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Sew RedI had the pleasure to review a brand new sewing and quilting book, Sew Red, that just hit shelves this month! It’s the 2nd in a 4 book Stitch Red series dedicated to raising awareness in the prevention of heart disease – the #1 killer of women in the US.

Thirty renowned designers are included in this beautiful book, including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede, to name a few.  Each project consists of easy to follow instructions, information about the designer, as well as their own experience with heart disease and/or heart healthy tips.

Here is an excerpt from the Press Release:

Reno, Nev. (February 13, 2013) – Sew Red, authored by Laura Zander, owner of leading online fabric and yarn retailer Jimmy Beans Wool, and with a foreword by designer and veteran journalist Deborah Norville, is the first sewing and quilting book to put a stylish twist on raising public awareness about heart disease in women. The book, published by Sixth&Spring Books, was just released to coincide with American Heart Month.

Part of the nationwide Stitch Red campaign to fight heart disease in women, Sew Red (Sixth&Spring, 2013) is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed Knit Red (Sixth&Spring, 2012), and offers the same level of excitement and inspiration, with projects from such fabric design, sewing, and quilting luminaries as Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Brett Bara, Anna Maria Horner, and Kaffe Fassett. From couture dresses to wearable skirts and tops, from fashionable accessories and home decor items to fresh, modern takes on traditional quilting designs, the red, heart health–inspired collection of projects in Sew Red will delight sewers of all tastes.

I love this book!  After looking over all the wonderful projects in Sew Red, I had to sew something!  I chose to make the Sonoma Purse, on page 109.  This purse is made from just three fat quarters!  I have a huge stash of fabric, but none were complete fat quarters.  So using what I had on hand, my purse was made with four different, very colorful fabrics.

The instructions for this purse pattern was easy to follow.  I have made a lot of purses in the past but this was the first purse I made with pleats and a gusset!  Love the look!

(The projects in this book would make awesome Christmas gifts!  Get started now, you’ll be ready for Christmas before Fall! 😉  Or, if you don’t sew, Sew Red would make a great gift for someone else.)

purse and book

My HEART HAPPY purse! Very colorful!

pocket instructions

All the projects needing patterns are in a pocket in the back of the book.

Sew Red is not only a project inspiring book, it comes with heart healthy recipes too!  Fabric, Fun, Food and Facts for healthy living.  Gotta love that!

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