Dragonfly Dreams Becomes a Reality

Hey everyone! I’m back at it in the studio today after a nice weekend hanging out with my family and relaxing at home. I’ve been working on putting the final touches on projects I’m trying to wrap up, along with getting all my ducks in a row to start some new ones. It always feels so good to finish a project that I’ve put my blood, sweat, and tears into. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction (along with a bit of relief) when I’m finally able to send one of my quilts out into the world. As you know, no matter their size stitching projects can certainly be a lot of work… not to mention time-consuming! That’s why one of the biggest rewards of making a quilt is finally reaching that finishing stitch.

Out of everything I’ve been working on I’m especially proud of Dragonfly Dreams,” an ongoing project from one of my previous subscription wool boxes. I’ve been working on Dragonfly Dreams for quite some time now – just about two years to be exact (that’s 12 wool boxes)! It was designed based on an antique that Jess found at one of the antique quilt shows we attended together a few years ago. She saw the quilt first and immediately came to find me – full well knowing it would be love at first sight the minute I laid eyes on it. In hindsight, as soon as Jess so firmly insisted that I go take a look at the quilt, I should have known it would be coming home with me. Needless to say, I didn’t have to “look” very long before it was being packaged up.

If you know me at all you know that some of the things I am most passionate about in life are my antique quilts – especially when I find one that I know is special. I love to look at them and imagine their possibilities. By possibilities I’m referring to when I look at the design or pattern of something and think, how can I make this again but different…and better? I am well aware of the limited supplies stitchers had to work with back in the old days and I will never stop appreciating it. There were no fancy machines or computers. They used what little they had and still were still able to accomplish some amazing quilts.

I find so much joy and inspiration from these historic antique heirlooms that I’ve managed to accumulate over 800 of them in my personal collection. They not only get my creative juices flowing when I look at them, but I also simply just like to be around them. The antique I based Dragonfly Dreams on is very old. Its has a beautiful and unique design featuring a floral motif that is all embroidered with some garish colors of thread. As soon as I saw this old gem my imagination went wild, and the idea Dragonfly Dreams for was born. I knew I wanted to do something a lot like it because I love the outdoors and have a certain affection for flora and wildlife. What a perfect way to pay tribute to both nature, and to quilters of times past than with a remake of such a beautiful classic?

My love of flowers and garden creatures comes alive in the 49 blocks of Dragonfly Dreams.” The blocks are simple, straightforward, and all fun to stitch in their own way. Much like the original quilt, this version features an array of flowers with the addition of a winged critter here and there.

One of the things I like most about the antique version is the crazy stitching between the blocks. As you can see I kept the style going in Dragonfly Dreams.” Just how crazy you want to get with your embellishments is up to you. You can add a lot to your blocks, or just a little according to what you like. I know it looks like a lot of stitching and like it would take a lot of time, but I have news for you – it really doesn’t! In fact, if you’re looking for a great way to improve your embellishment skills, this project is a great choice. Trust me, you become super efficient after stitching the same thing over and over again a bazillion times…and the best part is, you’re done before you even know what happened!

Despite the similarities between the two quilts, you can see some obvious differences as well. Considering that we are blessed with so many more thread and wool varieties now than in years past, the doors to color and design choice are pretty much wide open in comparison. As you can see, I took from some of the original artist’s design and style, but I also added a lot of my own to really help the quilt come to life in a new way. In addition, modern technology and the talented machine quilters of today add another layer of awesomeness to this quilt that would never have been able to be accomplished years ago.Special thanks to Wendy Fuller, the amazing quilter who helped make this beautiful quilt the work of art it is today. I couldn’t have done it without her! After accomplishing something as different and unique as Dragonfly Dreams I am always brimming with satisfaction. Obviously, stitching a few blocks of a quilt at a time can create a beautiful work of art, but for me the real satisfaction is the connection I feel with the person who stitched the original. My quilts are my way of honoring them and their talents.

So what do you think? Is this your next big project on deck? Let me know in the comments if you plan to do this project or if you already have it proudly out on display. Don’t let its beauty fool you! It really is a fun and easy quilt – especially if you love to hand stitch and appreciate minimal piecing. Plus at 60″ x 60″, it’s not an overly huge quilt, yet still large enough to be functional. Annnnd just so you know, right now if you purchase the kit for Dragonfly Dreams the pattern is included in the kit price (you’re welcome)! 🙂 Note: Dragonfly Dreams is still a pre-order but as of today we anticipate that it should ship by March, 2023 which gives you plenty of time to get it done for spring or summer décor. You can get everything you need to get started on your own version of Dragonfly Dreams by clicking the button below!Like I mentioned above, Dragonfly Dreams was originally and ongoing project from one of my past Wool Box Subscription boxes. If you’re a fan of working with wool but haven’t yet checked these awesome boxes out, I highly recommend that you do before we fill completely up! Wool Boxes are released every other month and focus primarily on wool and stitchery. They contain as close as we can get to $100 worth of wool-based goodies, and are made up of all new projects that have not been previously released. Projects include at least one major project kit and pattern, a pattern for an ongoing project, novelties, and more! Our Wool Boxes consist mostly of Primitive Gatherings products and patterns, but we may also have guest designers and products as well in future boxes. I know you’re interested… Here are the details:

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  • Boxes will ship every other month starting in January. Subscriptions will continue until you email us and request to cancel.
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Well everyone, I hope your day went well. Have you noticed the days are getting longer all of a sudden? As I’m sitting here wrapping things up for the evening I can’t help but notice how bright and sunny it still is outside. Amazing, since only a couple of short months ago (not even) it was just about fully dark by this time of day. Not to mention it’s been pretty dreary otherwise so it’s a nice change of scenery. Spring is definitely on the way folks! Not sure I’m ready to put away my skis for the season quite yet, but sometimes Mother Nature makes the choice for us… What can you do? Anyway, have a great evening and I will see you later this week. Until then, you have one assignment – stitch every day. No excuses! I know you can do it… See you soon! ~Lisa

…in With the New!

Hey everyone, I hope you had a nice weekend! Most of you know that I was feeling less than adequate by the middle of last week, so I was pretty relieved once Friday evening came rolling in. I’m not usually one to spend my weekends laying around, but I’ll be the first to admit that is exactly what I did for the last couple of days. I am notorious for not allowing myself enough time to recuperate after an illness so I’ve been trying super hard to take it as easy as I can so that I don’t end up making myself sick again. Despite the logic in that, you know it hasn’t necessarily been easy for me to relent to what my body needs versus what my brain wants. Tale as old as time…

Thanks again for bearing with the time change last week for my LIVE show on Friday. If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, no worries. You can always catch the replay by hitting the STITCH button at the end of my post. I went over a bunch of new projects that I’ve been impatiently waiting to release to you for a while now. If you’re unable to watch, no worries. I’ll go through them here for you, one by one.

Let’s start with one of the latest additions to my clipboard banner series called, It’s a Good Day.” I love this banner! I’m a firm believer that a huge factor in finding true happiness in your life is simply choosing it on a daily basis. It’s a Good Dayreminds us that every day is a good day to be happy…

This banner is great if you need a gift in between holidays for a birthday or other occasion, or – just because! It’s easy to cheer someone up. It’s a Good Daymakes it easier than ever! At 12″ x 12″ this banner fits perfectly on one of Scotty’s custom built clipboards, which makes displaying it fast and convenient – especially if you already have the board for other projects. If not, you can easily order it along with the pattern and kit for by selecting “add clipboard” when making your order selections.

If you’re a fan of my seasonal clipboard series and want to keep adding to it, check out All Things Pumpkin.” This seasonal banner features all things…gourd really. LOL! Basically any kind of “pumpkin-like” fruit that we see here in WI around the harvest time.

I had a lot of fun making each and every one of the little cuties adorning this autumn-themed banner, and you will too! Plus, at the manageable size of 12″ x 12″ if you’re new to wool appliqué, this is a great project to get some good practice in without making a huge commitment. Ready to get started? Click above to add All Things Pumpkin to your hanging banner collection!

Next up we have a cute little project that I came up with simply called, Wool Bucket and Rotary Cutter Case.” I’ll admit that it took me a try or two to get this one figured out just right so that the sides were stiff enough but I’m really happy with the final product. The outside of the basket is wool, and the inside is soft flannel.

I designed this project so that when you order the kit you end up with enough for two projects in the end, rather than a bunch of waste. After you’re done with the basket you should have plenty left over from the kit to also get an adorable wool appliquéd rotary cutter holder out of it. I really love the idea of projects that yield more than one thing in the end to show for all your hard work and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint! It makes a great gift or the perfect functional project to keep for yourself.

Looking for a mini-charm friendly project? Try Mini Scrappy Pouch.” This project is pretty much exactly as the title reads – a mini pouch made using a mini charm (plus your binding and lining) perfect for keeping all sorts of things safe and sound all in the same place. There’s no such thing as too many zipper pouches in my humble opinion – I have them everywhere! I keep thread, needles, other notions, bobbins… anything I need to keep contained really – all safe and sound in these little babies. They’re super fast to put together and make perfect gifts for your stitcher friends. Plus, they’re PERFECT for traveling! Grab one for you and a few more to give away. Each comes with a zipper charm to make it extra personal. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned quilter, you can’t go wrong with Mini Scrappy Pouch!

Moving on to some larger scale projects, we have Nantucket Summer,” a quilt originally from our quilt box subscription that is now finally available to the rest of the world. It offers a simple yet eye-pleasing design derived from everyone’s favorite – half-square triangles!

This quilt can conveniently be done using just a charm pack. It’s not a difficult quilt to do but if you’re one of those people who’s not a huge fan of half-square triangles, I highly recommend using my 1 1/4″ half-square triangle paper, which you can find by clicking HERE. To order Nantucket Summer click the link above!

On With 2022 is one of my favorite projects from last year’s wool box, and it just so happened to be the on-going project. This wool appliqué runner features hexis, wool pennies, stars, fancy stitches, and a rainbow of color to dazzle your mind’s eye.

There was a ton of interest in this runner so it makes me happy to finally be able to share it with you. If you do decide to tackle this beauty please be aware that the background wool color and texture included in the kit is subject to change. Also, the Homespun backing is not provided in the kit for this one so if you would like the backing fabric, please make sure to select and put that in your cart. You will need 1/3 yard.

Many of you have heard me talking about my 1883 project from our exclusive Special Edition gift box earlier this winter and after hearing all the rave reviews it’s gotten, I’m sure you’re anxious to get your hands on it. Well, wait no longer! 1883 is now available for purchase as an individual project!

Featured on one of Scotty’s custom designed display boards, 1883 was lovingly designed around the spin-off of one of my favorite shows of all time, Yellowstone! It features a pretty floral motif with a handsome spring robin and is done with wool appliqué. As a little bonus, you’ll also be able to squeeze out the matching pin cushion with any excess wool left over from your kit. As you can see I used the 1883 date on the main project, and this year’s date on the pincushion. How will you date yours?

Did you see anything that you’re extra excited about? Let me know in the comments what caught your eye and what you think your next project is going to be. Remember, if you’d like to see those projects a bit more in detail, don’t forget you can always go back and watch me go through them on last week’s episode of STITCH with Lisa by hitting the link below.

Ok folks, that’s it for today! This girl is exhausted. The good news is, Captain Crab Ass is actually Captain Sweetie Pie today, since he is at home as we speak preparing pork chops, green beans and mashed potatoes for dinner… And yes, without even being asked! We might pick on the poor guy a lot around here but trust me – it’s all good. He knows he’s loved. Have a great night everyone and I will see you all again soon! Until then, take care and have a lovely evening. ~Lisa