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Thread: medical conditions represented in fabric & ribbon colors

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    I am wanting to make a quilt using "diabetes" fabrics. Does anyone know of any? I tried a search, and got lots of things other than this.

    It got me thinking, this board would be a good place to list fabrics we had seen for different conditions (for example, there are numerous breast cancer fabrics, it would be good to have a place that lists the makers or sellers of any fabrics that we know about).

    For example:
    http://www.jandofabrics.com/products.asp?id=125

    I also wondered about the different ribbon colors. For example, the breast cancer ribbon is pink, yellow is to support the troops.

    I found this site that lists colors and meanings:
    http://www.trinitylondon.com/awarene...n-meanings.asp I see that gray is the color for diabetes.

    Can you think of any other category to add? Do you know of any sites to add as a link?

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    If you don't have any luck finding fabric that represents diabetics, perhaps you could do a quilt representing your journey, from not feeling well to diagnosis to management....
    I once saw an art quilt done by a woman that showed her experience from breast cancer diagnosis thru mastectomy to her life after.. Very emotional.

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    I have only seen breast and ovarian cancer fabrics, they have a ribbon color for every kind of cancer though.

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    But they don't have a fabric for every color... just pink, teal, red, purple, and maybe P&B still makes a yellow one.

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    I think that green ribbons are for organ transplant/donor awareness.

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    Autism awareness is represented by a multi-colored puzzle piece ribbon.

    http://www.zazzle.com/autism_awarene...20355071253555

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    One of my co-workers just told me that purple is for Lupus. Timeless Treasures has just come out with a new "ribbon" fabric that they offer both in pink and purple. Here's a picture of the purple colorway:

    http://www.favoritefabric.com/cgi/co...key=TTPRWORDPU

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    I was just looking through some of my old posts, and saw this one. I found what I was looking for - colors of ribbons for different illnesses.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awareness_ribbons

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    This is the material I am looking for also. Did you happen to come across any?

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    Take a look at www.spoonflower.com. I found "brain material" there.

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    Could I give a different perspective on the "cause" type fabrics & quilts? Unless someone requested one from me I would never make one. I am very active on a large breast cancer discussion board & many women there are, with good reason, vehemently anti Komen, pink ribbons & pink breast cancer awareness month. One woman commented after Christmas about getting all kinds of pink ribbon stuff for presents. Just what she wanted...to be constantly reminded, plus to be treated like all she is is a cancer patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    One of my co-workers just told me that purple is for Lupus. Timeless Treasures has just come out with a new "ribbon" fabric that they offer both in pink and purple. Here's a picture of the purple colorway:

    http://www.favoritefabric.com/cgi/co...key=TTPRWORDPU
    Fibromyalgia is also represented by purple ribbons

    wikipedia has a page that lists all the colors and what they are used to represent that may be very useful as well !

    They list Diabetes awareness as Grey or half grey half light blue !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    But they don't have a fabric for every color... just pink, teal, red, purple, and maybe P&B still makes a yellow one.

    Too expensive to produce for a limited audience. PURPLE represents all cancers, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
    Could I give a different perspective on the "cause" type fabrics & quilts? Unless someone requested one from me I would never make one. I am very active on a large breast cancer discussion board & many women there are, with good reason, vehemently anti Komen, pink ribbons & pink breast cancer awareness month. One woman commented after Christmas about getting all kinds of pink ribbon stuff for presents. Just what she wanted...to be constantly reminded, plus to be treated like all she is is a cancer patient.

    i happen to agree with you. While people mean well, I would not want to receive a bunch of "ribbons". I really hate the commercialisms of cancer esp breast cancer in October. I wonder what retailers spend on. " pink" check out bags, etc for a cause. Donate those funds directly to the research IMHO. I am "aware" of breast cancer. I have friends who have been diagnosed and/or died from it.

    i am guilty of making an breast cancer spa bag for someone. I machine embroidered designs on it meant to uplift and encourage. In retrospect.....I am not so sure that my well meaning gift was a positive gesture. The recipient, to this day, "Defines" her life around her diagnosis. Now I know that my gift has nothing to do with her general personal outlook but I also did not know her that well at that time (five years ago ) and I have since witnessed her negative outlook on what she had gone through. And really, life in general. She is cancer- free but has other health issues that also drag her down. She is also a vey private person. I secretly hope she threw my gift away.

    Know your recipient really well before you make/give them cancer related items and what their attitude toward such "celebrations" may be. My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
    Could I give a different perspective on the "cause" type fabrics & quilts? Unless someone requested one from me I would never make one. I am very active on a large breast cancer discussion board & many women there are, with good reason, vehemently anti Komen, pink ribbons & pink breast cancer awareness month.
    Same with pink ribbons on grocery items, football shoes, etc. My personal favorite was a few yrs ago when the Red Socks made Mothers' Day all about breast cancer. Very festive.

    There are "wear your disease on your car" people and those who are the opposite. So, unless I was making the quilt for a clinic, i'd want to be sure about my audience.

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    It's not just the "wear your disease on your car" thing. These charities spend most of their money on "awareness" but poor education as to what that means, and a very small percentage of that money going to research for a cure for metastatic breast cancer. The statistics on survival have barely budged for decades. Point of fact, most breast cancer is not found by screening mammograms. It is found by diagnostic mammograms on women who have found an abnormality themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
    It's not just the "wear your disease on your car" thing. These charities spend most of their money on "awareness" but poor education as to what that means, and a very small percentage of that money going to research for a cure for metastatic breast cancer.
    I wonder if anything is donated from the manufacturers making the "ribbon" collections.

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    Charlotte, even if a percentage is donated, the problem is what percentage of that total goes to research? I think everyone is "aware" by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
    Charlotte, even if a percentage is donated, the problem is what percentage of that total goes to research? I think everyone is "aware" by now.
    Well, that would explain why it's not cured after so much money is thrown at it. . Maybe the awareness idea, as translated into fabrics, stickers, etc, makes more sense for the lesser known diseases, not the ones thrown at you all the time. Although it escapes me why anyone with a serious illness would want a quilt about it for themselves or for family members. It hardly seems like a cheerful conversation starter. But there are others feeling differently.

    hugs,
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    This site doesn't have fabric but it is a list of what each color represents. Most of the colors represent many different diseases and/or social issues.

    http://www.disabled-world.com/disabi...ss/ribbons.php
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    I am in year 4 of breast cancer treatment and absolutely do not want any pink ribbons on anything. I know people mean well but like was posted above it is a constant reminder. So maybe find out how the intended recipient feels? Just my 2 cents.

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    i wonder how much the mills donate to the research/support foundations from each bolt.

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    Melanoma is Black.... And let me add my 2 cents... PLEASE wear your sunscreen and get checked by a Dermatologist annually!

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    That's what I was thinking about using 'illness' oriented fabric. While I hope I never get sick, if I do being constantly reminded of it would be just too much for me.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    This has touched on a sensitive subject for many. When my brother was going thru chemo for colon cancer I made him a lap quilt to represent Texas (where he lived). He fought a long hard battle and succumbed after five years. I know for a fact he would never have wanted to be reminded. I also have a grandson with Muscular Dystrophy and I would never make him anything that represents MD.
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