Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ribbon Colors: Cancers and Many Other Diseases

During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we see pink ribbons everywhere, and most of us know that this color represents breast cancer awareness. But you might not be as familiar with the other ribbon colors that are used to promote awareness for the other cancers or a variety of other diseases that many of us or our loved ones face or have faced.

Just a few days ago, we learned that my husband's younger cousin...after having all of her yearly tests just 4 months ago and being completely negative and clean in their findings...was discovered to be filled with cancer tumors of all sizes. Cancer that has severely metastasized after negative tests just a few months ago!!!

Many of us don't realize that we can get false readings on our tests and if you suspect you have symptoms of any of the cancers or diseases, ask for a retest, or other testing.

This beautiful, vivacious, and loving woman has been through emergency surgery in an attempt to prolong what seriously limited time she has left with such a recent diagnosis and treatment. Doctors have done all that they can and she is undergoing chemo, of course. But she is so ill that only immediate family..her own..are even allowed in her room. Can you even imagine?

It's important to remember all of those we love, who face challenges from other forms of cancer, and so many other diseases, to create not only increased awareness for those diseases...but to support them with cards to the family, wearing a ribbon and sharing our stories and if you sew or quilt...to create comfort quilts or pillows for them, as well. It may not seem like much, but it is something tangible that we can do to show our love for others as they face life's challenges.

I am featuring a different and updated version of my original post on Free Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt Patterns with as many new colors for as many different diseases as I could find, as well as lots and lots of free patterns and links.

Please be aware that many groups use different colors for the same disorder or disease, so there are a lot of cross-over uses. I am listing as many as I can find and validate as being used by groups.

Please note that there are many lovely enameled and other pins available on line, but because I borrowed photos of combination colored pins, I have included the link to that one,
Choose Hope after my color charts.

Please pray for my husband's cousin, Martha, her husband, and two daughters as they face these life altering challenges with their wife and mother. Pray that they can be together as long as possible in this world, and together always in the next.

And did you know???
Caregivers Honor Ribbon: Plum...make gifts for care givers of your loved ones!

three ribbons

Free Cancer Awareness Click Pattern: Download the PDF similar to a bow tie or a signature pattern block made into a quilt with any colors


Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Templates list of colors for each cancer at bottom of these lists. Please be aware that many groups use different colors for the same disorder or disease, so there are a lot of cross-over uses. I am listing as many as I can find and validate as being used by groups.

What the colors of ribbons signify support for:

Amber Ribbon: Appendix Cancer
Black Ribbons: Melanoma,
narcolepsy, sleep apnea, sleep disorder, Primary Billiary Cirrhosis,Brown Ribbons: Anti-tobacco, colorectal cancer,

Burgundy or Marron:
, multiple myeloma, cesarian sections, headaches and migraines, adhesions, thrombophilia and other coagulation or blood factor disorders, meningitis, polio survivor, Post-Polio Syndrome, Hughes Syndrome, brain aneurysm, Hirschsprung's Disease (Congenital Megacolon), children undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with rare disorders or diseases, amyloidosis, hemangioma.

Cream: Paralysis, spinal cord injuries, spinal diseases or disorders, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

(Dark) Blue Ribbons: Colon CancersBlue Ribbons: Histiocytosis Awareness, Child Abuse Awareness
Child abuse prevention, arthritis, gout, colon cancer, Dysautonomia, hystiocytosis, histiocytosis, Erb's Palsy, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), ke, dystonia, interstitial cystitis, bracial plexus injury, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) , Alopecia, Reyes Syndrome, Steven Johnson Syndrome, short bowel syndrome, Myositis, Leukodystrophy, Huntington's Disease, Malaria, Syringomyelia, Neurofibromatosis, , Cri du Chat Syndrome, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, polio awareness, Primary Immunodeficiency Disease, Sensory Processing Disorder (reflex blue shade), Angelman Syndrome, Von Hippel-Lindau
Denim and denim fabric: Rare Disease Awareness
(Light) Blue: Prostrate Cancer
Burgundy: Multiple Myeloma
Gold Ribbons: Childhood Cancer
Gray Ribbons: Diabetes & Brain Cancer
(Silver) Gray Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease
Green Ribbons: Kidney Cancer,Liver Cancer, Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Ivemark Syndrome, Sandhoff Disease,
Pelvic Pain (chronic), Celiac Disease, STD Awareness, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Teal Green: Cervical Cancer,Liver Cancer & Hepatitis, Tissue and organ transplants, depression (both adults and children), bipolar disorder, mental health, mental illness, eye injuries, Tourette's Syndrome, Fanconi's Syndrome, Von Hippel Lindau, glaucoma, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans, neural tube defects, Mitochondrial Disease, , Cerebral Palsy, Neurofibromatosis, Lissencephally, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Ovarian, cervical, uterine (all gynecological) Myasthenia Gravis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, agoraphobia, panic or stress disorders (includes PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Fragile X, Batten Disease, Tourette's Syndrome (TSA designation)

Green/Blue Ribbons: Mental Heath Awareness, interstitial cystitis (IC Network designation),, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), green-blue or turquoise with a zipper Global Chiari Malformation Awareness

Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbons: Autism
Lace Ribbons: Osteoporosis
Lavender: General Cancer
Lime Green Ribbons: Lyme Disease, Lymphoma
Maroon Ribbons: Mulitple Melanoma
Orange Ribbons: Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis, Kidney Cancer, self injury, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), skin cancer (with a sun in the center of the loop), Deep Vein Thrombosis, Agent Orange Exposure

Orchid Ribbons: Testicular Cancer
Periwinkle Ribbons: Hypertensionm Stomach Cancer, Esophageal Cancer,Eating disorders, pulmonary hypertension, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, GERD, IBS

Peach Ribbons: Uterine Cancer Endometrial Cancer, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Pearl Ribbons: Lung Cancer

Pink Ribbons: Breast Cancer, cleft palate disorder
Hot Pink: Inflammatory breast cancer...rarer form
Pink,Purple and Teal Ribbons: Thyroid Cancer
Purple Ribbons:
Pancreatic, Prostrate,Testicular
,Leiomyosarcoma,Alzheimer's/Dementia, and Fibromyalgia, pancreatic cancer, Chron's Disease and colitis,
cystic fibrosis, leimyosarcoma, macular degeneration, Sjogren's Syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, sarcoidosis, the homeless, Mucolipidoses, thyroid cancer, ADD,
ADHD, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Hurler Syndrome, childhood or pediatric stroke
Gray Ribbons: Diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, brain cancer, glioblastoma, Parkinson's, asthma, allergies,

Red Ribbons:AIDS/HIV & Heart Disease,Alcohol, tobacco, drug prevention awareness,MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Disaster relief, Strokes, Supraventicular tachycardia, Wolff-parkinson-White Syndrom (WPW), Hypertension, Evans Syndrome, Vasculitis, Wegener's Granulomatosis

Silver Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease
Sky Blue Ribbons: Prostate Cancer
Teal Ribbons: Ovarian Cancer Teal green or teal and white together: Cervical Cancer
White Ribbons: Bone Cancer, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, sexual assault of students, retinal blastoma, blindness, carbon monoxide poisoning (CO poisoning), post partum depression, survivors, Scoliosis, white ribbon with a knot tied in the middle for marriage equality, Gay-teen suicide

Yellow Ribbons: Sarcoma..bone cancer,
spina biffida, endometriosis, sarcoma (with or without a sunflower), myxoid liposarcoma, bladder cancer, liver disease, liver cancer, cholangiocarcinomas, hydrocephalus or hydrocephaly, carbon monoxide poisoning, Ewing's sarcoma, chondrosarcoma
Combination of colors together:

Burgundy and ivory: Head and Neck Cancer

Marigold/Blue/Purple Combo Ribbon: Bladder Cancer
Black and White Combo Ribbon (zebra stripe): Carcinoid Cancer

Teal green or teal and white together: Cervical Cancer

Teal/Pink/Blue: Thyroid Cancer

Enamel Cancer Awareness Ribbon Pin - Uterine Cancer (Peach)

Any of these lovely pins and many, many more colors were found on the website Choose Hope and are available for purchase...in almost all of the colors found in my lists.....for $4 each. Multiple orders/prices. I have no affiliation with the website or its artists.

Alzheimer's Disease also uses a purple ribbon and I support this very personal cause. Two of my quilts and many names of family members are included in the AAQI traveling exhibit:
"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" continues its five-year journey across the United States with a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, February 23-26, 2012. The exhibit will hang at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (Greater Chesapeake Bay / Williamsburg Area

Buy AAQI Gear UltraLight AAQI Logo Earrings
And because I support the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative: please check out their logo/support/research funding items for sale:Buy AAQI Gear

AND make mini quilts for my favorite cause because I always say:
"Michele Bilyeu Quilts With Heart and Hands for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Join in my Liberated Quilting Challenge...and buy or donate a quilt, today!! We are changing the world...one little quilt at a time."

And because we all need to be on the alert for Women's Heart Disease:

Red Dresses and Red Ribbons for Women's Heart Disease:

Extra: Red dresses for Heart Disease

Note: If you get a 404 on any of these (site not found) it's because some sites (like All People Quilt or McCalls Quick Quilts) are now requiring you join for free to save for free.

And of course...always, always....
Pink Ribbons Quilt Blocks or Quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness:

Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block
This Cancer Awareness Ribbon quilt block is a foundation pieced pattern. The block isn't difficult to make, but it does contain long triangles that can be a little tricky to align on the foundation the first couple of times.Designed by Janet Wickell.

heart quilt
Patchwork Hearts Quilt Block & Quilt Patterns

About.com Forum members designed this pretty 6" heart block for a 2008 swap, and it's a natural for a Thinking Pink, for a loved one's Valentine's Day wallhanging or baby quilt. The block is assembled with quick piecing techniques.

heart quilt

I have had a great deal of fun coming up with a design idea for my Pay It Forward

So, it's easy to make. instructions and yardage for a small heart wallhanging on the last page of the pattern.

Cotton Spice :download PDF pattern: Square in square/rail fence around pink ribbon.
Heartstrings Quilt Project October_Project_Pink3.pdf

Make Mine Pink, Please (Scrappy Stars with Pieced Pink Ribbon Label)pdf

Spring Ribbons Quilt

Pink Chalk Studio: Square fence block-2.pdf

Pink Ribbon Comfort Pillow...free with Connecting Threaders order or make yourself; Post surgery support

Making a Heart Shaped Pillow

Anti-Ouch Pouch - American Sewing Guild

Pink Ribbon Block

Pink Warrior

Ribbon Butterfly

Think Pink (ribbon and hearts) Chiari Ribbon, Warrior Ribbon :Fat Cat Designs

Tudor Rose Garden

Quilt Pink Squares Lap Quilt

Paper-Pieced Pink Ribbon: designed by Carol Doak for Mimi Dietrich's Pink Ribbon Quilts book back in 1999 and made available by Carol for others to use as a free download.The block is made in two halves to make a 6" finished block
Click to download the pdf

Heart With A Ribbon from Carol Doak:
The crossed ribbon has become the symbol for support of many causes. The pink ribbon symbol supports breast cancer awareness. This block shows both love and support by having the ribbon placed inside the heart. The pdf file is a 3" finished size paper-pieced block (two on a page) and the second page contains the cutting list for one block. This block is for personal use only.
Click to download the pdf

Ribbon Quilt Block
by Dori Hawks
posted: 8/24/2003

Rays of Hope Carol Doak designed this wall quilt for a class on an Alaskan Cruise for a Cure (Breast Cancer) Click to download the pdf

Breast Cancer (and other Cancers) Awareness Ribbon Quilt Blocks

Cancer Awareness Patterns: free for personal use by Angie Padilla

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Connecting Threads has available a free tutorial to make paper-pieced Pink Ribbon Pins.Help raise awareness by sewing this simple quilted ribbon for your family, co-workers, and friends. Two sizes are available: large pin is 3″ x 4″ and the small pin 2 1/4″ x 3″.

use together to make a quilt
Pink Ribbon and Soaring Past Time

Pink Ribbons: A Contrary Wife Quilt Top

Quilt of Many Ribbons from Humblebee

Rosie's Pink Ribbon of Concern Quilt

String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow designed by Michele Bilyeu
Heartstrings and Prayers for any time they are needed. A little pocket in the back for a note of support and love.

Think Pink (McCalls now requires a free sign up and then the search)
Patchwork Cancer Ribbon Quilt BlockCancer Ribbon ColorsShow Us Your Awareness Quilts


Michele Bilyeu Quilts With Heart and Hands for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Join in my Liberated Quilting Challenge...and buy or donate a quilt, today!! We are changing the world...one little quilt at a time.


  1. Anonymous10:34 AM

    Awesome list, thanks so much for this.

  2. AMAZING List. Thanks for doing this. Hugs

  3. Excellent! You gave me two ribbon colors I had never been able to find. Thanks so much.

  4. Anonymous6:33 AM

    This is so lovely of you! Thank you so very much!

  5. heartbreaking news for you and your family. i haven't a clue how a family gets through something like this . . . but i wish them peace and comfort as they do.


  6. I always think Leukaemia should be red. Why on earth they chose orange I don't know!

    Brilliantly researched, as ever. Sending you hugs for your cousin and keeping her in my thoughts.


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