The quilts of the Women's Cancer Program
  • "The Pink Ribbon," 2003, Charlene Hughes

    Charlene Hughes and her quilter's group in Honolulu made a pink ribbon quilt for Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle after she underwent a biopsy for a breast lump. This wall hanging, created with Hawaiian and hand-dyed fabrics in 2003, uses extra blocks from the quilt made for Gov. Lingle. It represents support for all women who face possible breast cancer.

  • "Window of Hope," 2003, Eunice Hill

    The 'Window of Hope' quilt created by Eunice Hill in 2003 gives the impression of a stained glass window. The artist appliqued the quilt, starting with a whole piece of black cloth and cutting it to reveal the colors that create the design. The totally black surface that is the base of the design is a reminder of all that is unknown to the patient after a cancer diagnosis. The completed quilt, with butterflies, flowers and ribbons, reflects optimism and hope for the future.

  • "Women and Their Journeys: Personal Expressions," 1997 and 1998

    'Women and Their Journeys: Personal Expressions' is the name of two similar quilts created in 1997 and 1998 to commemorate women with breast cancer and to increase breast cancer awareness. Each quilt consists of 40 blocks, with pink ribbon garlands embellishing each corner. The heart blocks celebrate women whose journeys after the diagnosis of breast cancer are remembered by the quilters. More than 120 women participated in the project. Quilters Sharon Sandberg and Rosie Seegmiller guided the design and quilting of the pattern 'Sweet Sixteen' from the book 'Sisters and Quilts: Threads That Bind,' by Ann Seely and Joyce Stewart, used with the designers' permission.

  • "Colors of Courage," 2002, Eunice Hill

    This 'Colors of Courage' quilt, created in 2002 by Eunice Hill, includes the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness and the star shape, which alludes to the heroism of women continuing their lives despite cancer. The design echoes the U.S. postal stamp created to support breast cancer research. The woman is Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. 'Athena is a statement that research is powerful — a very strong arrow to have in your quiver,' Hill explained. The butterfly symbolizes the metamorphosis of life, the heart represents love and the daisy symbolizes innocence, purity and gentle beauty.

  • "Facing New Beginnings," 2001, Eunice Hill

    Created by Eunice Hill in 2001, the 'Facing New Beginnings' quilt is dominated by two flowers. The bright flower represents a young woman and the dark flower represents a mature woman, signifying how breast cancer affects both young and old. The pink ribbon dominates the design. A flask and a test tube represent research. Spiral structures in the lower right corner depict cell growth. Stylized arms suggest someone bending to give care. Fractured borders signify rebuilding hope and re-establishing life. Together, these symbols affirm that research, awareness and humanity enable women to flourish despite a cancer diagnosis.

  • "Nepenthe," 2000, Eunice Hill

    'Nepenthe,' created by Eunice Hill in 2000, means 'a potion that provides forgetfulness of pain and sorrow.' It portrays the phoenix rising from the ashes to depict letting go of sorrow. The design was inspired by a photograph showing the regrowth of the land around Mount St. Helens a few years after the massive destruction caused by the 1980 volcanic eruption. Hill used bright colors and various symbols and techniques to evoke a feeling of hopefulness and new life after a cancer diagnosis.

  • "Suspensions," 1999, Eunice Hill

    'Suspensions,' a quilt created by Eunice Hill in 1999, symbolizes how people diagnosed with cancer enter a new world. The bridge emphasizes the sense of being suspended over very deep water, which depicts the unknown. This quilt recognizes that the time after a cancer diagnosis is not an easy period of life. The far edge of the bridge is clouded in fog — the outcome is not revealed at this time. The bridge extends into the borders of the design, signifying life as a continuing journey.

  • "Great Hat," 1998, Eunice Hill

    'Great Hat,' a quilt created by Eunice Hill in 1998, highlights personal beauty in the face of physical changes. The hats represent the impact of the side effects of cancer treatment on both the physical and mental aspects of the lives of women with cancer. The variety in these hats portrays the unique and creative ways that women overcome these side effects.