Common Thread Quilt Guild

Community Projects

The Common Thread Quilt Guild is a giving guild and has always had a mandate to give back to the local community.  We have seen the generosity of members increase over the years, even during challenging times.

Members continue to have the option of donating entire quilts or quilt tops, and we also have quilt top kits to sign out and complete.  Donated and kit tops are then matched with backing, batting and binding and made into kits to sign out for quilting.  Our professional long-arm quilters, as well as home quilters donate their time to quilt and complete these kits for distribution to our community.

We ask you to remember that for cuddles, and all quilts, our community is very culturally diverse, so we will request to avoid holiday-, religious-, or season-specific quilts or fabrics. Also, please remember our recipients. Theme fabric that is age appropriate is fine, particularly in scrap quilts, but please keep their tastes in mind as we work from our stash.

If you are looking for ideas of quilt patterns, check out the Patterns page on our website under the Resources menu. The direct link is:

These are the organizations that this guild helps at this time:

The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus – NICU

One of our most consistent charitable works is providing cuddle quilts to The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus NICU and Post-Partum Units.  To date we have created more than 4000 of these quilts.

Recipients: Babies in either the Intensive Care Neo-Natal or Post-Partum Units.

  • Quilt size:  Cuddle Quilts: 22” x 22”


Montfort Hospital – NICU

Cuddle Quilts will also be donated to the Montfort Hospital NICU

Recipients: babies in the Intensive Care neo-natal unit

  • Quilt size: Cuddle Quilts: 22″ x 22″

Interval House, Ottawa

Interval House is an organization that provides safe temporary housing for abused women and their families during difficult times.

Recipients: women and their families

Quilt sizes:

  • single bed size (60”x72”)
  • children’s sizes (36”x40” and 40×60”)


The YM/YWCA provides for a multitude of people.  In particular, the T.R.Y. program is a supportive housing program for women.  The YM/YWCA also includes other programs for helping low income independent singles (adults over 25) as well as youth (ages 16-24) and shelters for families including refugee status.

Recipients: Men, women, youth and children

Quilt sizes:

  • single bed size (60″ x 72″)
  • children’s sizes (36″ x 40″ up to 50″ x 70″)

Carty House

This organization provides temporary housing for refugee women transitioning to homes.

Recipients:    Women

  • Preferred Quilt Sizes: 60″ x 72″ (single size) to 80″ x 90″ (queen size)


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

  • Preferred quilt size: single bed size (60” x 72”)


Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa (CHEO)

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 sizes:

  • 36” x 48” for infants
  • up to 52” x 60” for teens

Miriam Centre Orleans

The centre provides support (physical and emotional), to young mothers (or parent/s) and their babies.

Recipients: Infants, children, or young parent

Quilt sizes:

  • for infants to toddlers 4 years old – to 36″ x 48″
  • Young adult – mostly female – twin

Hospice Care of Ottawa

The Hospice Care of Ottawa provides final care to a variety of patients.

Quilt size for all: 50” x 60″ maximum size


Osgoode Care Centre

This is a senior care facility in the outskirts of Ottawa.  We are providing “wheel chair” quilts.

Recipients:  seniors both male and female

  • Wheel chair quilt sizes – 36”x36” or 36”x40”


Perley Rideau Veteran Care Centre

This is a senior care facility in the Ottawa area.  We are providing “wheel chair” quilts.

Recipients: seniors both male and female

  • Wheel chair quilt sizes:  36” x 36” or 36”x40”

Other organizations that have received our quilts in past years:

  • CHEO Dialysis
  • Quilts for OPP cruisers
  • 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