Blog Party: that Baby Romper + Ice Cream Pillow + FREE pattern

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard

We’ve got about one more week of the Boardwalk Blog Party.  So let’s keep the soft serve coming!

If you’re looking for shops that carry Boardwalk Delight Fabrics, check out this post here.
And when the Party wraps up, I’ll share a post with links to all the fun projects so they’re easy to find.

Okay.  Back to Ice Cream Cones.
I talked out the I Scream, You Scream print here, and how it’s quickly become the favorite print in the collection.  Maybe it’s that icy mint background?  Or maybe just that we all want ice cream?  All the time?  Yea, that’s probably it.

And how darling is this little dress by Adrianna of Hey June??

First Day Dress pattern on MADE Everyday

She used the First Day Dress Pattern, which means I definitely need to try this out for Clara. And oh that hat, and the shoes, and the smile. The photo is so darling. Love it Adrianna!

And since we’re talking cones, how about your favorite flavor?
This Flavor of the Day design is also a favorite in the collection.  And surprisingly, it took me the longest to create!  Haah.  Probably due to my novice Illustrator skillz.  But we’re getting there.

And you know, handlettered graphics are a mysterious creature.

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

If you’re like me I’m wondering….did they actually write that? With their own hand?  Or is that a font they found somewhere?  Did they draw it on paper first and then scan it into the computer?  Many good questions.

Well.  Nothing mysterious here.  I did handwrite the flavor names (and a bunch more that we didn’t use)  I used a paintbrush in Illustrator and wrote them digitally on my Bamboo Pad.  But some designers choose to write on paper first and then digitize.  It’s just personal preference.

And the overall look was based on this photo I took while in Victoria, BC last summer visiting Butchart Gardens.  His and Hers cones.

Ice Cream Flavor of the Day fabric inspiration on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Please excuse the chipped nails and dim lighting.  And please, if you ever go to BC, Canada visit Butchart Gardens and stick around for the fireworks.  You will love it. And get the Pineapple Coconut and the Wildberry ice cream as you stroll the beautiful flower gardens.  YUM.

I wanted the background color of this fabric design to be charcoal gray, like a chalkboard menu, with bright pops of volor.  And after creating the design I totally envisioned it used for all sorts of children’s items—onesies, crib sheets, receiving blankets, bibs, etc.

So I was super happy when Caroline of Sew Caroline used it for this:

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Collection with Art Gallery Fabrics by Dana Willard

What a happy photo!!  Her daughter Tinsley is a doll.  Ahhh.

Caroline is a fellow Art Gallery designer and also loves to create colorful, cherry fabrics….like her Happy Home collection which I used here.  And the Gleeful Collection I used on these two shirts here.   And I love what she did with both the Flavor of the Day print and the Ice Cream Shop knit.  Check out more pics on her blog!

Now how about Flavors and cones together??
As I’ve mentioned before I love see what quilters do.  And look at these cute pillows that Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook made for her daughter’s bed.  So much fun!

Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery fabrics

And that Ice Cream Cone pillow she “free handed”?  Delicious!  Oh Andrea, you’ve got so many good ideas in that notebook.  Thank you for sharing.
Head over to her site for more info.

The Eat-it-All print.

Eat it All fabric from Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

This was one of the first things I drew….because my childhood was full of cheap “eat-it-all” cake cones from Thrifty’s….which is now Rite Aid, but still sells Thrifty brand ice cream. But you can’t buy it at all Rite Aids….mostly only in California?  I think?

Well, this summer we stopped at Rite Aid for a treat and Lucy looked at me, MOM!  Look at what the cone says!  Eat. It. All!  Haah.  I guess she needs more ice cream exposure in her life.

So, with the Eat it All fabric print, Shannon of Very Shannon made these awesome Pocket Potholders.  And she has a FREE pattern on her site.

Pocket Potholders FREE pdf pattern by Very Shannon on MADE Everyday

She even has a shot of her husband in there.  I love it when the dads get in the mix.

And Shannon.  Oh Shannon.  Love her.  We go way back to when I first started blogging in 2008.  We check in on each other every so often….and last summer when I went to Canada, guess what??   We met up for lunch!  It was so awesome.
And funny enough, I mentioned in our lunch conversation that I was hoping to create a fabric line, all about ice cream and treats but that it was just in the early stages.  And she gave me great advice about pursuing the things that make me happy and to go for it!
So thank you Shannon.
This cone’s for you.

Boardwalk Delight Fabrics on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Okay, check out other Boardwalk Blog Party posts here, here, and here.
And stayed tuned next week for a fabric giveaway!

  1. 1) Stephanie

    Your fabric is so adorable. I’m so sad the summer is almost over. That romper is way too cute. Thank you for sharing! I love reading all of your creativity.

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