Go Red for Women and Quilting

In 2007, UW Hospital and Clinics Nurse Helen Martin combined her two passions, nursing and quilting, to educate women about their risk for heart disease by taking the Go Red For Women message to quilt guilds around Wisconsin.

Go Red For Women Quilts and Quilt Note Cards


Several Wisconsin Quilt Guids were inspired by the Go Red message to create Go Red For Women quilts to raise funds for the American Heart Association and to share the Go Red message with other women. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Movement

Heart Block Pattern Featured at the 2008 Quilt Expo


Internationally known sewing enthusiast and quilter, Nancy Zeiman, from Wisconsin Public Television's Sewing with Nancy and Nancy's Notions was inspired by the message of Go Red and the work of Helen Martin. At the 2008 Quilt Expo, Zeiman provided material and sewing machines for women to quilt a heart block while at the Expo. More than 200 blocks were created to support the Go Red for Women movement. The heart block pattern used at the Expo is below. Please note, the PDF of the pattern may take a few moments to load.

Sewing with Nancy and UW Health Go Red

UW Health and Sewing with Nancy
In addition to the Quilt Expo, Nancy Zeiman has featured Go Red on her Wisconsin Public Television show, Sewing With Nancy.


UW Health experts have been guests on Sewing with Nancy and discussed different aspects of heart health including nutrition, exercise and ways to modify risk factors for heart disease. These programs will air throughout the 2008 (check your local programming guide for Sewing with Nancy air dates and times). Pictured right, Helen Martin with Nancy Zeiman during filming for Sewing With Nancy.