Saturday, February 27, 2021

Cancer Ribbon Quilt Block Tutorial


Happy Weekend!

I thought I'd get this next National Day quilt block posted, in an effort to get back on track and get some momentum going. This one was way easier to dice up compared to the black bear block. So here it is, for National Cancer Survivors Day, which is on June 6th.



I feel like this block could be useful for so many things. Of course for survivors' quilts, or even quilt labels for those quilts made for friends going through cancer treatments.. plus, blue ribbons have always been a symbol of high quality or what you get when you win first place, yellow ribbons can symbolize wanting to bring someone home safely.. (tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree) ..there are so many meanings to ribbons, the possibilities for this block are endless.

I made my ribbon this color because it's the color of Hodgkin's Lymphoma awareness. I'm a survivor of Hodgkin's Disease, diagnosed on my 19th birthday, in stage 3A (of 4 stages). I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in my chest and was lucky it hadn't spread to my bone marrow. After 8 mo. of chemo (every two weeks), and then 4 weeks of radiation, my treatments were done and I've been cancer free ever since. Except for that whole skin thing last year-grr.. Anyway, I wouldn't wish it on anyone EVER, and Dr. appts and routine tests still make me extremely anxious, but at the same time, it absolutely changed my life forever, and I can't imagine what my life would've been like if it hadn't happened. I could probably write for days about it, but that's enough for now! What ribbon colors have special meaning for you? This block can be made in any color to signify anything, really. 

This is how it goes together. It uses just two colors, and just like the other blocks, it's extremely scrap friendly.




Fabric A (background):
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(2) 1 3/4 x 2 1/2"
(2) 2 1/4 x 2 1/2"
(1) 2 1/4 x 4 1/2"
(2) 2 1/2" sq.
(2) 3 x 4 3/4"


Fabric B (ribbon):
(2) 1 1/4" sq.
(2) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(2) 1 3/4 x 2"
(2) 2 1/2 x 3 1/4"





Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.





-Using above method, (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric A and 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, (2) 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric B and 2 1/4 x 4 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Left Lower/Right Upper Double

1. Place a square at the left end or lower left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or upper right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.







-Using above method, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-left lower corner, 1" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 1 3/4 x 2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-left lower corner, 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-right upper corner, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/4" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Left Upper/Right Lower Double

1. Place a square at the left end or upper left corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or lower right corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from right upper corner to left lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.






-Using above method, 1" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 1/4" sq. of Fabric A-right lower corner, and 1 3/4 x 2" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

-Using same method, 2 1/2" sq. of Fabric A-left upper corner, 1 3/4" sq. of Fabric A-right lower corner, and 2 1/2 x 3 1/4" rect. of Fabric B-long edge at the top, make one unit.

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Using scant quarter inch seams, assemble your ribbon block as shown below. It should measure 8 1/2" at this point. (8" when finished in quilt)



And that's it for this ribbon block! If you make any, come show me! I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you post on social media, tag me so I can see, in any of these places:


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE* if you're looking for any of the other blocks. Thanks for popping in again! Hope you're having a great weekend! I'll try to be back soon with another block.

Happy Stitching!

xoxo
 


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