Breast Cancer Quilt to Create & Donate
for patients & survivors
This free breast cancer quilt pattern is easy to sew and features pink ribbon embroidery designs. Make the breast cancer quilt for a friend or loved one, or donate it to a charity accepting quilts for patients.
Four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am in remission (yay!) but the fear of recurrence is real. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer, specifically breast cancer, and while a lot of strides have been made in treatment and recovery, the cure is still undetermined.
I used our Botanical Blues quilt pattern and reimagined it to make this quilt. With fabrics featured in our Breast Cancer Pillowcase project, I cut the background, border and backing fabrics. For the embroidered squares, I used some leftover pink fabric I obtained from the October Birthstone Block I’ve been working on.
I pieced the quilt using Sulky PolyLite thread, and used the rayon thread in the Pink Palette for the embroidery. I hooped the pieced quilt with Sulky Stick ‘n’ Stitch stabilizer. When embroidery was complete, I tore away the remaining stabilizer, being careful to not stretch the fabric weave. Then I pressed the quilt from the wrong side.
The pink ribbon design comes with the 5 free Beat Cancer designs in our Pink Palette for Machine Embroidery. The palette comes with 10 spools of Sulky rayon thread. 10% of all proceeds from this collection go to the National Breast Caner Foundation.
The quilt was quilted in a long-arm machine using Sulky 30 wt cotton thread. A stipple stitch was used between the embroidered blocks and double piano keys along the outer border.
Donate a Breast Cancer Quilt
If you’d like to donate a quilt to someone in need, I highly suggest Domus Pacis. This organization is based in Colorado, and I was lucky to be nominated for a family respite through them when I was undergoing treatment.
Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish.
The Domus Pacis Family Respite program relies on the use of donated resort homes, as well as the giving nature of volunteers. Volunteers cook meals to give to families during their respite, provide handmade items, such as crocheted hats and quilts, and much, much more.
The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Summit County, Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to continue to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. Their goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together.
To donate your quilt to Domus Pacis, send it to:
Thread Color Modifications
Create the featured Breast Cancer quilt pattern, or change the embroidered ribbon color and fabrics to represent any type of cancer. Domus Pacis serves all people regardless of age or cancer type!
All Cancers – Purple Ribbon
All Cancer Survivors – Purple Ribbon
Appendix Cancer – Amber Ribbon
Brain Cancer – Grey Ribbon
Breast Cancer – Pink Ribbon
Bone Cancer – Yellow Ribbon
Bladder Cancer – Blue, Purple & Marigold
Carcinoid Cancer – Zebra Ribbon
Childhood Cancer – Gold Ribbon
Colon & Colorectal Cancer – Dark Blue
Endometrial Cancer – Peach Ribbon
Esophageal Cancer – Periwinkle
Head & Neck Cancer – Burgundy & Cream
Hodgkins Lymphoma – Violet Ribbon
Kidney (Renal) Cancer – Orange Ribbon
Leiomyosarcoma – Purple Ribbon
Leukemia – Orange Ribbon
Liver Cancer – Emerald Green Ribbon
Lung Cancer – White Ribbon
Lymphoma – Lime Green Ribbon
Multiple Myeloma – Burgundy Ribbon
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma – Lime Green Ribbon
Ovarian Cancer – Teal Ribbon
Pancreatic Cancer – Purple Ribbon
Prostate Cancer – Light Bl
Skin Cancer (Melanoma) – Black Ribbon
Stomach Cancer – Periwinkle
Testicular Cancer – Orchid Ribbon
Thyroid Cancer – Blue, Teal & Pink Ribbon
Uterine Cancer – Peach Ribbon
Add a Label for Breast Cancer Quilt
Add a personal note of encouragement or “sign” your quilt before donating to add something special. Creating a quilt label is also a nice way to honor a loved one who has passed.