Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Patterns for Cancer Awareness: Quilts, Ribbons, Quilts, Caps, Pillows, Pouches, and other Projects

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In honor of 'Breast Cancer Awareness' and with support for anyone battling cancer of any kind, I have updated my free quilt, cancer ribbons and other patterns with the addition of links to free patterns for chemotherapy caps, pillows, and breast and arm comfort pouches patterns.

Please remember...it doesn't have to be 'pink' even if many of us use, or mention that color in reference to this cause.

There are many breast cancer survivors are tired of the focus on buying pink and not on helping those who battle this horrible disease or the havoc that it wrecks on their lives.

So, while I am offering links and projects that feature the color 'pink' in honor of the tradition of using the color pink as a symbolic show of support for this terrible disease and the many women, and a lot of men, who have faced its challenges, its ravages, and been heroic survivors, I also want to honor those who do not feel that many of the 'for show' causes out there truly honor or support finding or funding, research for this disease.
Just because a product is pink..and we see pink everywhere now, not just in the month of October....it does not mean that any of the monies from the purchase of that product are going towards actually supporting this cause.  Please make sure that monies are going to breast cancer research funding or funding for woman who can not afford health care, screening, etc. and not just for pink products and the businesses that create them. And no...I don't know about this pink garbage can, I am just making a point about pink. This product may actually support the cause and not their own money making cause. I borrowed the image from the blog link below to make a point.

This is a powerful, powerful article written by a breast cancer survivor. Please read it and understand that many, many breast cancer survivors are fed up with the color pink:

Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Please Put That Pink Can of Soup Down and Put Your Bra Back On!

http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/national-no-bra-day-and-breast-cancer-awareness-month-or-please-put-that-pink-can-of-soup-down-put-your-bra-back-on/

And if you don't believe me, do read this article and the very first comment that was left on the blog where a survivor describes how her own insurances company refused to pay for breast cancer treatment.

There is a lot more work that needs to be done is advancing awareness, support, and understanding of what it is truly like to battle this disease. Until then, we do what we know how to do and we use what we are used to using..in my case it was sewing and quilting and the color pink.

When you know better...you do better. May we all learn, grow, and do...better and better.

My mother battled a ferocious case of Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2002 and 2003  that unfortunately was not caught by a mammogram just one month before. AND it was not caught, by her very good physician who did her breast exam. My mother discovered it, and not because she thought she had cancer. IBC does not appear in the form of a lump that you can feel ..she was simply red and she was worried that the mammogram had 'injured' her somehow and that is the reasons she went back to the doctor. That doctor, bless his heart, realized then what she had and immediately ordered her to head south to Seattle for immediate treatment.

In spite of all of the very negative odds against her, she beat this terrible disease in less than a year.

We had to move her down from Douglas (Island) Alaska to live with me, and my family in Salem, Oregon for her entire treatment of hard core chemotherapy, a mastectomy, and intense radiation.  Why?  Because the very good hospital and doctors and program in Seattle, did nothing to advance treatment in the two weeks she was there, living in a hotel. Nor in the next two weeks, while I lived in that hotel with them.  I brought them to Salem with me, when that new doctor took a three week vacation as scheduled and no new doctor was assigned to her to speed her process up. I think she saw this elderly diabetic lady with advanced Stage 3b ICF, and figured at that point what was the rush?

Even my brother (who is a doctor) said she wasn't going to make it and that there was no way in the world I'd be able to 'get her' to go through chemo, surgery, and radiation.

Well, she did all three of those and never, ever threw up, got sick, or went into any kind of horrific depression as my family expected. With her in the best place I could help her be in, with my dad by her side supporting her, and with me as her primary cheer leader..she did it all.


She beat this terrible disease, went onto many good years, long past her 5 year milestone, and made it until her 10th.  Unfortunately, she also battled diabetes, and an intense family history of Alzheimer's Disease and after 8 years of battling Alzheimer's,   she just recently passed away.  But she died from Alzheimer's, ironically cancer free.




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In honor and in support, I have just recently updated my huge list of " Free Cancer Awareness and Support" patterns, tutorials, and links.... and some really fun small projects that make wonderful gifts for those battling any illness.  And remember, anything with a support ribbon on it makes a great gift, as well. All patterns at their links along the way, below!


 
Some of my own fun projects, first!





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.

Bigger Pillows:Making a Heart Shaped Pillow

Make Breast Cancer Comfort Pillows for anyone who needs a little love. 

These are also wonderful for those recuperating from chest surgery of any kind, as one does after Cardiac Surgery etc. See, my pieced pillows ormake your own from solid fabric or fleece using my link above.



My Prayer Flags:  The simplest of prayer flags, made with raw edges of fabric and strings to flutter in the winds of time. Inkjet printing on my home computer...link to the right in my side bar of links.

.Prayer flags are meant to be unfinished and imperfect..just like our own lives. And they are meant to be light so they can flutter and float as
the winds carry our prayers to all corners of this world and beyond.


Other links and tutorials that I have created that can be useful for patients or as gifts or gift bags:



 
 



 






Free Patterns for Cancer Ribbons, quilts etc.


Pink Ribbons Quilt Blocks or Quilts for Breast Cancer Awareness:Breast Cancer Pillow by Kaye Wood pdf

Cotton Spice :download PDF pattern: Square in square/rail fence around pink ribbon.

Cure Inspired Quilt

Heartstrings Quilt Project October_Project_Pink3.pdf

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

Pink Chalk Studio: Square fence block-2.pdf

Pink Ribbon Comfort Pillow

Pink Ribbon Block



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″.



Ribbon Quilt Block

Pink Ribbon and Soaring Past Time

Pink Ribbons: A Contrary Wife Quilt Top

Quilt of Many Ribbons (rail fence w. appliqued pink ribbon in center)

Rosie's Pink Ribbon Quilt

String Pieced Prayer Pocket Pillow

Think Pink



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 and 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











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...like a hanging purse under your arm, only its a pillow that eases pain as you move around ; free pdf just click on it's hyperlink to download




Pink Ribbon Block







Pink Warrior from Fat Cat Quilts and Patterns...check out her wonderful site!!





Ribbon Butterfly from Fat Cat...check her out!







Think Pink (ribbon and hearts)



Tudor Rose Garden



In the Pink by Sarah Wise from Popular Patchwork online:

http://www.popularpatchwork.com/news/article.asp?a=9352








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





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



Think Pink (McCalls now requires a free sign up and then the search)

Patchwork Cancer Ribbon Quilt BlockCancer Ribbon ColorsShow Us Your Awareness Quilts

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors for 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.


It's just as important to remember all of those we love, who face challenges from other forms of cancer, and to create not only increased awareness for those diseases...but to create comfort quilts or pillows for them,as well.

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.


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Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Templates list of colors for each cancer at bottom of these lists


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 Maroon 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,   myloidosis, hemangioma.


(Dark) Blue Ribbons: Colon Cancers


 Blue 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, 
Liver, Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma,Kidney Cancer,

Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Ivemark Syndrome, Sandhoff Disease,


Forest Green: 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, 



Lt. Green: Pelvic Pain (chronic), Celiac Disease, STD Awareness, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Cream (the color cream wouldn't show here so I'm showing them in this color) but these should be cream colored: Cervical Cancer,Liver Cancer & Hepatitis   Cream: Paralysis, spinal cord injuries, spinal diseases or disorders, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) 



Teal green or teal green and white together: Cervical Cancer

Jade Or Emerald Ribbons: Liver Cancer & Hepatitis
 


 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

Gray Ribbons: Diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, brain cancer, glioblastoma, Parkinson's, asthma, allergies,

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


PINK RIBBON: Breast Cancer


(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


Red Ribbons:AIDS/HIV,Heart Disease,Alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention awareness, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Disaster relief,
Stroke, supraventicular tachycardia, Wolff-parkinson-White Syndrom
(WPW), Pro-life, hypertension, Evans Syndrome, Vasculitis, Wegeners
Granulomatosis



Silver Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease

Sky Blue Ribbons: Prostate Cancer

Teal Green: Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer (some cross over of these previous two colors) 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)


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), postpartum 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





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





Extra: Red dresses for Heart Disease





(image for making a chemo cap from google free images)




Red Heart Yarn Free Chemo Cap Pattern shown above: 
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/chemo-cap


Red Heart Yarn Free Yarn and Shawl Patterns:

 http://www.redheart.com/finder/pattern?filters=tid:2802&retain-filters=1




Other Sites:

 Adult Chemo Hat

Banded Scrub Hat - sewing tutorial

Bandanna with Tails

Chemotherapy Turbans

Chemo Cap - Head Scarf - sewing tutorial


Comfort Caps - sewing pattern for adult and child sizes

Covering our Hair - links to different patterns


Fast and Easy Chemo Cap

 Reversible Chemo Hat - sewing pattern

Chemo Cap for Sewing - (pdf file)  From the Heart - more patterns here.


Creative Kindness Beret


Creative Kindness Easy Hat


Creative Kindness Easy Hat Variations


Creative Kindness Beret


Headhuggers - sewn, knitted and crocheted patterns


Snood


Reversible Chemo Hat


Reversible Fleece Cap

Polar Fleece Beanie


Quick and Easy Beanie



Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

3 comments:

  1. Wow, that's quite a huge resource list, thanks so much for sharing. I haven't quilted in years or sewn for all of that but I'm going to try your string prayer pocket heart. So many in need of some comfort and a little prayer.

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  2. Thank you for sharing all this wonderful information. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past April. I am fine now. Early detection, and I have completed all my treatments. I feel blessed to have come through as well as I have. I will be trying some of these patterns you have shared with us. I had the love and support of my husband and family. I am sure that is what helped your mom do as well as she did too; the love and support of your family. Thanks again for sharing all this with us!

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  3. Anonymous6:17 AM

    Thank you for sharing all these resources. My mother died from colon cancer. My father died from Alzheimer's. My sister-in-law battled breast cancer a year and a half ago and recently was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This lung cancer is very atypical and so far all they can do is radiation treatments. They did do surgery to remove as much of the two masses as they could and are continuing the radiation treatments. If she is strong enough after the radiation treatments, they will start her on a chemotherapy regimen.

    I know so many who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases. I am going to commit to making some prayer pocket pillows and prayer flags. .

    Again, thanks for your encouragement and all the free resources you provide.

    Susan (senstrings) at (yahoo) dot (com)

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