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Feb 26, 2013

Book Review: Sew Red | Sewing & Quilting for Women's Heart Health

Feb 26, 2013
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Did I ever mention my favorite color is red?  And that I used to work in health research and policy at the local Children's Hospital before my boys came along?  When Jimmy Beans Wool contacted me asking if I would interested in reviewing the new book Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women's Heart Health, I jumped at the chance.  I think it is a fantastic idea to combine our favorite hobby with health education and health awareness.  Laura Zander has compiled this book as a follow up to Knit Red, with the Stitch Red initiative.

sew red book projects
Sew Red aims to spread awareness of the importance of women's heart health one stitch at a time.  The book has a wonderful collection of 27 projects - each one from a leading designer in the sewing and quilting industry - beautifully sewn in RED.  Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Aneela Hoey, Patty Young and Vanessa Christensen to name a few.

This project summary page is at the front of the book.  I wish all pattern books would do this.  It's a visual collection of all the projects in the book.  Eye candy - and so easy to see what projects appeal to you at a glance.  With 27 to choose from, I found quite a few.  Of course, I am drawn to the quilts, but the garments look so fun too!
project list Sew Red book
Each pattern is accompanied by notes from the designer either sharing how heart disease has touched their life or their favorite tip for living a heart healthy lifestyle.
Share what you learn with a woman who's important to you by sewing up one of the beautiful designs in this book and giving it as a gift along with a note letting her know how much she means to you and asking her to take steps to take better care of herself.                             --From the Forward by Deborah Norville
This book concludes with heart disease facts, exercise recommendations and even 15 recipes for heart healthy cooking.  Talk about all inclusive!
sew red project collage
Overall, Sew Red looks to be a nice compilation of sewing and quilting projects - all beginner to intermediate in skill level.  It has a great line up of today's top designers and communicates an important message.

Pros:
  • 27 projects
  • advanced beginner to intermediate skill level
  • broad range of projects - quilts, garments, bags, pillows, etc.
  • contributions from today's top designers
  • heart health tips, facts, recipes, etc.
Cons:
  • if you don't like red, you may be overwhelmed by this bold and sexy color  :)
If you'd like to pick up a copy, you can find it here.

Disclosure:  Jimmy Bean's Wool provided a copy of Sew Red for this review.
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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the sneak preview. I see a few things that I like in there especially the tips to prevent heart disease.

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  2. Thanks for the informative review. I love a good review to help me decide on books.

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  3. The book looks great! Love that pillow!

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  4. Thanks for reviewing this. I lost my mom to sudden cardiac arrest, so the issue of women's heart health is important to me.

    The photographic project index is so helpful! How many times have you wondered whether a specific project you were looking for was in the book you'd just picked up, and had to leaf through the entire thing to find out?

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  5. I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble the other day, and I wanted to flip through it but my 18 month old ran away! I definitely want to go back and check it out because the projects look amazing, and I love projects with bold colors :)

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  6. Has anyone tried any of the patterns in the book? I tried the ditty bag pattern and couldn't figure it out. I thought it was because I'm new, but experienced sewers couldn't figure it out either. Just curious if this pattern or any other pattern has been tried.

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  7. The book looks very interesting.

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