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Thursday, March 27, 2014

5th Block of the Sew Red Mystery Sew-A-Long by Kay Whitt

You’ve been waiting patiently for the next block in the Mystery Sew Red Sew-along so here it is!  You’ll fall head over heels for this amazing block designed by Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio.  

All about Kay

Kay Whitt is the talented designer of Serendipity Studio patterns.  You can also catch her adorable mug modeling on the pattern covers.  Her modern-yet-classic style is on display once more in her recent pattern releases.  See the range of her designs in the fun, flirty style of the Ramona WrapDress, the chic elegance of the Jordan Jacket, and the simple wear-ability of the skirts in the Fashion Formula Skirts Booklet 3.  She sure is one fashionable lady!

Kay and Sew Red

We at Jimmy Beans have loved Kay’s patterns from day one so it was a bit of a no-brainer for us to see if she would be willing to whip one up for Sew Red.   Kay's personal connection to cardiovascular disease made her more than up to the challege.  Her father underwent heart bypass surgery, and that had a huge impact on her lifestyle choices.  We're glad she choose to participate, and her Sweet Sixteen skirt definitely did not disappoint – it’s fun, flattering, flirty and easy to sew! 

Kay’s Block for the Mystery Sew Red Sew-along

Kay isn’t a traditional quilter, but she still wanted to participate in the Mystery Sew Red Sew-along, and we were so excited that she wanted to be a part of it!  Her finished block is an amazing strip heart.  Follow the link to her blog to get started right away!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

5th Block of the Sew Red Sew-a-long from Saremy Duffy
We are just bursting at the seams (hee hee) to show you the next block in the Mystery Sew Red Sew-a-long!  This inspired-by-Cathedral-Window quilt block was designed by the wildly talented Saremy Duffy of Chicken Boots. 

All about Saremy
Chicken Boots
Saremy Duffy is an extremely avid seamster with a business making and selling accessories for knitters, crocheters and others creative folks called Chicken Boots.  All Chicken Boots products are made right here in the USA in Chico, CA, and we proudly carry them at Jimmy Beans. Saremy is passionate about knowing where the things she buys come from and tries to buy Made in US and handmade first—within reason financially.  I bet what you really want to know, though, is why she chose the name “Chicken Boots” for her business.  The Duffys have raised a lot of chickens and after a 1.5 year hiatus while they found a new home, they hope this year they will have chickens again.  Saremy says she falls asleep dreaming about the Chicken Coop / Bunny Hutch she will build in the yard next to their pool once they're all settled in their new home.  During all that time of raising chickens, they’ve called their boots that are worn to take care of chicken chores their 'chicken boots'. Their daughter was five when she coined the term and it stuck!  

If you’re local to the Chico area, check out the public knitting group that Saremy hosts at the Chico Library each week.  You can also keep up with all of her adventures on her blog (http://www.chickenbootsusa.com/blogs) or by connecting with her on Facebook. Don't forget your boots!

Saremy and Sew Red
 Saremy picked up on heart-healthy eating and exercising habits from her mother’s example; her mom was a nurse who worked in a heart catheterization lab, which runs diagnostic tests to see if someone is at risk for heart disease.  Saremy is passionate about knowing where her food comes from and tries to eat organic, local foods as much as possible.  Saremy knits and sews a lot, which can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, but she’s very conscious of being as active as she can.  As an avid cyclist-turned-runner, Saremy makes it a point to get her morning run in before becoming consumed by work.  She has also challenged herself that she’ll get to knit for every hour she exercises this year.  We think that’s a great way to stay active!  Seeing firsthand how devastating heart disease can be made Saremy excited to be a part of the book.  You can find her amazingly practical and stylish Jewelry Case in Sew Red!

Saremy’s Block for the Mystery Sew Red Sew-a-long!
Saremy was inspired to re-interpret the traditional Cathedral Window quilt block.  She used fabrics from Luella Doss's Fowl Play collection - perfect for the creator of Chicken Boots! We love that her block can be assembled in many different ways, and can’t wait to see how you all choose to orient your own blocks!  Click over to the Chicken Boots blog to find instructions!