Oct 1, 2008

Pinktober: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is national breast cancer awareness month and around the globe, women everywhere are celebrating their lives and their survival from this devastating disease. We all know someone who has battled the challenges of cancer, but the devastating effects of breast cancer on a woman and the incredible journey of survival is a testimony to the courage and strength that is carried within.

Hard Rock(Cafe) International announced the launch of "Pinktober” – a month-long initiative to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through a series of live music events started out as ‘Rocktober’ in Europe in 2005 and grew into a global campaign, brings some of the world’s best live music to small and intimate surroundings. The series of events support local breast cancer charities across the world, and proceeds from each event throughout the month goes to the chosen charities.

In honor, memory, and in celebration, I offer my own Pinktober: my updated Breast Cancer Awareness Free Quilt Patterns list. As you check out these links, please play your own favorite rock and roll music and send good thoughts out to all who face breast cancer's challenges!

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 color...pinks, roses, the peachy ballet pinks, and so on. But these blocks, quilts and patterns have been specifically designed for that purpose, so their energy is one of joy and love and intent for a cure for this disease.

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

Breast Cancer (and other Cancers) Awareness Ribbon Quilt Blocks

Cancer Awareness Patterns: free for personal use by Angie Padilla

Ribbon Quilt Block
Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Templates Pink Ribbon Block

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

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors for Other Diseases:
This 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.

Black Ribbons: Melanoma
Dark Blue Ribbons: Colon Cancers
Gold Ribbons: Childhood Cancer
Gray Ribbons: Diabetes & Brain Cancer
Green Ribbons: Kidney Cancer
Green/Blue Ribbons: Mental Heath Awareness
Jade Ribbons: Liver Cancer & HepatitisJigsaw Puzzle Ribbons: Autism
Lace Ribbons: Osteoporosis
Lime Green Ribbons: Lyme Disease
Orange Ribbons: Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis
Periwinkle Ribbons: Hypertension and Stomach Cancer
Pearl Ribbons: Lung Cancer
Pink Ribbons: Breast Cancer:
Pink,Purple and Teal Ribbons: Thyroid Cancer
Purple Ribbons: Pancreatic, Prostrate,Testicular Cancers; Alzheimer's & FibromyalgiaRed Ribbons:AIDS/HIV & Heart Disease, Leukemia, LymphomaSilver Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease
Sky Blue Ribbons: Prostate Cancer
Teal Ribbons: Ovarian CancerWhite Ribbons: Bone Cancer

1 comment:

Kim West said...

I also have one on my site: http://peachquilting.com - it is called "Hope from the Darkness".