Blog Party: Dresses and Dolls and Mini Popsicles

Boardwalk Delight Fabric by Dana Willard
(photo by My Sweet Sunshine and Little Lizard King)

We are officially back in Texas and back in school.
Which means back down to business.  And it’s a good thing because this week (and last week) there are tons of great Boardwalk Delight projects to share with you!

If you’re new around here, I’m hosting a Boardwalk Blog Party to celebrate the release of my first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Boardwalk Delight.  Throughout the month some of my favorite blogging friends and I will be sharing projects using these fabrics.

And right out of the gates….or the ice cream parlor?….is this darling doll by Kid Giddy.

Ahhh!  She’s so stinking cute!
Her name is Sprinkles.

Kid Giddy Doll with Boardwalk Delight fabric on MADE everyday

And I can’t handle the mini popsicle made from the Flavor of the Day fabric!  Kerry is so great at the details.  Her post even has a tutorial/tips for some of the clothing details (and maybe some shots of the tiny belly button), cause Kerry is just good like that.  Head over to see more.  Thank you Kid Giddy!


Next is the perfect end-of-summer project by Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit.  It’s a Memory Quilt.  And I just about died when she sent me this photo!

Boardwalk Delight Summer Quilt by the Sewing Rabbit on MADE Everyday

What a cool way to recap all the fun things you did as a family, mixing it together with Boardwalk fabrics.  I love this Jess!  Everything, and all of it. Especially his expression.   I may need to start this tradition as well!…after the photo book I said I would have finished by end of summer…
Head over to The Sewing Rabbit for the tutorial.


Next is a small tribute to one of my fabric prints in the group: Ice Cream Shop.
It’s so simple, which is what I love, and captures all the colors of the collection.
It reminds me of many mid-century tiled walls I’ve seen down by the beach and boardwalk.

Boardwalk Delight Ice Cream Shop fabric

And I was so happy when a few friends asked to try out the print in the KNIT version.
Yes! The collection has three prints in Knits.  You can see them all here.

—And NOTE— You can purchase fabrics from this collection in a variety of online shops and etsy.  Find a list of shops here.

So with this super soft Art Gallery knit, Kristin from Skirt as Top made this darling maxi dress.

Oh, I love Kristin.  She’s just normal and cool….and makes such classic, cute, good clothes. You can always count on a homerun from her.

I want this in my size!  Head over to see more.

Boardwalk Delight maxi dress by Kristin Timm

And if that dress wasn’t enough, here’s another Ice Cream Shop take by Jessica of Craftiness is Not Optional.  Love it!  Again, simple, to the point, and perfect.  That’s my kind of sewing!  And adorable photos as usual!  I got to room with Jessica at a blogging conference a few years ago and she is just fantastic.  Also down-to-earth like Kristin.  And I mean, look at these kids?!  Too cute.  Head over for more details.

Boardwalk Delight dress by Jessica Christian of Craftiness is Not Optional

And I hate to keep saying “I just about died when she sent me these photos”….but seriously, do you not love this photo??  Melissa of Melly Sews said she was going to make something for her backyard patio, and then she sent this!  A Boho Fringe Table Runner.  LOVE.

Boardwalk Delight Table Runner by Melly Sews

It’s just so pretty! And cool and fun.  Melissa is such a great part of this sewing community.  She is database of information and makes awesome patterns.  And she’s just fun to talk to.
Head over to her blog for the details!


And finally, I have to share a slew of photos from these two ladies: Alexis + Cassie.
Because they saved my stressed out life this spring when I realized I had to prepare a quilt market booth and make/take photos for the Boardwalk Delight Lookbook.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection Look Book

Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine and Cassie of Little Lizard King are both pattern designers, amazing sewers, and well, awesome photographers and ice cream wranglers as well.

When I needed help, the two of them jumped in and said they each wanted to sew a few outfits…and that they had a San Diego location in mind for photos, etc.  They totally nailed it!  Many fantastic photos in the Lookbook are by these two.  You can see Alexis’s creations on her site here.

Boardwalk Delight I Scream You Scream shirt by Alexis Wright

I love seeing what she sews for her daughter Taylor, who is one year older than Lucy, cause it gives me a glimpse of what’s coming.  Looks like KID Shorts still work!  Such beautiful kids.  And that toothless grin on her son is hard to beat!

Flavor of the Day shirt by Alexis Wright

But so are these sweet faces.  I LOVE these two outfits on Cassie’s girls.  I mean she had me at Eat-it-All skinny pants….but then she also threw in this Clara Top which is so crazy cute!  And it’s called Clara!  I have to love it.
You can find links to all of these patterns in the Look Book.

Boardwalk Delight Look Book on MADE Everyday

To add the cherry on top, Cassie just released a new pattern called the Double Scoop Dress and Top using all Boardwalk Delight Fabrics for the photos and inspiration!  There are many fun variations of this dress.  So head over for all the details!

Double Scoop Dress Pattern by Little Lizard King

Annnnnd.  That’s a candy shop wrap for now.
Thank you ladies for making so many fun things!
I’ll be sharing photos on instagram as well….you can find me @made_everyday.
And tag your photos with  #boardwalkdelightfabrics.

Read more about Boardwalk Delight here.
Find stores that carry Boardwalk Delight here.
Watch the Boardwalk Delight video here.

Have a yummy day!

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection BLOG Party on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

New Video: How to make a Popsicle Cozy

How to make a Popsicle Cozy on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard


My kids (and husband) love ice pops, and popsicles.
And these italian ices are their favorite.

But they often complain about cold fingers while they’re eating.
I know, I know.  There are far larger problems in life.
And good things require some sacrifice.

But these are so classic, fun, and simple to make, I just had to share how.
In fact, it would be really fun to sew up a bunch and gift them to a neighbor with a box of ice pops!

How to make popsicle cozies on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Baby Lock sewing machines

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Blog Party: Rae’s dress + Cherie’s shorts + Amy’s Quilt

Candy Dots fabric inspiration on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Okay, more Boardwalk Delight Blog Party fun.
Because ahhh….I can’t believe that school starts in about one week for us!
Let’s milk the summer fun as long as possible.

And let’s talk about Candy Dots.

Candy Dots Fabric from Boardwalk Delight collection by Dana Willard of MADE Everyday

I knew I wanted to have some sort of polka dots in the Boardwalk Delight collection.
And well, giant candy dots emerged.  They totally remind me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

And Cherie of You and Mie used the candy dots fabric for two really fun projects.
You have to click over for her darling double-layer skirt.
And.  Ahhh!  Can you handle these shorts??? So stinking cute!
Go see (and eat?) more here.
Love it all Cherie.

Racer Shorts by You and Mie on MADE Everyday
Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection BLOG Party on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

And now how about a quilt??
I absolutely love to see what quilters do with these fabrics because quilting is not my forte, as of yet.
And now that I see people quilt with them, it’s made me think about the design process differently.
If it were up to me, I’d have 10 fabrics all with really large prints.
But that doesn’t always work when you’re pairing fabrics together, and piecing little pieces together.

Boardwalk Delight fabric collection by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday

So I love to see what you guys come up with!
And Amy at Diary of a Quilter but this really cool star quilt.  I don’t even know where to start making something like this!  Good thing there are people like Amy to share that with us.

>Quilt by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter on MADE Everyday

I’m sure you know about Amy already. But she is just the sweetest and really fun to chat with!  I met her recently at a Baby Lock event and love her!
So go check out her quilt…and the pic of her son chilling on top of it.

And last up is the I Scream, You Scream print.
–you can see a list of places to buy any of the Boardwalk Delight fabric HERE

I had no idea this would be the most popular fabric in the group.

Boardwalk Delight fabric I scream You scream fabric by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday

The design started as empty cones.
And then I added stripes.
And then I added colors.

fabric design process

And they were all fun/cute….but I really loved it best when I removed the stroke lines and only went with a fill.
I scream You scream fabric design process on MADE Everyday

This design process is a great exploration, discovering which design styles I love most.  And I think I’m a “strokes” OR “fill” kind of gal.
And I love seeing all those cones rolled out on my studio floor.

I scream You scream fabric from Boardwalk Delight fabric collection by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday

But I love it even more when I see what you’re making with the fabric…
Like this darling creation by Made-by-Rae!

I Scream You Scream dress by Made by Rae

She emailed me before the fabric was even out and said “Clementine has been asking for an ice cream birthday party for months…..I might need that fabric…..”
YES!  I Scream, You Scream fabric is in the mail!
I love a girl that’s been planning her own birthday party for half the year.

So head over to see it all on Made by Rae!

And check out the #boardwalkdelightfabrics tag on instagram to see what everyone is making.
Thanks for joining the party ladies!

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics