Today I’d like to share a book review of Sew Red, sent to me courtesy of Jimmy Beans Wool. Sew Red is an amazing book featuring some great sewing and quilting projects for a very worthy cause: Women’s Heart Health. This book gets my full endorsement not only for the slew of adorable sewing projects included, but because a portion of the proceeds from Sew Red will be donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth. Supporting causes like this is very important to me and I’m honored to help spread the word about the Stitch Red series. Heart conditions of various sorts run in my family and Lucille has actually developed early stages of Degenerative Valve Disease that we keep a close eye on. Bringing sewing and health education together is a brilliant idea and one that I am 100% on board with.
Getting this review posted took me much longer than I planned because I seriously couldn’t decide on which project to share (I wanted to make everything)! I knew immediately after receiving the book that I needed to sew something from it. The photos are all so beautifully done and the quilts caught my attention especially.
Both the Paper Hearts quilt by Tula Pink and the Hop Skip Jump quilt by Denyse Schmidt (two of my favorite designers) really tempted me but, in truth, I am not a quilter. I knew these projects were a bit too advanced for me so I flipped through the book some more until I found this cute little patchwork pillow.
The Asian Modern Pillow by Linda Lee is a simple project and so fun to sew! The Asian modern aesthetic isn’t exactly my style but the awesome thing about this project is it has the potential to be so many different styles AND it’s a great stash buster! Plus, it gave me the opportunity to branch out a little more into home dec sewing.
I think my pillow has more of a Scandinavian vibe with the fabrics I picked. I love it! Can you tell blue and red are my favorite colors?
There are so many other projects in the book that I’d love to make, as well as some delicious heart healthy recipes to try!
This book isn’t just pretty projects and photos, it includes valuable tips and facts about heart health. I love that all of the designers also shared their favorite heart healthy exercises and foods along with their projects. Did you know Amy Butler’s favorite exercise, IntenSati, combines cardio with positive affirmations? Now that sounds like something I could get into!
I’m sure it’s obvious that my favorite exercise is hiking and walking with Lucille but maybe you didn’t know that I also enjoy isometric planks, and one of my favorite heart healthy snacks is pistachios! …and pistachio ice cream
If you’re looking for a sewing book with a multitude of different projects, and would like to help out a worthy cause in the process, then Sew Red is for you! (Don’t worry, if sewing isn’t your thing there’s a Knit Red as well!) Having a book like this really just makes me feel good every time I open it because I know disease awareness is half the battle of finding a cure. Sew for the greater good!
Happy Wednesday, All. What steps are you taking to keep your heart healthy?