June 06, 2014

For Pinks Sakes!

Welcome to my stop on the For Pinks Sakes blog hop! Anna from Life Sew Crafty is hosting this hop to raise breast cancer awareness and to help raise funds to cover her mother-in-law's medical bills. Her mother-in law, Tina, is now cancer free, but the medical bills remain. If you would like to make a donation to help cover those bills, click here.
Image courtesy of http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts
While that statistic is quite scary, there has been good news too. According to the website nationalbreastcancer.org "In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options."

Anna has asked those of us participating in the hop to make a pink block to send to her. She'll be using all the blocks to make a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI, where Tina had her treatments. If you would like to make a pink block to send, all the information can be found here. Anna will be doing a giveaway on August 2nd for all those who have participated in some way (making a donation, making a block, hosting during the hop or reposting about the blog hop).

I kept changing my mind about what block I wanted to make, finally settling on this block, from the Sunburst Quilt designed by Lynne Goldsworthy for Dear Stella.
The block was super simple to make, though you may have noticed that I didn't pay quite enough attention to centering the circle on the star when I appliqued it on.

The block uses the stitch and flip method, which I like because it's so easy and accurate, but I find it wastes a lot of fabric. So I stitched another line 1/2" away from the line going corner-to-corner and made 8 bonus HST units.

Though tempted to make the HSTs into pinwheels, I decided to break out of that rut and make these hourglass blocks instead. They are actually both the same size, so I don't know why one looks bigger in the picture.
Check out the rest of the blocks made by the For Pinks Sakes participants:
May 10
May 24

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19
Sarah @ {no} hats in the house
Katie @ Snuggle Up with a Dish from Karma

Thanks for organizing the blog hop, Anna. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!


  1. Your block turned out great. Wonderful of you to be supporting such a great cause.

  2. Very cute blocks and a wonderful cause!

  3. My daughter and I were just talking about this cause today. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 after taking hormone replacement therapy for years after a hysterectomy at age 29. Usually, survivors take oral anti-estrogen therapy for a maximum of 5 years. I am still taking it. My oncologist hopes to stop it in the next year. I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. One of my good friends mother had breast cancer a few years ago. She just had very localized radiation. Even with my history my friend who was a nurse continues to take estrogen. She said she'd rather run the risk of breast cancer than have worse sweats than she already has. I am absolutely amazed at how little she does to take good care of herself. She lived out of state and didn't see what I had to endure with my cancer. Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful block for a wonderful cause.

  4. Thanks for participating in this hop. Very fun blocks for a wonderful cause.


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