Wistful Winds | The Inspiration

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Let your heart take wind. Let your heart heal.

Wistful Winds Projects

Let your creativity take on new life.

When I created and designed Wistful Winds I was in a place of darkness and grief. I just experienced my fourth miscarriage in two years, and was devastated to say the least. My inspiration came about to create something beautiful made from the ashes, to celebrate the birth of the babies I held in my womb for a short period of time. To embrace their life. Knowing they are in heaven being loved by my grandparents who have passed on. No one ever talks about the reality of miscarriage. There are no birthdays to celebrate the next year, only grief of the reminder of what you have lost. No one knows of the hopes and dreams you had for that little baby you were hoping to hold in your arms.

There is a song by Daughtry called, “Gone to Soon.” The lyrics spoke to my heart and helped me free my mind as I started to create Wistful Winds.

Not a day goes by,
That I don’t think of you,
I’m always asking why this crazy world had to lose,
Such a beautiful light we never knew,
Gone too soon, You were gone too soon.

The celebration of this line has been a beautiful light and celebration in finding hope and happiness in our present situation. To find hope and gleem onto that JOY! Each piece has a special meaning behind the fabric line. Each piece has a story to tell.

Wistful Winds Main Floral

The main florals are planted seeds of hope, wishes, and dreams to come true. They represent a garden, knowing that you will have trials, pain, grief and sorrow to overcome. Nothing comes easy in this life. We all have our faith tested. We all have trials to face. If we plant seeds of hope, we are able to find the JOY and learn what our creator wants us to become. Creating this garden gave me JOY to my soul.

Wistful Winds Girls

My sweet girls print are a representation of life and joy. They represent loss and grief. Loss from our four miscarriages. A path that was filled with grief, anger, sadness, and distance. These little girls are full of brightness and cheerful smiles with bouquets of flowers letting me know it will be okay. Life moves on, and there is hope for little miracles. The colors represent grief yet embrace happiness.

Wistful Winds Tone on Tone

My tone on tone floral represents a solemn statement of grief and loss with the power of brightness to bring in hope, laughter and joy. We have the power to find our faith and try to find the JOY in our trials that may come our way. Whatever we battle, it’s a reminder to plant seeds of HAPPY into my life each day.

Wistful Angel Wings

My angel wings are also my butterfly wings. As we continue our journey this reminds me to take flight and find joy and know we can all face and do hard things. We can face trials with a grim mind or find the good. We can spread our wings to grow and become who we need to become. So take flight. Find the happy and find the joy!

Wistful Winds Dots and Stripes

Then my dot and stripes are to remind me to scatter and serve others. To become the best version of myself. The dots scatter love, the stripes are my stability in nurturing my soul. A reminder to know i can still grieve, yet embrace what the future may bring.

Wistful Winds Quilt Market Booth

The last piece of the inspiration is naming my line. I had to call my sister for help, because I was at a loss. We discussed what it was about, and she started to google words and the meaning behind those words.

Wist·ful means: having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing.

Wind means: the perceptible natural movement of the air, especially in the form of a current of air blowing from a particular direction.

It made perfect sense to call it, “Wistful Winds.” The little girl blowing in the air, holding on to the dandelion, being lifted into the heaven skies pieced it all together. We have all felt like we’ve been tossed in the wind at some point of our life.

I’ve been so amazed by all the beautiful projects everyone has made from Wistful Winds Blog Tour. I’m creating a Look Book within the next week or so with links to all the beautiful projects. I will release it here and post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to follow my social media and join the newsletter for upcoming events, announcements and new product updates. I’m so grateful for the amazing ladies who came on this journey with me. Thank you to Riley Blake Designs for sending the fabric to all these amazing women.

Stitches Quilting – Deanna is giving one Fat Quarter Set of Wistful Winds to one lucky winner. To enter head over to her blog and remember to follow her on Instagram.

I have a two new thread collection with Aurifil Thread called, “Wistful Winds of Color.” They are producing a large spool box and embroidery thread box. I loved curating and choosing each color to match my fabric line. It’s being released in November!

I’m still editing and getting my patterns ready for print. I wanted to let you have a preview of what’s coming. I will be sharing the inspiration behind each quilt and clothing pattern. Here’s preview of what’s to come!

I created a special pillow for Quilt Market with butterflies on it. My husband and I have been on a forever weight loss journey since January 20th! I wanted to celebrate at Quilt Market by taking one of my fat levi pants and making a special project using some of the scraps I had left.

Wistful Winds Fat Pants Pillow

You will need:
15 – 5″ assorted squares to cut butterflies
1 – pair of old levis – Cut one rectangle to 14.5″ x 12.5″
2 – 14.5″ x 12.5″ pillow back
1 – red bias tape
1/8 yard pellon heat and bond lite
12 x 14 pillow form
Gold Aurifil Thread

  1. Download the Butterflies Fat Pants Pillow SVG to cut with your Silhoutte or Cricut machine. When using your machine make sure to apply the heat and bond to your fabric and remove the backing before applying it to your cutting mat. If you don’t have a machine, then please go ahead and download this pdf to Butterflies Fat Pants Pillow handcut file. Just trace onto your heat and bond. You will cut out 15 butterflies.
  2. Arrange your 15 butterflies onto your front. Then appliqué around your butterflies with the gold thread.
  3. Make your envelope backing and finishing the pillow go here for a nice tutorial and how to apply the binding! Sew Mama Sew explains it well.
Our Forever Journey

Our Forever Journey

To give you an idea, this is how much we have changed since Quilt Market. Thanks for the support of our trainer and life coach Chalyce my life has been forever changed. I’m still evolving and I’ve started to find the JOY and HAPPY back into my life. I hope that Wistful Winds has captured your heart, by knowing the story behind it all.

A Sew Along will be announced next week. Come back to hear more. New patterns being released within the next few weeks. Announcement coming soon. Fabric should be hitting your local and online quilt shops next week. For more details on who’s carrying the fabric line please check our retailers list. If you are a shop carrying my fabric range and not listed on that page, please contact me and I’ll add you to the retailers list.

Giveaway Closed – Winner’s Announced Here!

I’m going to give away one Fat Quarter Set with Binding Baby and one 10-inch stacker a Binding Baby. That’s two lucky winners! To enter be sure to comment below. Follow me on Facebook, like me on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter. You won’t want to miss what’s coming up next on the Doohikey Designs adventures. Winner will be announced October 18th.

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52 Comments on “Wistful Winds | The Inspiration”

  1. Ohhhh Shari!!! I love love love your post! What a beautiful piece of meaning behind your fabric! What a champion you are for so many in life! I adore you! The items you created are just absolutely beautiful!!!! I love you butterfly pillow! What an inspiration you are to get through difficult challenges while finding inspiration for all of us to grasp on to! Congratulations for such an incredible line and beautiful perspective in life! Thank you for inspiring all of us!

  2. This fabric is obviously designed with love! Good luck on your weight loss journey! You are well on your way!

  3. You are meeting life’s challenges in an inspirational way. May your hopes for a child be realized.

  4. Shari, I am stumbling at what to say, but I hope I can express how touched I was by what you shared in your post! I have a good friend who has experienced this repeated loss, and I know how her heart aches. Yet she is one of those people who continually brings light, laughter and joy into the world every day, just as you have done through your art! Your line is beautiful ~ thank you for sharing your gift. And well done to you and the hubby! 🙂

  5. how inspirational! love what you did with your despair . . . such strength makes you come out on top! and you blessed the whole quilting world. may you feel blessed and find a realization to your dreams . . . would love love to win some of your fabric just because of what it means!

  6. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Wistful Winds is a beautiful collection, made even more special knowing the story behind it. Thank you for reminding everyone to embrace the joy!!!

  7. Shari, first I need to say that I am so sorry for the losses of your angel babies and thank you for being willing to share your story. I think so many suffer all those silent anniversaries, thank you for helping me understand!
    Your fabric line is beautiful, you are beautiful and I’m happy you and your hubby are on your weight loss journey together!! Praying for all good things to come your way!!

  8. Oh dear….I’m an ugly cryin’ mess! The fabric is beautiful on its own, but the story….wow! I think it’s rather providential that I had the honor of being on this tour. My sweet Lydia is our rainbow baby. We found out we were pregnant with her the week our son Adam was due. It’s bittersweet to think of him, because if he had lived, Lydia would not be here. Hugs to you, Shari, and look at you GO!

  9. I always love hearing the story behind the story. Thank you for sharing something so meaningful and personal. You’ve created something truly lovely out of your sadness.

  10. Your fabric line is so pretty. Thank you for sharing the story behind it I know it wasn’t easy. Congrats on your weight loss journey. Y’all look great.

  11. Shari, you are such a sweetheart. ❤️ I loved reading your post and am touched by all the thought and meaning That was put into this line. You guys are in my prayers.
    PS you guys look AMAZING!! Way to go! ???? I’m sure that has come through a lot of hard work.

  12. Congratulations on your beautiful fabric line! Thank you so much for sharing your journey and story. I believe that something good can come from something bad or hard…your fabric line and story prove that. You have every reason to be proud of what you have created….along with your weight loss! Blessings to you!

  13. Shari,

    You are beautiful. Inside and out! You and your husband have worked so hard to get to where you’re at (I am sure) – so congratulations on that! And congratulations on another beautiful fabric line. You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your personal story and talents with all of us. I am happy that you are doing well and trying to have a good outlook on your trials. It’s so hard sometimes but good for you for trying to channel that energy into something positive. Big hugs to you!

    Amber

  14. You are really brave to share your story, it really touched my heart. Your fabric line might bring healing to a lot of couples. I know it brings joy to my heart with its bright and happy colors 🙂

  15. Shari, your design for this collection is very inspiring and sharing your story with us has been really touching. Thank you for considering us, readers, worthy. I will follow you on Instagram,

  16. Thank you for sharing the bittersweet story behind this wonderful fabric line. The blog tour has been great, and I wish you the best.

  17. You are such an inspiration! Your story was something that I needed to hear today. Thank you. Your fabric line is so fun and brings a smile to my face!

  18. It took so much courage to share your story with us. I loved your collection even before I read your story and now I fill with tears each time I look at. I am looking forward to making a special project with it. Thank you.

  19. Thank you for this wonderful post. I found you on Instagram. I also suffered with infertility many years ago and still remember how awful it felt to be childless when all my friends were starting their families. I love your fabric and would love to win!!?

  20. I went through a miscarriage in July, two weeks before my birthday. I remember waking up from the D&C and sobbing, because that meant my baby was really gone. I cannot imagine going through that four times. My heart absolutely breaks for you and your family. I found solace in crafting as well. I kept telling my husband that I was trying to make the world a little prettier for the baby we lost. It has made me even more grateful for the 6 year old we have. Love and light to you, and the fabrics are beautiful, made even more so because they are helping you to heal. ❤️

  21. What a touching and heartfelt story to inspire a beautiful line of fabrics from your soul. You are an artist. Thank you for sharing your story. That couldn’t have been easy.

  22. I know my sister struggled with one miscarriage. Keep with your wonderful sewing, it will help. I am physically disabled, and my quilting helps me remember that I have worth. When I am in my sewing room I do not think of the outside world. Sometimes my pain is worse after sewing, but it is worth it. I will keep you in my heart and prayers.

  23. Thank you for sharing your story and beautiful fabric collection! Wistful Winds is sure to be a success! I would be tickled to create projects with it!

  24. Thank you for your story. I am glad you found a way through the sadness and have found some light with your design skills. These are lovely fabrics and mean so much now we know the story.

  25. So sorry for all your pain. I too lost a baby at 16 weeks. Such a sad loss. Beautiful fabric for remembering!!

  26. Your post touched me deeply. I am so very sorry for your losses and pain. Your fabric collection is lovely, especially knowing the significance behind it.

  27. Thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us Shari. How beautifully you’ve illustrated your emotions on fabric and how fitting a name for the line.

  28. Thank you for sharing this moving story. I’m so happy you have begun to find joy again. Your fabric is beautiful and meaningful.

  29. What a beautiful line!! I absolutely adore the back story and I am already planning projects for this pattern. My husband and I also went through fertility treatments and IVF, this fabric line is a wonderful way to express and get through the drastic ups and downs of the process. Thank you for sharing something so near and dear to your heart.

  30. I can see the love that went into the fabric designs! Amazing that you created such beauty out of your pain and loss. Thank you for sharing your story.

  31. My sister is going through this and I feel for her so deeply. This is an amazingly sweet collection! Thank you for making something so beautiful out of your heart wrenching experience. Thank you!

  32. Such sorrow but love and good heals all! Your new line is beautiful and I would love to create something with it! Fingers crossed

  33. I’m so sorry for your losses, I need to make a fat jeans pillow, it will be a good goal to loosing weight. Love your Aurifil embroidery I will need to get that to go with your beautiful fabric line.

  34. You are an inspiration❣❣ I had a miscarriage 40 years ago and back then there was not a lot of talk about the little person you thought was coming. It took many years for me to realize some of my ups and downs was due to a grief not really expressed. Your fabric is more beautiful because of the story behind it. Thanks for telling your story.

  35. Inspired touched and humbled. God bless you and your family. How to turn a negative into a positive. Nailed it. X

  36. You’ve taken your grief and made something beautiful and positive from it. Such a wonderful story explaining the thought behind each of the designs. Thanks for sharing that and thank for the giveaway!

  37. Your story is so moving and personal, I don’t know what to say! Sometimes it is the worst experiences in life that bring out the best of us, maybe it is a price that we must pay? I don’t know, but I am genuinely inspired by you, thank you so much.

  38. I’m so happy that you found a way to celebrate those four little nes you were never given the chance to hold. I’m wistful that I never came even that close to holding a child of mine. Happy wishes for you and your husband in the future.

  39. Life often throws us a curve ball and we find ourselves in a dark place. I was there twice and felt like there was no answer. Lost 2 babies at 5 months each time. Felt the loss incredibly because being so far along, I was feeling movement. It was my faith in God that pulled me out of my hole. Like you, I looked for the positive. Your love and spirit are reflected in your craft. (Beautiful) God bless you!

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