brigade, Hospice Care Ottawa, and Quilts of Valour Canada. I am hoping to add more to the list as the year goes on.

Quilt Specifications

  • Roger Neilson House – quilt should measure approx. 62”x80” in gender-neutral colors, with a minimal amount of white or light coloured fabrics.
  • Ukrainian families arriving in Ottawa/Canada – any size and any color.
  • Quilts for Survivors – 48” x 64” (quilt top only) or any size finished quilt, must include some orange fabric, preferably with an indigenous theme.
  • Kanata Blanket Brigade – most needed sizes are twin and throw, but infant and double also useful.
  • Ottawa Hospice – flannel comfort quilts for their residential program.
  • Quilts of Valour Canada – minimum 55” x 70” up to a maximum 72” x 84” (complete specifications found here)

We will be accepting donations of fabric and quilt tops or finished quilts for Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC). No novelty or children’s themed fabric. Quilt tops should be 50″ x 70″ and if donating a finished quilt the back must be flannel. Details can be found at Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

You can also refer to our Quilties section if you are looking to make something small for a newborn.