Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway

Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway

Today I’ve got a little something different on the blog, a book review! A little while back I was sent the book Sew Red by Jimmy Bean’s Wool to take a look at. I’d never done a book review before but when I saw the list of contributors, I couldn’t say no, plus the book has a really great cause behind it, women’s heart health.

Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway
I really wanted to try out one of the projects to go with the review and while I really would have loved to make one of the many gorgeous quilt patterns in this book (seriously, there are AMAZING quilt patterns in here) I just couldn’t make that happen. Instead I chose this really clever Spiral Scarf by Nancy Zieman.

Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway

Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway
This project is a perfect trifecta for me. I’m a major sucker for anything Nancy (love that woman!), I’m a scarf addict, and I love a new and interesting technique – this scarf has all three. The way you sew the straight scarf to itself to create a bias scarf is true genius. Seriously.
Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway

In addition to crazy cute patterns for quilts, bags, home dec items and garments (yes garments!) this book is full of some really great information gems. Each project has really well written, detailed instructions and the Helpful Information section at the back of the book includes the best method for turning quilt corners.

Grainline Studio | Book Report | Sew Red & Giveaway

Since it’s a book aimed at being heart healthy they also share some recipes at the back as well as resources, tips, and stories from each designer who contributed to the book about their relationship with heart health which is actually pretty interesting to read. All in all, I think this is a great book and I’m so happy I got to thumb through it and make this awesome scarf. There are some really unique and interesting projects and the book is for a good cause as well, a portion of procedes are donated to the The Heart Truth. Pretty great. Also, unrelated to the content of this book, I’m pretty impressed with the spiral inside binding, why do more people not do that, it’s such a great idea! I’m giving away a copy of the book, so if you’d like your own copy, leave me a comment below, let me know what your heart healthy tips are. Personally I’m a runner, I feel like there are a lot of us out there in the sewing blog world – go team! I probably need to cut back on my insane cheese intake though… I’ll announce the winner one week from now on Saturday May 18th, be sure to fill in your email in the appropriate field so I can reach you! *The giveaway has ended andΒ Debbie is the winner!

66 replies on β€œBook Report | Sew Red & Giveawayβ€œ

  • sew2pro

    I too am a runner with a fondness for cheese. Also for lots of cake! Fearing I was heading for diabetes, I had a blood test in my library, one of those assessments where they persuade people to give a few details and provide them with the likelihood of having a “cardiac incident” in the next 10 years. Mine is apparently 0.6%.

    The book looks interesting but I’m unnerved by all the red in it. I associate red with danger, red meat and kitchen accidents!

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  • christine haynes

    I’ve seen others review this book and thought it seemed nice, but that scarf is putting me over the edge! It looks brilliant! But of course it is, Nancy is a genius and a trailblazer! My body is in a sorry shape since finishing my book, but now I’m back at working out. My favorite activity is simply walking. Lots and lots of walking! Oh, and I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I guess that helps too… though it doesn’t protect me from cheese πŸ™‚

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  • blancapate

    Ooh! I’ve seen this book around the internet, and would love to win a copy to read through the projects myself. πŸ™‚ That scarf looks interesting!! I’m a sucker for a good quilt, too.

    My heart healthy tips include exercise every day – having a couple of dogs helps with that. Rain or shine, we walk about 3 miles every day. I used to be a runner, and have contemplated starting up again.. but regardless, my tip is just to get moving. Also – I eat pretty much everything, but in moderation. I feel so much better when I don’t overstuff myself at a meal, which took me years to figure out.

    Thanks for the opportunity Jen!

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  • nothy

    The book looks amazing! I love the scarf and the quilt pattern. My heart healthy tip comes via my cardiologist-mother (right in time for mother’s day) which is to drink two glasses of water within minutes of getting up. Apparently dehydration taxes the heart first thing in the morning when heart attacks are most likely. It is an easy change to make and it wakes you up….

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  • Toni Leli

    I try to prepare dinners using the South Beach Diet cookbooks. Most are heart healthy and I can maintain my weight at the same time. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  • Ellen M.

    My heart healthy tip (straight from my cardiologist) is to stay hydrated, not just when exercising. The book looks great – thanks for the chance!

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  • Colleen

    Ooooh, I was going to buy that book but maybe I’ll win it! My heart healthy tips are that I eat regular meals with lots and lots of vegetables, drink lots and lots of water, walk with the dogs, and keep myself as happy as I possibly can. I try not to get all crazy about small things or let my feelings be hurt for too long. I no longer do things that I feel obligated to instead of truly wanting to — I take time to sew and knit and read.

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  • PendleStitches

    My husband’s family has a history of heart problems so we are currently working to eat more healthily (less saturated fat) and take a little more exercise. I think balance is the aim here. I also think if you know you’re at risk then regular check ups are the order of the day. Better safe than sorry. This book looks amazing and I can imagine sewing up a heap of those gorgeous scarves for gifts.

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  • Joelle

    That scarf sounds fascinating! NZ for the win! I guess my best heart healthy tip would be to limit salt intake by eating less processed food.

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  • Gretchen

    Thanks for the great book review. Love that scarf. I am eating a lot healthier this year; lots of dark leafy greens like kale! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  • melani

    I’d love to win this book … Thanks so much for the chance …
    To be more heart healthy, I try to exercise 5 days a week and try to limit my junk food intake … Not quite there yet, but I’m trying to be better at it …
    Have a superb weekend!!!

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  • Kathi Giumentaro

    I love that scarf. I can see me wearing one with my Archer shirt that I am addicted to.
    My heart healthy tip is everything in moderation and walking. I walk 5 miles with my husbdan almost every day. keep moving and sewing.
    Kathi G

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  • Andrea

    My father died of complications with his heart so staying heart healthy is very important to me. Normally I work out at a gym four to five times a week but lately I joined a Bootcamp class that takes place at a local park and I’ve become addicted to it – what’s not to love about exercising outdoors with a group of motivated women? I’ve read a few reviews for this book and they all praise it – thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  • Emilie

    What a nice book. I had not heard of it but it is a very nice cause.
    I try to eat a lot of fruit and veg… and garlic! I’m not sure it’s the top heart-tip, but still…it’s good as long as you’re not on your way out to meet a bunch of people.

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  • Carol

    My heart healthy tip is to walk away from anger and hug more. Also, I love to sew to red dresses so this is perfect!

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  • LindaC in AZ

    Glad you posted Nancy Zieman’s contribution to this book because I’m a huge Nancy fan! My heart health tip is to reduce stress and blood pressure. I ride my bicycle and stay calm. πŸ™‚

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  • Mary Collins

    Try to keep the stress level to a dull roar – and laugh a lot. Thanks for the book review. I’m just making my first Archer and just wanted to say thanks for drafting such a beautiful pattern!

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  • jessica

    Number one tip is to move more. And I try to eat a couple of vegetarian meals each week. A few years ago I found out that I have high cholesterol so I’ve been trying to clean up my lifestyle. I am due for another blood test next week which I am dreading a bit.

    PS Is this giveaway open to international readers?

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  • Gjeometry

    Hi there! I also received a copy of this book and reviewed it here: http://gjeometry.com/2013/04/20/sewing-with-heart/ I really enjoyed it, and will be making up the Suede Says tunic next. Some of the comments from the book re: heart health I enjoyed whilst some of them “eat foie gras”, that was just weird and so in disregard for animal cruelty. But, my heart healthy tip is everything in moderation. You don’t have to necessarily be a vegetarian, but know that red meat and dairy are not REALLY your heart’s best friend, so likely a good idea to limit your portion sizes and weekly amounts. Good luck with your giveaway. Please don’t enter me into it, as I already have the book :).

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  • Barbara J

    Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks gorgeous with it’s presentation and projects. I eat lots of greens and limit my meat intake. Rice is my staple but I’ve now fully converted to multi-grain brown rice for 2 years now. I should of course get off my butt and get some cardio workout in my week … soon πŸ™‚

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  • Ledys

    Thank you for the giveaway, Jen! I have been learning that insulin imbalance seems to be at the root of a lot of problems, so my tip is to try to limit sugar intake to prevent those insulin spikes.

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  • Jeanette Tuttle-Hamer

    Hi!
    We have a lot of heart issues in our family and we all try to follow the “rules” but they keep changing! So I try to practice mindful eating with the mantra…”you are what you eat” My husband and I also love long distance bicycle riding and do many of the all day or weekend rides for charity.
    Keep your heart healthy everyone,
    JYTH

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  • Andrea

    Aside from regular exercise, my heart health regimen includes eating many colors – veggies – at every meal and staying well hydrated. I try to avoid processed food as much as possible. Thank you for the chance to win the book. I haven’t seen this one. Heart disease awareness for women is an issue very near and dear to my heart, literally.

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  • Wendy - Sew Biased

    What a great looking book with some really exciting projects.
    My healthy tip, which I’m sure is also heart healthy, is take up an excercise you can love so you stick with it – I chose salsa dancing!

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  • Julie

    I try to exercise and eat healthy foods. I love my chocolate and the occasional adult beverage, but I believe in everything in moderation! Luckily I do love veggies and healthy natural foods. I’ve looked at, but don’t have, the knitting red book. This one looks really great too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • Jessicatsd

    Live your life the way you want. Have pleasure in all the little things in nature. Just visit a lovely place, sit down and enjoy all the sounds, smells and pictures for at least half an hour. And of course, keep doing things that gives you energy. For me that is sewing, be creative and garden work.

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  • Ruth

    Find something you love and do it. Be it work or exercise. Eat good, wholesome, nutrient rich food. Be kind to yourself. Don’t take life so serious. Laugh a lot. A lot. Give more than you take. Put your good where it will do most.

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  • Debbie

    I would love to win a copy of this book, it looks great.

    I am a runner as well, I also do yoga and watch what I eat, but do believe red wine and dark chocolate are good for you (in moderation!!)

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  • Elizabeth Anne

    I would LOVE to check out the quilting patterns in this book! My heart healthy tip is to make as much food from scratch as possible which will lower your dependence on processed foods rich in sodium, also get outside and be active on a daily basis.

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  • sallie

    Oatmeal!!! Great for the heart! I also just try to fit in physical activity into my everyday. I DO run and do yoga regularly for exercise, but I also ride my bike or walk everywhere (no cars for me!) garden, lift stuff…. you know… just generally try to remember that my body is there to be used!

    Thanks for the giveaway Jen! It’s so great to see a project from this book made!

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  • Kathy Barr

    I am a fan of zumba dance fitness and also recommend journaling all the food you eat through the day; it really helps pinpoint unhealthy habits that can result in heart (and other) diseases. We can’t help our genetics, but we have control of our habits of living.
    I love your spiral scarf. Thanks for offering the book!

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  • Karen Z

    I have never really liked to exercise but I heard you should do something you enjoyed when you were a child – so I started riding my bike and love it.

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  • Kathy

    I’ve walked five miles a day for about the last ten years (other than bad weather days or an occasional day off).

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  • Annie

    That book looks really good! I hadn’t seen it before. Thanks for reviewing it! I love finding good, new, sewing books. …My heart health tip: SLEEP! New research indicates that getting a full night’s sleep regularly reduces your chance of heart disease. How awesome is that?!

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  • Karen

    On really stressful days at work, I try to focus on my breathing for one minute every hour. It helps keep my stress levels in check, which can only be good for my blood pressure and heart!

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  • steph

    I look for activities that get my heart rate up – hiking, bike rides and swims. I’m beginning the Couch to 5k for consistent cardio. I really want to be a runner!

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  • Lynn Crymes

    I used to have a motto…only run when chased….but in the last year decided I needed to get back in shape to keep up with my boys (5 and 7). I started walking which led to speed walking with weights which led to running. Now I run 4-6 miles 3-5 times a week and feel better than ever. Its been a year and I still don’t consider myself “a runner” as I know that voice is still there saying…is someone chasing you???? For now that’s my way of staying heart healthy…

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  • katriniella

    I’m a bicyclist! I try to commute to work by bike most days, walk a lot in between, and eat a lot of veggies. But I’m like you, too: I should probably cut down on the cheese…

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  • Katherine

    Can Canadians join in? That book looks awesome – and that scarf pattern has me drooling!

    I’m not a runner (bad knees), but I love swimming, and spin class, and hiking. And I love cooking healthy food, so I’d love to see those recipes!

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  • Melissa W

    I am a 40 year old runner with really bad knees, so I often don’t get to run as much as I would like. I try to run 3 times a week, but for certain I walk my dogs twice a day. I try to make a conscious effort to “move” as much as possible every day (take the stairs, park in a far away parking space, etc.) and hope that makes a difference in the long run!!

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  • Audrey

    I hike and garden and eat lots of fruit and veggies, the fresher the better. Your new apartment looks so beautiful and sunny, and I’ll bet you could grow herbs on the window shelves your dad made, especially if the window is near the warm vented closet!

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  • Jess Z

    I used to be a runner and took aerobics two to three times a week at the gym. Unfortunately, I have had some complications since the beginning of my pregnancy which required me to be on strict bed rest throughout. Since I haven’t been allowed to move from bed much -sitting or standing, I have reduced my sodium intake and changed my diet. My husband has even adapted and eats the “no salt, lowest sodium” recipes with me and had a great report when his labs came back from his recent physical. Hoping baby stays put for at least 3 more weeks and I can eventually return to being active once again. I plan on continuing to monitor the salt/sodium intake as well as eating completely organic as much as possible.

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  • Mel

    I’ve taken up yoga and weight lifting recently, but my favorite habits are little ones I can make every day. I floss, eat fruits and veggies for snacks, and sneak in a little coconut oil and chia or flax seeds to recipes where I can.

    Love the idea of a shelf just for plants. We’re loading up on succulents and I think that would be a great display!

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  • Grace Jones

    In addition to getting plenty of cardio excercise, my cardiologist advised me to not avoid salt (I have low blood pressure). That’s all I’ve got on that front, but I would love to read up on this Red series to see what other tips the contributors have.

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  • Carolyn

    I’m a sometimes-runner, sometimes-fitness-enthusiast who tries to eat healthy despite a great love of salty and sweet. My family has seen plenty of heartache from heart disease, and so I’m always striving to be a little more active and to eat a little healthier. πŸ™‚

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  • Tracey Gauvin

    I try to go for a run 2-3 times a week. And walk to/from work…although if it’s raining, I do take the bus sometimes πŸ™‚

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  • Sheri

    My daughter teaches young children about heart-healthy exercise. She has them feel their heart beating while they are sitting in their seats. Then they do a series of jumping jacks and run a few circles around the classroom, followed by feeling the rate of their heart beating once again. She explains that they should do exercise everyday that gets their heart to beat a little faster to maintain a more healthy lifestyle. I try to elevate my heart rate through exercise 3 to 4 times a week and we eat a lot of salmon! The book looks great! Thanks.

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  • Susanne

    I love yoga – and I should probably start using those running shoes that lurk in my shoe cabinet (there was a time in my life when I would run a half-marathon each year – sadly that is many moons ago) and I most definitely will ride the bike more often (with my toddler in the kids trailer behind me) now that spring finally arrived around here!
    So I don’t know if you ship internationally but I would love a copy of the book – I live in Germany.
    BR, Susanne

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