Ice Cream Shop Fabric

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Good morning my friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

Two items to discuss on today:

1. The winner of the Scandinavian Gatherings book giveaway is:

#74 – Heather, who said “We have a crew of Scandinavian fans in this house. This book looks like it would be fun for us all.”

Congrats! And thank you all for entering. It was interesting to see how many of you have Scandinavian background, or share a love for their design. I can’t wait to show you my next fabric collection (which doesn’t come out till August)…because it has a very minimalist, modern-retro Scandinavian vibe. Ahhhh! But before I get ahead of myself, discussion point #2…..

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

2. Fabric.

Haah. I guess we were already talking about that.

But let’s talk Boardwalk Delight. I have so many photos from the Look Book that I have never shared. So today let’s chat about the Ice Cream Shop print.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

This was actually the first design I made for the collection, which seems a bit weird. You’d think I’d start with ice cream cones, or popsicles, or something that feels like a “main print.” But I guess that’s what I love about this print—it IS sort of like a main print, or it can be the supporting cast.
(Everyday Necktie pattern)

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Basically, I love simple designs and I love color. So that’s how this print came to be. I was inspired by the many mosaic walls I’ve seen down by the beach where I grew up.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And while I wanted to call it “cute tile wall where you want to take an Instagram photo”….I thought “Ice Cream Shop” would flow a little better.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

I love the different ways it’s being featured in apparel. Aaah how cute is this dress with the back circle cutout?? Alexis made it for the look book. The coral ribbon she chose is a perfect complement!

Ice Cream Shop is one of three prints in the collection that comes in a knit. If you haven’t gotten a chance to sew with Art Gallery’s cotton/spandex jersey knit, you’re in for a TREAT. It’s amazingly soft and a perfect t-shirt weight! That’s what Caroline’s swingy tunic is made from.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop knit sewn by SewCaroline - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

So it’s great as a the main fabric, or it’s perfect as a complimentary/blender fabric.  Anna used the quilting cotton as a lining trim on her amazing bag here:

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Poolside Tote by Anna Graham - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

The quilting cotton is great for so many things besides quilting! One of the things I get asked often is whether it can be used for apparel, and the answer is definitely YES. Art Gallery quilting cotton is really fine, soft, premium quality stuff.  I think you’ll be thrilled with how well it works for clothes.   Like this crazy cool shirt on my brother Mark….
Ahhh! I love this!

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

The pattern is the Negroni Shirt from Colette Patterns, and Teri Dodds sewed it up masterfully for the look book.  I’m claiming it as “the new Hawaiian shirt.”

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

I mean, how about that back??  I love how the shirt plays with every direction of the print… horizontal, vertical, bias. And then bias the other way!

And speaking of stripe play….think this is too much?

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - Ice Cream Shop print - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

I couldn’t resist.
Is it summer yet??

Boardwalk Delight fabrics are available in fabric stores across the U.S. and in many locations internationally, as well. You can look up Art Gallery retailers here, or specifically online shops here if that’s more convenient for you. I know that currently these places have Ice Cream Shop in stock:

Fabric.com
Hawthorne Threads
Fat Quarter Shop
Llama Fabrics

Also, check other sellers on Etsy!


Fun new update – I now have a headquarters for the Boardwalk Delight collection. I have wanted to create this for a long time! Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection - designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

 


 

Boardwalk Delight was my first fabric collection, manufactured and distributed by Art Gallery Fabrics. You can read more about it here. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when I have new fabric collections available. I sometimes run sales and giveaways there too!

Scandinavian Gatherings

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

One of the things I love most about creating is inspiration. It can be found in SO many places….in nature, on buildings, on a grocery cart in Norway, while people-watching (one of my favorite hobbies when traveling).

beautiful fruit in Scandinavia - photo from MADE Everyday with Dana

And how often have you seen wrapping paper and art work that you wished were fabric??  Happens to me daily.

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

And it totally happened when I opened this book.  Ahhh!  The Scandinavian artwork on the inside cover is amazing, and inspiring.  And this is a cook book!  Well, it’s sort of a cookbook, meets craft book, meets DIY, and all things beautiful—it’s like all my favorite worlds colliding under one cover.
It’s called Scandinavian Gatherings by my friend Melissa Bahen (who you might know as LuLu the Baker)

Scandinavian Gatherings book by Melissa Bahen on MADE Everyday

I’ve always loved Scandinavian design. When I was in Oslo a few years ago, I felt like I was home. If you’ve ever experienced that, it’s a strange feeling (you can read more about that in my previous post here).  Of course in lieu of that, I travel there via IKEA every chance I can get…no passport required and it’s cheaper. Usually!

But there is so much to love about the Scandinavian culture, food, and design.  And this book totally captures that.  It’s one of those books you just want to crawl into….and smell the beautiful flowers, help set the table, slice off a chunk of the fresh bread.

OK, maybe the bread first.

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

A few of the recipes I can’t wait to try:

• Cardamom Marshmallows

• Spiced Apple Coffee Cake

• Blueberry Custard Pie (highest on the priority list!)

• Ham, Havarti, and Chive Breakfast Casserole

• Mom’s Maple-Pecan Rings

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with DanaScandinavian Gatherings book by Melissa Bahen on MADE Everyday

The subtitle of the book is “From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations.”  Which is so cool.   I love learning more about other cultures and everyday customs….especially when it involves darling little mugs .

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

And Melissa shows you how to make them yourself.  All the templates for the same flowers are in the back of the book—including a template for that amazing tray on the cover. YES.

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

She also shares how to make hand-crafted candles, coasters, banners and flower crowns.  And there’s even a section on St. Lucia day, which you know I love.
Scandinavian Gatherings book by Melissa Bahen on MADE Everyday
Scandinavian Gatherings book by Melissa Bahen on MADE EverydayScandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

Scandinavian Gatherings is one of those perfect gift books, that you want to give to everybody that you know.
And today I want to gift one, to one of you!

GIVEAWAY RULES:
• Leave a comment! That’s it!
• Only one entry per person
• Open to U.S. residents only
• Winner will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10pm Central Time

Good luck!

Scandinavian Gatherings book - review and giveaway from MADE Everyday with Dana

Thanks Melissa, and congrats on the beautiful book!

Happy Scooter Dress

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

You guys, Clara turns five in two weeks.
FIVE!
It was actually two years ago that I posted about her having issues with speech….which I’m so happy I documented, because she has come so far from those days.  The conversations we have in the car about art projects, what clothing she likes, religion, boobs (one of her favorite topics) just make me laugh.   She is a thinker and an observer.  And she is a total goofball.  We love Clara’s quirky personality.

And lately, she’s a scootering maniac.
Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Santa brought her this micro kick scooter last Christmas and she was skeptical; wasn’t into it at all (fail).
Then one day we let her bring it into the house to cruise around, and she’s gone crazy on that thing!  She is so fast and loves to ride circles around our kitchen island….which is all fun and games, till I’m making dinner…or when it’s 6:45am and my brain is not working yet.
Ahhhh!  That kid’s energy.
Crazy Clara is what we like to call her.

So, for our Crazy Clara I made a little Scooter Dress, using knit fabric from Caroline’s new fabric collection Here Comes the Fun.


Caroline is a fellow Art Gallery Fabrics designer and it’s been fun to get to know her better these past couple of years.
She and I have a similar love for bright colors, and FUN.

She’s currently hosting a Blog Hop with other bloggers where we each get to share a project from her collection.  There are so many fun florals in her mix. But I had to go with this knit.   It’s always fun when a bundle like this shows up in the mail….along with scissors!  Yay!

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

With floral prints, it’s a bit of a riddle to strategically get the flowers in the right position, so you don’t end up with flower boobs.
(sorry/not sorry—used the word “boobs” twice in this post.)
I think the floral placement worked out okay.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

And here’s a large view for you.  I love seeing the pattern repeat….which is a fun part about fabric designing.  Do you make the flowers repeat in a grid pattern?  A brick pattern?  Random?  There are so many fun options when designing in Illustrator.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Okay, so for this dress I sort of drafted a pattern.  I took a dress from H+M that she grew out of a couple years ago and modified it a bit.
And I tried two new things this time around.  I love learning new tricks no matter how long I’ve been sewing!

• The skirt part is circle-ish, which creates less gathers at the waist but still gives you that fun twirl.
• I gathered the skirt with elastic, and then sewed it to the bodice.  LOVE THIS METHOD!  Have to do a tutorial…
• I sewed 1/4 inch bias tape around the neck, which worked. But it has room for improvement, so I’ll keep playing with that.
• For the hem, I just left the edges raw!…mostly because I cut the fabric too short (heh heh).  But that’s something I love about sewing with knits…no fraying edges!  If  you want to learn more about using knits, check out my post here and my video here.

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard

Bottom line: she totally loves this dress.
Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard
We took these photos right before school and she insisted on wearing it TO school because “it’s so soft inside.”  She said that to me about three times.  What does that say about all the other things she’s wearing??  Haah.
Really though, if you’ve ever used Art Gallery knits you know how incredibly soft they are.  Dreamy.

Thanks Caroline for the cute fabric!  And for making our scooter girl happy.
Check out the rest of the Blog Hop HERE—and make sure you enter Caroline’s giveaway so you can win fabric + scissors too!

Happy Scooter Dress in Here Comes the Fun fabric on MADE Everyday with Dana Wiillard