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About the Quilt Project

Historically, the Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project at MD Anderson was established to educate the public about the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer through the artistry of quilting. Catherine Ellison designed the beautiful teal ribbon quilt block. The project raised awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of this disease.

Since 2002, quilters from MD Anderson’s Ovarian Cancer Support Group and the community have donated blocks to make quilts which are displayed each year at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. All who have been touched by ovarian cancer, including survivors, family members and friends, have been invited to contribute a block. Quilters and quilt shops from across the country and local quilt guilds have created and donated hundreds of quilt blocks and entire quilts.

With the growth of the quilt project, an online quilt auction was launched in 2008. Due to the success of the first online quilt auction, which featured 68 quilts and raised $11,440, a second online quilt auction was hosted in October of 2009 which featured 107 quilts and raised $25,120.  As of 2011, the online quilt auction is held every other year.

The next quilt project's online auction is scheduled for October 21-November 4, 2015 and will be raising awareness and research funds for ovarian cancer.

Raising Awareness

We are happy to loan awareness quilts to groups in the community who want to educate women about ovarian cancer and other gynecological cancers. Please contact the Community Relations office in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at 713-792-2765, or e-mail us at

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