Free Breast Cancer Awareness Patterns


Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and my own mother battled and survived an advanced stage of breast cancer, I am once more sharing the 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 color...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.

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Patchwork Hearts Quilt Block & Quilt Patterns 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.

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So, it's 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 with Connecting Threaders order or make yourself; Post surgery support

Making a Heart Shaped Pillow

Anti-Ouch Pouch - American Sewing 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

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.

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″.

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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.

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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


Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Templates list of colors for each cancer at bottom of these lists
What the colors of ribbons signify support for:

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
Burgundy: Multiple Myeloma
Silver Ribbons: Parkinson's Disease
Sky Blue Ribbons: Prostate Cancer
Teal Ribbons: Ovarian CancerWhite Ribbons: Bone Cancer


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

Extra: Red dresses for Heart Disease

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!