Quilt Pink Day – Sew A Block For Breast Cancer

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Quilt Pink

September 30th is Quilt Pink Day across the country!.

Hundreds of quilt shops are sponsoring special activities that day. I’ve seen everything from a potluck lunch to a pajama party. You can help make this special day a success by finding a local participating quilt shop. They are listed on the Quilt Pink Day web site. Choose your state and a list will pop up for you with all of the quilt shops participating. Plan to visit the shop on September 30, maybe bring a friend and make a pink and white quilt block. Each shop will have the specifics on what size blocks they’ll be making. The blocks will be stitched to those created by other quilters and sent as finished quilts to American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine® for an online auction in Spring 2007. The net proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation

Quilt Pink Sweepstakes

Quilt Pink Contest

American Patchwork & Quilting is also holding a sweepstakes in conjunction with Quilt Pink Day. You can enter online to win one of three prize packages worth over $1500. There are some great prizes. I’d love to win books from C&T Publishing, fabric from Moda and a sewing machine from Husqvarna/Viking. I’ve got my entry in. You need to enter by October 15, 2006.

Quilt Pink Day doesn’t just happen. Thank your local quilt shop owner for hosting the event in her store and please support the sponsors who help make this special project a success.

Moda Fabrics

Husqvarna / Viking

Fiskars

The Fabric Shop Network

Ott-Lite

C&T Publishing

Horn of America

Robison-Anton

I’m pretty lucky, there’s a shop about 30 miles from my home that is sponsoring an event. If you don’t have a Quilt Pink Day participating shop in your area, you’ll find a link to a pattern here and in the Free Stuff section to make your own Quilt Pink Day quilt. It's called Quilt Pink Squares Lap Quilt.

I have the squares for mine already cut out. I used lots of different 1930s pink reproduction prints. It would be beautiful in a variety pink batiks! I encourage you to donate a quilt to a nearby breast cancer group. I had so much fun cutting out the squares that I’m going to make a second one to keep for myself. You can order a packet of 200 - 4" Pink 1930s reproduction print squares in the Online Store. You'll find it in the Fabric Bundles section.

American Patchwork & Quilting has a quilt pattern suggested for a Quilt Pink Day quilt. You can download the pattern here for Radiant Ripples.

The Susan G. Koman Foundation Gift Shop

has a wonderful selection of Pink Ribbon items for sale. Most of us have already started our Christmas shiopping. I love the pink polka-dot coffee mug! Your purchase helps support research, education, treatment & screening programs worldwide.

We need to do all we can to help fight breast cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers.

And finally, be sure to read the information in Breast Health Basics

for the latest information on breast health. What you learn may be the thing that makes a difference in the early detection of breast cancer for a friend, loved one or yourself. Do your monthly self-exams and have a mammogram yearly if you’re over the age of 40. I go for mine next week!

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