A new book landed on my doorstep yesterday morning and I want to share it for two reasons:
1. the 24+ projects inside are stunning, contributed by well known designers in the stitching world
2. it is part of the Stitch Red campaign, an initiative started by Laura Zander to raise awareness of women’s heart health
“Sew Red, Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health”, draws together inspiring but ‘make-able’ projects from big names in the stitching world: Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Sweetwater, and Denyse Schmidt to name only a handful. Each contributor shares personal reasons why raising the issues about women’s heart health is important.
I love this dress by Amy Butler and it is first on my list of summer sewing projects. (tip: Thanks to conscientious Amy Butler, an errata has been posted to her website, so don’t cut before visiting it!)
In addition to the projects there is a very informative ‘fact’ section about heart health including recipes, resources, and the importance of exercise. I learned, from the foreward by Deborah Norville, that while 80 percent of women said they would call 911 if they suspected someone was having a heart attack, barely half would call 911 if they thought they themselves were having one.
This section is very informative about exercise for your heart and includes tips on how to add heart healthy activities such as yoga, reading, and dancing to your daily regime.
Symptoms of heart attack in women can present quite differently than men, and most women don’t even know how to recognize the signs: discomfort in the upper body (including the jaw, shoulders or neck), sweating, nausea, and light-headedness. Trouble sleeping, anxiety, indigestion, and unusual tiredness are also the most usual signs reported by women – sounds like the normal fallout from our busy lives, doesn’t it? Clearly, raising awareness to the fact that these symptoms might not just be part of common stress, but could in fact be a heart attack, might save someone’s life.
Quilt Design by one of the top designers in the fabric world, Tula Pink.
This book is the second in this series written by Laura Zander. You might remember last year’s publication “Knit Red”. Similarly, “Sew Red” draws on Laura’s considerable knowledge and passion for stitching – she is the co-founder and co-owner of Jimmy Beans Wool (named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States).
This beautiful applique design, called Queen of Hearts, is by Marcia Harmening. It is too challenging for me but I absolutely love it. Inspiring!
A percentage of the proceeds from this book is donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth. For more information on this campaign in Canada, visit http://thehearttruth.ca/ . You can watch Canada’s Live Fashion Show to celebrate the Red Dress, symbol of heart health, on March 21 at http://thehearttruth.ca/livefashionshow/
Not all of the projects involve quilting or a lot of sewing – this corsage by Kaari Meng is the perfect way to use up favourite fabric scraps, old buttons, and ribbon in your stash. Wear it to remind yourself and others to maintain a healthy heart. .