Oct 18, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness: Free Patterns for Quilts and Quilt Block Updated

Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have been collecting free quilt block or quilting patterns that feature breast cancer ribbons or other appropriate themes. It's good to remember that any quilt or quilt block pattern can be transformed into a breast cancer awareness or comfort quilt just by the selection of colors  pinks, roses, the peachy ballet pinks, and so on.

But for those wanting more, I have found these quilt block or quilt patterns that are available as free downloads. If you have additional ones that I might add to my list, please e-mail me your linking suggestions, as this is something near and dear to my heart!

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.

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.

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.

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 

With Heart and Hands Creates Breast Cancer Comfort Heart Shaped Pillow or tiny tuck in pillows for under a seat belt or anytime sonething needs 
comfort tuck ins.

For a free pdf pattern, click on – Port Softies for Chemotherapy Patients

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)

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.

 From Google:

Supply List for Pillow:
1-5/8 yd dark red for border & back
1/8 yd dark pink for border
Assortment of 1-1/8” white strips
Assortment of 1-1/8” dark red strips
14” square pillow form
Six 7/8” or larger buttons

Make a log cabin heart block!!

 log cabin love pillow

Make Log Cabin blocks into a Heart and create a Pillow!

 from Lisa in Port Hope!

To make a heart from log cabin blocks:
Four log cabin blocks red and white, pinks and white..your choice all cut at 1 3/8" strips
Curving top log cabins: colorful strips cut @ 1 5/8", white strips at 1 1/8"
Adding another piece of white at the diagonal top corner to create the curve!
Blocks finish at about 6 3/4"


from sotak handmade!

Svetlana writes " This pixelated heart pillow is made of 2" squares, most of them from my scrap bin - yay!, and was inspired by

Jolene's wonderful quilt"


Table Runner from Google:
  This lovely is approximately 17” x 43”, make 3 hearts.   
Sew a 1-3/4” strip of dark red sashing between the hearts to connect them.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing on the top & bottom and then on each end.  Sew a 3-3/4” border of contrasting red on the top & bottom and then on each end.  Quilt & bind as desired.

Wall Hanging:
Follow instructions for pillow A-D.  For wall hanging approximately 28” x 31”, make 4 hearts.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of dark red sashing between 2 hearts to make 2 sets.  Sew a 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing between the 2 sets to make one row on top of the other.  Sew another 1-3/4” strip of the same dark red sashing on each side and then on the top and bottom.  Sew a 3-3/4” border of contrasting red on each side and then on the top and bottom.  Quilt & bind as desired.
More wonderful things to make:

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.

Free Cancer Awareness Click Pattern: 

similar to a bow tie or a signature pattern block made into a quilt with any colors


Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Templates 

With a 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, amyloidosis, 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:
Liver, Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma
Kidney Cancer,Liver Cancer, Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Ivemark Syndrome, Sandhoff Disease
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,

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

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, Wegener�s 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), 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)

Awareness Ribbon Colors
  • AIDS/HIV: Red
  • Alzheimers: Purple
  • Autism: Jigsaw Puzzle Print
  • Bladder Cancer: Yellow
  • Bone Cancer: White
  • Brain Cancer: Gray
  • Breast Cancer: Pink Ribbons
  • Childhood Cancers: Gold
  • Colon Cancers: Dark Blue Ribbons
  • Diabetes: Gray
  • Dystonia: Violet
  • Eating Disorders: Purple
  • Epilepsy: Purple
  • Heart Disease: Red Ribbons
  • Hypertension: Periwinkle
  • Kabuki Syndrome - Bright Green
  • Kidney Cancer: Green Ribbons
  • Leukemia: Orange
  • Liver Cancer and Hepatitis: Jade Ribbons
  • Lung Cancer: Pear
  • Lyme Disease: Lime Green Ribbons
  • Lymphoma: Lime Green Ribbons
  • Melanoma: Black Ribbons
  • Mental Health Awareness: Green/Blue Ribbons
  • Multiple Myeloma: Burgundy
  • Multiple Sclerosis: Orange
  • Osteoporosis: Lace Ribbons
  • Ovarian Cancer: Teal
  • Pancreatic Cancer: Purple
  • Parkinson's Disease: Silver Ribbons
  • Prostate Cancer: Sky Blue Ribbons
  • Stomach Cancer: Periwinkle
  • Testicular Cancer: Purple
  • Thyroid Cancer: Pink, Purple & Teal
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.
Red Dresses and Red Ribbons for Women's Heart Disease:

Extra: Red dresses for Heart Disease

Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands* Breast Cancer Awareness: Free Patterns for Quilts and Quilt Block Updated


SuBee said...

That's fabulous! Do you mind if I post that in my cinic? I've never seen the whole list altogether - good job! Thanks for that, and oh yea -
I almost aspirated my tea.
JADE green is liver. Hmmmmm.
Isn't that awfully close to BILE green??
Someone has kept a sense of humor while assigning these colors......

atet said...

Don't forget purple - pancreatic cancer :0).

Anonymous said...

thanks for the pattern for the cancer ribbon and listing the colors i am making one for my cousin who is suffering from Leukemia and its nice to know what color to use for the ribbon

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the color for endometrial cancer is?

Anonymous said...

I found a couple of websites that said Peach was the color for endometrial cancer.

Anonymous said...

The purple ribbon is also used for domestic violence, child abuse, and fibromyalgia awareness. :) Thank you for all the patterns - I've been wanting to create a quilt for my fibromyalgia support group, and these are just wonderful!

Anonymous said...

The quilts are gorgeous!!! I'm a 24 year old breast cancer survivor who's still in the fighting stages, and I'm thinking about taking my head scarves and making a quilt out of them. I really like the quilt design that incorporates all of the different ribbons for all of the different cancers- TOTALLY AWESOME!

Teresa said...

Thank you for posting these patterns. Our family just lost a very special person to Breast Cancer last night. She was my sister's mother-in-lay and her very best friend. I am making a memory jar and I did not have any breast cancer ribbon fabric so I will be making the ribbon in the heart pattern for her memory jar. Can I link your blog to my breast cancer link page?

deb said...

If I may add to your list...
Burgandy is for Multiple Myeloma

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.

beaquilter said...

Do you have this in a EQ file that you can email? I LOVE this quilt, I want to make it for my closest friend back in Denmark where I'm from, she's 32- a year younger than me and just got diagnosed with breast cancer.
I want to make it a tad smaller I think. cropperbea@gmail.com
I have eq7(and6)

Mistycarrasco said...

Was wondering it there is a color for gallbladdar? My grandmother had it. I was wanting to do a ribbon in that color in rememberance of her.
Thank you

Michele Bilyeu said...

Gallbladder Disease uses the color Kelly Green for its ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Blue ribbons are for Histiocytosis Awareness and Child Abuse Awareness. Blue jean material ribbons are for Rare Disease Awareness. Love these patterns and will be trying a few of them out soon!