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It’s Our Sew Red Day!

It’s finally here … Our Sew Red Day!
This story started about a year ago when we were forwarded an email from our boss at Moda, from someone named Laura Zander.

I have to admit, that at the time I had no idea who Laura Zander was OR what Jimmy Beans Wool was either. So I did a little research and then quickly replied YES! to the email. In fact I think I even added a “please” in there somewhere and a “whatever you want”!

So the story continues and emails go back and forth and things have to be kept secret for awhile. This secret part is a huge problem for me, but I somehow manage. Designing goes on and pattern pages are written and every once in awhile we hear from someone on Laura’s staff that they need another this or another that. Updates inform us that the book is moving along.

Then one day this fantastic book magically appears in the mail!


We couldn’t be more proud to be included in this wonderful project and to be associated with these other designers for the cause. I have to admit that the thought of sharing credits with Ty Pennington also gave me a little jolt of delight!

But the cause is women’s heart disease. I could spout statistics and numbers, but just think about it, we all know someone that has either been affected by or is currently battling this dreaded disease.

This is our project …


It’s an easy to make bag that’s not too big or too small … but just right!

All the proceeds from the book go directly to and bringing awareness to women’s heart disease.

So find a copy today!

It’s a great way to do your part and you get a fantastic book as a bonus! You will not be disappointed.

Mary and I were the lucky recipients of 3 books! They have all been signed by Laura and we would like to share our good fortune by passing them along to 3 of you. Leave a comment below telling us what you do to keep your heart healthy or just say hello.


The winners will be chosen sometime on Friday February 22nd.

Be Heart Healthy and Happy. Go here if you would like to see the hop schedule.



82 responses to “It’s Our Sew Red Day!”

  1. Cecilia says:

    Pretty bag! I’m eating better and exercising more. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  2. Susan B. says:

    Perfect size! I may need something just like that to tote around my new healthy food snacks and water. I have started a healthier eating style, and am feeling great. Hoping to lower cholesterol, lose weight, and just get all-around ‘good’ inside! So far, I am pleased with the changes and results.

  3. Deb says:

    Hello! Love REDS! And that looks like a fantastic book! My exercising consists of getting up and down from my sewing chair to head over to the ironing board!

  4. Lisa E says:

    I try to exercise every day. I do need to cut down on sweets though. Chocolate is my weakness.

  5. Beth T. says:

    I am a vegetarian and believe that contributes to my heart health.

  6. Jessica says:

    Cute bag! My dog makes me walk 2 miles every day. He is my guardian of heart health! 🙂

  7. Jeanne says:

    Eating healthy, changes to lifestyle such as less partying and more stay at home, exercise. Thanks for a chance to win this great book. 🙂

  8. Mary Grace Strauch says:

    Exercise and healthy eating are always best. Unfortunately isn’t always that easy to do or to find the energy after a long day at work. But I keep trying. Looks like a great book. Thanks so much for sharing so many good ideas with us.

  9. Teresa Nimsakont says:

    While I am at work I tend to take the stairs instead of the elevators. Thank you for the opportunity at this great giveaway!

  10. Jeanna says:

    I admit I should do more, my exercise routine is sporadic, but I’m trying! My very favorite color is red, sew of course I would love your book!

  11. debra says:

    Just love red of any hue. I am a purse person definitely have a fettish. I try on a daily basis to watch. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book

  12. Kalynn says:

    What a cute bag..Love the simplicity. I walk about a mile and a half a day, rain or shine. It feels good to get out and clear the brain. Love RED!

  13. Mary Ellen says:

    We eat a lot of fiber and veggies, and watch the fats, especially since my best friend has been diagnosed with afib and has to take 3-4 pills daily. Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Heather says:

    I try to stay away from preservatives when I eat. Don’t know if that is necessarily heart healthy. If sewing with red helped, I’d be very healthy indeed, as it’s my favorite color!

  15. lorene holrook says:

    hmmmm, my heart healthy? I have to get up from my machine to iron. since I sew a lot, I am up and down all the time. I get my exercise!

  16. Beth Beal says:

    I actually belong to Club Red where I work at the University of Virginia and I make sure I get a physical every year and exercise daily!

  17. Lynn says:

    Lots of exercise, lots of water, and lots of veges/fruits! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Kathy R says:

    I hug my dog. It lowers my blood pressure, which is good for my heart 🙂
    Love the book!!!

  19. Dawn says:

    I do my best to eat healthy and get some exercise every day.

  20. Jenny moss says:

    One of my goals is to read the entire Bible chapter by chapter this year. I have my coffee as I read first thing in the morning, then I go for my 41/2 mile walk. I dwell on what I’ve read and do my praying for my family and the neighborhood families. The rest of the day is focused on quilting or knitting.

  21. Kelly O. says:

    I just had a baby but I think it’s time to get back on the treadmill 🙂

  22. Bonnie Malcolm says:

    I try to walk at least 20 minutes every other day. The more I sit and quilt the more I need to walk to balance out the two activities. I always remind myself that the more I walk the more I get to quilt.

  23. charlotte says:

    I am trying so hard to get ready for a 5K next month. I just need to get out of my sewing room more and move my body!

  24. Carolyn S says:

    I walk 2 miles 2 times a week. I’m hoping to increase that to 5 days a week by the end of the month. . . I just started this but at least I’m starting. . . too much quilting!

  25. Annette Zee says:

    Now that both kids are off at college we have dropped our red meat consumption down to just one meal a week. We try to walk regularly but the Wisconsin winter has kept us from walking a few times.

  26. Wendy says:

    Am up at 5. Running & walking on my treadmill before I go to work. Try to eat as healthy as possible but just can’t stay away from chocolate.

  27. Fantastic fabric! I should give my dog a bath instead of spending the day sewing with my buds:)

  28. jane k resko says:

    Dear Barb, Thanks for giving your time to such a worth while endeavor .I am a survivor of a quintuple bypass surgery and every year pass out Go Red For Woman”s pins to my friend ‘s who help me
    sew quilted lap robe’s for The Cleveland Clinic Moll Cancer Center.We have just finished our 2801 quilt.
    These are given to newly diagnosed cancer patient’s who come for their first chemo or radiation treatment.Quilt come’s with a note that state’s “To wrap you in the warmth of our love and is accompanied by our thought’s and prayer’s”

  29. Brenda K says:

    Congratulations – how neat that your project is published in this book. I LOVE the bag. I just retired so I will spend more time sewing but also looking forward to some Zumba and exercise by a young lady who is helping the “older” crowd to keep moving. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  30. janita says:

    I have an aversion to exercise but decided I had to do something so I joined the rec center this year and have been swimming. It feels really good to know that I am doing something good for myself. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win. janita

  31. Debra Lee says:

    I eat very little red meat and drink water only!

  32. Amy DeCesare says:

    I’m a med tech in a hospital lab, and I hope everyone asks their doctor to order tests to check their lipids. Knowledge is power!