breast cancer quilt
Breast Cancer Awareness,  Home Decor,  Machine Embroidery,  Quilting

Breast Cancer Quilt Free Pattern for Patients & Survivors

Breast Cancer Quilt to Create & Donate

for patients & survivors

finished breast cancer quilt

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.

Quilt Details

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.

breast cancer quilt on chair

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.

pink ribbon embroidery design closeup

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:

Domus Pacis Family Respite
P.O. Box 149 (for USPS deliveries)
Frisco, CO 80443
Shipping with UPS or FedEx:
619 E Main St
Frisco, CO 80443
(Quilts should be new and from a smoke-free home. Contact Domus Pacis if you’re unsure about the acceptability of your donation.)
breast cancer quilt with backing showing

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.

 

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!

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