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!

Our first outreach this year is in support of the May Court Club of Ottawa, who support many community projects, including the May Court Hospice. They have asked for our help in providing small sewn or quilted items suitable for their Christmas Market on November 18.  Popular items from past markets are Christmas stockings, placemats, table runners, coasters, cushion covers, aprons, wall hangings, pouches and small bags.  Or anything else you might think suitable. You can use non-Christmas fabric, modern and traditional pieces are both welcome. 

All items need to be completed by the end of October so that they can be delivered in time for the market. There will be a special Charity Sew Day on October 4 to work on these smaller items or any other community projects. We will bring some donated novelty fabrics and orphan blocks that may inspire you. 

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!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Pam and/or Colette.

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.