October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside to raise awareness of the disease and funds to help eliminate it. Pink has been designated as the color associated with this effort. You’re sure to see campaigns, such as Real Men Wear Pink through the American Cancer Society, to help with the efforts. At AccuQuilt, we know there are so many causes that are important to our customers, so today we're going to cover some ways you can customize a memory quilt to honor someone special.
Ribbons and Colors
First up, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention our GO! Awareness Ribbon (55355) die which makes cutting this difficult shape easier than ever. We'll explain why we talking about pink in October in a bit, but first, we want to mention some of the many colors you can use to symbolize various efforts. There are many more, but here are a few:
- Pink = Breast Cancer
- Red = Heart Disease
- Blue = Ovarian Cancer
- Yellow = Support Our Troops
- Purple = Alzheimer's
- Lavender = All Cancer
Honoring Our Own Family
Many of you may recognize Pam Heller, our AccuQuilt Cutting Expert (A.C.E.), but you probably don’t know that she’s a proud breast cancer survivor. We’re looking forward to celebrating her being cancer free for 5 years in 2021! Karen Crotty is our Distribution Manager, who wears pink for 31 days in a row each October in memory of both grandmothers that she lost to the disease and in honor of her mother who was a survivor.
If you’re looking for a memory quilt or project to commemorate your own battle, a friend or loved one, or as a donation, take a look at our GO! Pink Ribbon Awareness Quilt (PQ10319). It's easily customizable to whatever color for your specific cause and offers plenty of opportunity to embroider or add personalization.
The GO! Awareness Ribbon (55355) includes free downloadable embroidery in 3 different stitches – satin, blanket and motif.
If you’re looking for a smaller project, check out our GO! Pink Ribbon Table Runner (PQ10191). This would be a quick weekend project to brighten someone’s day, and you can personalize it with embroidering a message around the border.
If you would rather do piecing than applique, check our GO! Qube 12” Pieced Heart Quilt (PQ10702). This modern quilt finishes at 60½” x 69½” and would be a great way to wrap someone in love.
If these projects haven’t inspired you, look at GO! Quilt, our digital design tool. You’ll find it in the upper righthand corner on AccuQuilt.com. It has hundreds of free patterns you can customize with your own color choices, a wide variety of fabric collections or even your own stash! You can also look at AccuQuilt.com for projects where you could add an awareness ribbon applique to personalize it.
Maybe you know someone who is currently undergoing treatment? Think about making a tote bag for them, like the GO! Daisy’s Tote (PQ11021), and filling it with fun and useful items like tea bags, tissues, magazines, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc. This would also make a great donation item for a fundraising auction.
Remember, any of these patterns and ideas can easily be translated to support awareness of other forms of cancer by changing the color and fabric selection.