Pinktober Blog Hop

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Brianna from Sew Cute and Quirky has organized Pinktober Blog Hop to honour breast cancer patients.

The main sponsor for the blog hop is Island Batik and I received the Positively Pink fabric stack (40 – 10″ squares), along with background fabric (Eggwhite) and binding fabric (Magenta). Isn’t it pretty?

Two other Sponsors for Pinktober Blog Hop are Quilter’s Perfect KLIP it and Aurifil Thread # 2423 (baby pink). I received these in the mail in August!

After pressing all of the 10″ squares, I paired them up and sewed them into half-square triangles. Here they are cut in half.

I paired the Half-Square triangles (HST) with either a background square or another HST, then trimmed them to 8 1/2″.

The Klips were used to keep groups of HST together and to hold the edges when webbing the quilt.

I used Aurifil # 2423 (baby pink) for the quilting and #2460 Dark Carmine Red for the binding.

I used the Silly Moon 6″ Cupid ruler for most of the quilting … there were a few spots where the smaller Cupids were used.

The Klips were also used for holding the binding in place. These Klips are a great size and work well for this. With 2 packages of Klips, I was able to hold all of the quilt binding in place before I started sewing it down!

Here is the completed quilt!

My Story

So, why did I volunteer to make a quilt for breast cancer?

First, my mother-in-law, who died before I met my husband lived in an area with very little health information. She had breast cancer, but did not visit the doctor until it was too late. So sad!

Second, in my nursing class of 55 graduates, 3 have died from different forms breast cancer. That’s a lot, considering that, as far as I know, there have been no other deaths.

I was anticipating that this quilt will provide comfort to someone who is struggling with breast cancer! I had no idea who it would go to.

My husband and I recently went on a week-long camping trip to Vancouver Island. Just before we left, I put the quilt in the camper. While on the island, we connected with some dear friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time. As we were chatting, M. mentioned that her daughter discovered a lump in her breast and ended up having a double mastectomy. The daughter is in her 40s and lives in Ontario. Unfortunately, the Ontario government decided to save money and not do screening mammograms until women are over 50. This lump would have been found sooner if they had not changed their policy! Consequently, following the double mastectomy, and later a hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation were part of the treatment. The daughter is not considered cancer free at the moment. With near tears in my eyes, my hubby got the quilt out of the camper and it is now on it’s way to the daughter in Ontario! Some may call this a coincidence, but I firmly believe that it was a God-incidence! It was definitely meant to be!

Here’s a picture of the parents with the quilt!


Island Batik, Quilter’s Perfect Klip, and Aurifil Thread

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 66.5″ x 66.5″
  • Fabric Used: Island Batik Positively Pink with Eggwhite (Island Batik basic) and Magenta (Island Batik basic) Backing: “Fit for a Queen” pink flannel
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Thread: Piecing: Aurifil #2600 (Dove Grey); Quilting: Aurifil #2423 (Baby Pink); and binding: Aurifil #2460 (Dark Carmine Red)

The Pinktober Blog Hop Participants

DateWhoCollectionWhere to find them
Monday, October 3Jennifer ThomasPositively Pink
Tuesday, October 4Lisa PickeringHope and
Thursday, October 6thMaryellen McAuliffePositively Pink
Monday, October 10Emily LeachmanPositively Pink
Tuesday, October 11Jane HauprichPositively
Wednesday, October 12Marlene OddiePositively
Thursday, October 13Gail SheppardPositively Pink

Friday , October 14
Jerry StubeHope and Heart
Monday, October 17Brianna RobertsHope And Heart
Tuesday, October 18Terri Vanden-BoschHope And Heart
Wednesday, October 19Mania HatziioannidiHope And
Thursday, October 20Laura PilandHope And Heart

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

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  3. Gail, we both know there are no coincidences. It was definitely a God-incidence moment. I’m so glad you had that quilt with you. I know your friend appreciates it so much, as will her daughter. Praying that she will be considered cancer-free soon. It’s a beautiful quilt.

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    • Hi Dorothy,
      I have made a similar pattern before – and it is my own design … now, you have me thinking … I should write a pattern for it! Thank you for the suggestion!


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