What is the hop about?

Well, it’s about hopping!  And raising awareness about heart disease! Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States. Whether you are a women or man, young or old, statistic show that you have already been impacted by heart disease in some manner. You or someone you know has or will experience either a Heart Attack, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure or a number of other cardio vascular illnesses.

Each month, Sew Red for Women will feature an original quilt block designed especially for you by some of today’s most inspiring designers & bloggers.  We will provide a special link to hop on over to the blogger and/or designer’s site for details and instructions for completing the featured block. And you just might learn a thing or two about heart disease while you’re there!

The hopping begins on February 3rd, which happens to be Wear Red Day!

What is Go Red for Women?

In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

What is the goal of Go Red For Women?

Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

In 2010, the American Heart Association set a strategic goal of reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and strokes by 20% while improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020.

Why is the red dress the symbol of women and heart disease?

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American Heart Association and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the American Heart Association adopted this symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause.

Why do Go Red For Women and other red dress campaigns target women instead of men and women?

In the past, heart disease and heart attack have been predominantly associated with men. Historically, men have been the subjects of the research done to understand heart disease and stroke, which has been the basis for treatment guidelines and programs. This led to an oversimplified, distorted view of heart disease and risk, which has worked to the detriment of women.

Because women have been largely ignored as a specific group, their awareness of their risk of this often-preventable disease has suffered. Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

Who’s Partcipating? And when?


February 3 – Leah of Burgundy Buttons

March 3Fat Quarterly‘s Tacha of Hanies Quilts

April 3 – Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt

May 3 – Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting

June 3 – Charlie of Qubee Quilts

July 3 – Jessica of Twin Fibers

August 3 – Melissa of The Polkadot Chair

September 3 – Amber of A Little Bit Biased

October 3 – Amy of Diary of a Quilter

November 3 – Amy of Amy’s Creative Side

December 3 – Sherri of A Quilting Life

January 3 – Lynne of Lily’s Quilts

What fabric are we using?
 While we do not yet have a final fabric supply list as the designer’s are still creating thier block, we will be using fabrics from Chemistry by Cosmo Cricket and coordinating Bella Solids.  Naturally you may use any fabric you like!

As the blocks are released, Burgundy Buttons will offer a block-specific fabric pack for purchase while supplies last.

Will there be a flickr group?

What fun is it if you can’t show off?  Share pictures of your block and finished projects with the group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewredforwomen/

We are so excited to bring you this heart friendly hop and raise awareness about heart disease at the same time!  Please help us save lives by sharing information about this event on your blogsite, twitter and facebook!  Grab a button from the Sew Red for Women Blog and add it to your side bar!

Together we can make a difference!