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#SewPINK Blog Hop

At Fat Quarter Shop we believe giving back is important. So when the team at ByAnnie asked us to join them in raising awareness for breast cancer screening, we jumped at the chance. We’re excited to get the #SewPink Initiative Blog Hop started!

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For the month of October, we’re sharing our Healing Hearts Quilt pattern to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a pattern we wrote years ago and released for a limited time, and now we’ve brought it back as a permanent free pattern. The quilting community is incredibly caring and generous, and we live our values when it comes to helping others. Chains of hearts represent the care and support we hope to bring to those who are affected by breast cancer. Read on to see the cute project we created with the pattern.

Download the Healing Hearts Quilt Pattern Free PDF

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You can make an impact by joining us in supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation who provides early detection, education, and support services. Please donate any amount you choose for the use of this pattern. No amount is too small, and every bit makes a difference. From today through Sunday, October 31, 2021, we encourage you to donate. 100% of donations will go directly to NBCF.

Update on December 16, 2021: We are so extremely excited to announce that through our fundraising efforts for NBCF, partnering with ByAnnie with support from the SewPink initiative, we have raised $14,265! 

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women, and unfortunately, many of us know someone or have ourselves been affected by this disease. The good news is we can do something about it because breast cancer is detectable with monthly breast self-exams and mammograms.

The number 40 might help you remember how important this is. According to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” In addition, if you are 40 years or older or have certain risk factors, it’s recommended to get a mammogram every year (or go by the schedule prescribed by your doctor).

If you’re due for a screening and have put it off, here’s your reminder to get your breasts checked. (And encourage your girl friends, mothers, sisters, daughters to do the same!) Think of the peace of mind you will gain from knowing you’re taking an important step for your health, for you and the people who love you.

The Healing Hearts Pillow

These quilt blocks were too cute not to use on some pillows, so that’s just what we did! Quilty Staffer Angel made some pillows from the Healing Hearts block pattern, and we’re smitten.

The pillow is made from the Sincerely Yours collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics.

Turning the block into a pillow is simple. To make an 18″ pillow, she added a 2″ strip on all sides of the quilt block to bring the size to 18.5″ unfinished.

She gave that to a longarm quilter who placed a layer of Soft and Stable by ByAnnie on the the back. The light padding makes the stitches pop and gives it some extra body. Soft and Stable is nice for pillows and bags, and for sewn items that need structure.

Angel secured the pillow back with an envelope closure and some cute button details. She bound the pillow case like a quilt, and voila! An 18″ x 18″ Crafter’s Choice Basic Pillow Form by Fairfield completes the project. If you want to try this yourself, you might like this video tutorial where Kimberly shows how to make a pillow case like this.

This would make a sweet gift, don’t you think?

It’s Giveaway Time!

We have a special prize for you, lovely blog visitor. You can win a $150 Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate! Enter your email or sign in with Facebook to get started, and earn entries by completing the actions below! The giveaway ends on Sunday, October 31 at 11:59 PM CST. The winner will be notified by email. Good luck!

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Blog Hop 2021 Schedule

Don’t forget to visit the other sew-lebrities participating to see what they’re sharing each day of the blog hop.

Oct. 1 (Fri): Fat Quarter Shop – The Jolly Jabber (you’re here!)
Oct. 2 (Sat): Sallie Tomato
Oct. 4 (Mon): Hugs ‘N Kisses
Oct. 6 (Wed): Sewfinity
Oct. 11 (Mon): Beyond the Reef
Oct. 13 (Wed): Great Heron Thread Co.
Oct. 15 (Fri): Love You Sew
Oct. 15 (Fri): Emmaline Bags
Oct. 16 (Sat): Meadow Mist Designs
Oct. 18 (Mon): OklaRoots
Oct. 20 (Wed): Suzn Quilts
Oct. 22 (Fri): Knot and Thread Design
Oct. 23 (Sat): Knot and Thread Design
Oct. 25 (Mon): The Littlest Thistle
Oct. 27 (Thur): Mister Domestic
Oct. 27 (Wed): Sookie Sews

Share with #SewPINK

The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer. 

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit: https://www.ByAnnie.com/SewPINK
To find screenings available near you: 

In addition to participating in #SewPINK, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000. To find the Fat Quarter Shop fundraiser visit: https://fundraise.nbcf.org/FatQuarterShop

Happy Quilting!

UPDATE: We surpassed our goal of $10,000. Thanks to your generosity and the support and awareness raised by ByAnnie, we raised $7,290. Fat Quarter Shop donated $7,000 for a grand total of $14,290.

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    1. I absolutely love how much Fat Quarter Shop gives throughout the year. If we all give just a little think of the impact we can make in the lives of others. I am second! 💕💗

  1. This is such a worthwhile cause that I fully support! Thank you for the beautiful free heart quilt pattern!

  2. I am always touched by your charity and sense of community. Thank you once again for reaching out to help those in need.

  3. Love this pattern – it’s double-use. Breast Cancer Awareness month (save the tatas ladies!) and Valentine’s day. Adding this to my list for early 2022.

  4. This is such a cute pattern! Thank you for making it available and for such a worthy cause.

  5. What a great pattern. I did Stitch Pink last year and didn’t want to repeat. I was looking for something to do this year. Thank you! I love By Annie products.

  6. My daughter-in-law is a survivor and I am so grateful! I love all you do to help support the cause;o)

  7. FQS- you always are sew generous with your free patterns! I sew appreciate💕. Much thanks! Brenda

  8. I love the option of making a pillow and it warms my heart that we can come together and do this for a great cause. Thankyou for always offering these great projects.

  9. Thank you so much for your generosity in raising the awareness of cancer as if affects so many people. Sincerely Yours is such a nice collection to use for this.

  10. Such a cute pattern and for such a great cause. I’m sure all of us personally know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Anything we can do will help.

  11. A fun blog hop for a good cause. How fun to team up with ByAnnie, companies run by strong women and an inspiration to our creative hearts. 💖

  12. I love everything about Fat Quarter Shop, especially the way you find ways to support causes and let quilters also give to causes.Thank you

  13. Thank you so very much for this very thoughtful way to bring awareness to Breast Cancer during the month of October! I love the Healing Heart Quilt Pattern and pillow that was shared today by the Fat Quarter Shop!

    1. I love this heart quilt and pillow. Looking forward to seeing all the projects on the blog hop. Thank you

  14. Ohhh I can’t wait to see the finished heart cross stitch chart sal coming up! ♥️

  15. I am a breast cancer survivor and I thank everyone for your support to this worthwhile cause. Words aren’t enough to express how important support is to someone going through this disease.

  16. The pillow is absolutely beautiful 😍 ❤
    Thank you FQS for supporting and leading all to give.

  17. I’m all ready to sew up this totally adorable pillow. I was waiting for this new line to arrive, but I’m sure I’ve got appropriate fabric in my stash, uh, I mean in my finely curated fabric collection!

  18. I’m in pillow mode and this makes a lovely pillow from a pretty block. Thank you and thank you for all you d

  19. Love this – FQS is so great to support causes we all have been touched by. Quilt and pillow are lovely in this fabric

  20. As a “newbie” breast cancer survivor, I appreciate the donations and the beautiful patterns! The pillows are at the top of my to do list.

  21. Thank you for your generosity! I was 38 with Breast Cancer my daughter this year 31 with Breast Cancer. Love FQS! Thank you for all that you do. It’s not all pink bows. 💕

  22. I love the way you, your husband, and your store are so giving to others! You really set a good example for others!

  23. As someone who had emergency breast surgery I’m always happy to see anyone bring attention to breast health, no matter what time of year.

  24. I wasn’t ready to #SewPINK last year, but this year I am. Thank you for supporting the fighter, honoring the taken, and standing with the fighter.

  25. What a fun pattern. My mother survived two bouts of breast cancer in her life. I get my mammogram every year.

  26. Like the idea of using Soft & Stable for quilting the pillow instead of just batting. It would provide great structure for the pillow.

  27. Thank you for the pattern! I just lost a cousin last month to breast cancer and her Mom over 20 years ago from the same thing. It’s important to spread awareness on the subject. Thanks Fat Quarter Shop!

  28. Thank you for your generosity and the great pattern! I lost my BFF 10 years ago to metastatic breast cancer, so this is means a great deal to me.

  29. Kimberly, your family and the entire Fat Quarter Family are such giving and generous people. We so lucky to have you in our quilty world.

  30. I have a history of breast cancer in my family with both my mom and maternal grandmother, so I truly support yearly screening for anyone over 40 and breast cancer research!

  31. The quilt pattern is lovely and the pillow case, with heard button closure, is really cute.

  32. I love this pattern! I definitely want to make one of these. Since I have several family members who have been affected by breast cancer, this is a charity that is near & dear to my heart.

  33. LOVE PINK. I wanted to make the October quilt last year but it was a bit much for me to do a block a day. The pillow case is about my speed right now!!

  34. I have both family members and friends who are battling this disease. Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for all the good that you do! 💗

  35. This is so cute. I ws lookimg for a quick project to put together for a raffle basket for Breast Cancer. The pillow is perfect to add with a mug, hot chocolate mix, and a cookie mix!

  36. Thank you for reminding women to get their screenings. I am a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 46 with no family history and I’m very fortunate my cancer was found early on a mammogram. Cute pattern!

  37. Thanks for support Breast Cancer awareness. Love the Fat Quarter shop and ByAnnie!

  38. What a great pattern!! Thank you FQS for sharing and for all you do to help keep us stitching.

  39. I have not been to the blog before. I had my mammogram this month. I hope everyone does.

  40. The pattern is adorable. I really like how the pillow was constructed – a great quick project. Thank you for both.

  41. Such a great cause! I lists good friend to breast cancer. And I know survivors. Screening is important!

  42. I love Fat Quarter Shop and ByAnnie! Thank you for this pattern. I love it and will be making a pillow!

  43. Thanks for the cute pattern and all of your efforts put forth to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

  44. As someone who has recently been through treatment for breast cancer I appreciate what you are doing to raise awareness to this disease.

  45. What a wonderful pattern. Going to make a pillow for my sister in law who has survived 2 different kinds of breast cancer.

  46. Thank you FQS for all the money you raise for charity. And for the darling free pattern.

  47. I love this pattern and the pillow. I have a coworker battling breast cancer for the second time in three years.

  48. Your efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer should be applauded. Too many lives are lost ever year to this horrible disease.

  49. My mom is a breast cancer survivor and I’ve been wanting to make her something, this is perfect. Thank you!

  50. Thank you Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop for being such a community minded generous company. you make the world a better place.

  51. What a beautiful quilt and a great cause. I love how generous and caring quilters are!

  52. Love the Healing Hearts Pattern! Sincerely Yours fabric is perfect! Thank you for sharing and supporting this great cause.

  53. Cute pattern. I’ve used and love soft and stable. I’ve not used it for a pillow and will give it a try!

  54. What a great pattern for a great cause. My best friend was diagnosed 10+ years ago and has been cancer free since.

  55. Thank you for your generosity! I lost a sister to cancer and I appreciate everything you do to support the cause!

  56. Such a terrific reminder, thanks for all you do. I stitch pink once a year and my guild has an auction to benefit Bosom Buddies.

  57. Thank you for the adorable pattern! I will definitely be making one. My sister-in-law is a breast cancer survivor going on 5 years now, so this cause is very dear to my heart.

  58. I love that fat quarter shop jumps in on all kinds of charities. Thank you for all you do!

  59. Such a great cause! Thank you for your charity work…I think it is awesome all that you do for others.

  60. The block makes such a cute pillow! I’ll make that even if I don’t make the whole quilt.

  61. What a wonderful way to spread this important message! Thanks to all the companies involved!

  62. This is a good wake-up call for me. I’m overdue for my mammogram and have just kept putting it off. I’m going to phone for my appointment today!

  63. A great fund-raiser for a very worthy cause. The pillow is a must for me! Thanks for sharing!💗

  64. Love hearts and this one is especially great. Thank you for all the patterns and fun raisers you help with.

  65. What a fun idea for breast cancer awareness! Fat Quarter Shop is the best… I just ordered yardage today, thank you!

  66. Thank you Kimberly and team at FQS for always being so generous in your free patterns and tutorials etc. The thing that keeps me returning is the fabulous customer service, super selection but your credo of helping others. Cancer, cancer , cancer… the horrible thing that touches either yourself or someone you love. It holds a special place in my heart the generosity. May you continue to bless others as you have been blessed with such talent.

  67. Thank you so much for the pattern, sending hope to all breast cancer patients and survivors

  68. What a beautiful pattern and wonderful cause. Thank you for raising awareness and funds. 💜

  69. This pillow is sooo cute and a wonderful way to celebrate all the women out there who are battling or who have battled and won. While my mother had uterine cancer and not breast cancer, I am well aware that we should take nothing for granted. Thank you again for all you do.

  70. I am sure there are very few if anyone who hasn’t been affected by Breast cancer. So many Mom’s , Aunt’s , Sister’s and Best Friends. Bless all those who fight for a cure!!!

  71. Such a wonderful pattern. I plan to make one for my friend who has beat breast cancer. It has been 20yrs!!

  72. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I just made the pillow yesterday that I am giving to my cousin today as my Aunt was diagnosed only 3 weeks ago with an aggressive form of cancer in her lungs which has now spread throughout her body. I would like to brighten my cousin’s day – even for only a few moments – with this gesture and that I am thinking about her and her mother.

  73. What a lovely sew along for breast cancer awareness month. I actually work for a breast cancer Doctor and I’m making this quilt that he will hang in his office. I’m so grateful that he picked me to make this for his office. ❤️ Thank you for doing this Kimberly @Fat Quarter Shop

  74. Adorable pillow – I plan to make one for my neighbor who is a breast cancer survivor!

  75. Thank you for this adorable pattern! You have built an fabulous company and I hope that you and your team truly know how special you are!

  76. Love the pattern, the fabrics, the chance at a generous give away and most of all your donation to a beautiful cause. Love to all participants!

  77. I love the pillows! The quilt pattern looks easy to do for a beginner, which I am lol.

    thank you for the pattern!

  78. Love the quilt pattern and the pillow pattern. Fat Quarter Shop you guys are so amazing for all the different charities you support! You all are so giving and caring.

  79. just finished watching how Kimberly does the backing of her pillow and use soft and stable which is good to know because I have always used batting so I am glad to know there is another option. Will definately add button to the back of pillows. Really gives a different look! Thanks for the show and tell!

  80. So glad you are participating in this fundraiser. I worked for my local Cancer treatment center for 28 years. I donate to our ACS yearly. Would love to make pillows and donate to our cancer center.

  81. I am a beginner quilter. I have not made a FQS pattern yet, but i think one would be an easy one to handle. Thanks for the great YouTube video! I heard about this blog on your video. I will definitely have to spend some time here, too!

  82. I will be trying this pattern to make some super cute pillow gifts for Christmas. Thank you!

  83. Two of my cousins had breast cancer and had mastectomies. We get to donate to a great cause and get to make a beautiful quilt to boot!! Thank-you

  84. I love the symbolism of the chains of hearts in this quilt pattern. Thanks so much for sharing it! And thanks for supporting breast cancer awareness.

  85. So fun! I see many hours of fun in my future 🙂 your block stars and hearts!!!!!!! What’s not to love… Making dozens of these very soon!!!

  86. Love the pattern. This charity is close to my heart as I lost my sista from another mister almost 10 years ago to breast cancer.
    I’ll be incorporating the block into the bed jackets, lap quilts and other comfort items I make for different cancer centers and charities.
    Thank you for everything you do.

  87. I love this quilt pattern. The pillow would be an awesome to do for a family friend who has breast cancer and who’s going through treatments right now. I’ll have to stitch that up. Thank you as always FQS.

  88. I LOVE the FQS and all of the sewalongs that Kimberly offers. I have made several patterns & belong to the sew sampler club.

  89. Thank you FQS for promoting awareness and participating in this fundraising event. Another fabulous free quilt and pillow pattern!

  90. Oh, the Pandemonium strikes again on timing re:StitchPink. Enjoying all your content. May I cone hold your cue cards while your eye recovers? Your staff loves you, too, and we all want to make your journey easier.

  91. What a wonderful combination that your pattern Healing Hearts and Sherri and Chelsi’s fabric Sincerely Yours makes. Very inspiring!

  92. I love the pattern–especially the pillow. Thank you for the free pattern and the giveaway.

  93. thank you for helping raise awareness of this deadly disease. I’ve lost too many friends to this pernicious killer.

  94. Not only do I love this pattern my grandma would have too, she passed almost a decade ago and I still miss her every day! Thank you for reminding people to get their mammograms.

  95. Such an amazing way to give strength and care when at times all seems lost. This is comfort one can truly count on. Love this!!!

  96. I lost my best friend to metastatic breast cancer 10 years ago this December. Thanks to everyone for helping support the fight for these patients and survivors.

  97. Love how Fat Quarter Shop participates in some of the best charity events as well as how much they donate on their own and their dedication to helping others. A beautiful company!

  98. I can’t wait to make this pattern. It is gorgeous!! I know just the breast cancer survivor that I will be giving it to. I believe I will have to make a few of these quilts because I have many friends that have survived breast cancer and/or are going through treatment right now. Thank you Kimberly & the Fat Quarter Shop. You all are an inspiration and very giving to so many charities!!

  99. Thank you for re-issuing this charming pattern. I love the Sincerely Yours fabric line, and this is perfect for it!