Wistful Winds | The Inspiration

by Shari |

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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