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!

  1. 1) Brenda

    I made your knit pencil skirt out of this print, and I looooove it….well, I love all of my knit pencil skirts from your tutorial for that matter, but this print has the perfect sampling of vibrant colors!

    • 2) Dana

      Awesome! That’s so great to hear. Maybe I need an ice cream shop skirt too 🙂 ……

  2. 3) NIkki

    I just ordered some of your beautiful fabrics, and I got this one to make a tank top for me for this summer! They’re all so lovely it was hard to pick. 😉

  3. 4) Heather @ What Does She Do All Day?

    I just got 2 yards of this last week (in knit) and I can’t decide what I want to do with it!!

  4. 5) Ashley

    Will you be at Quiltcon? I’m coming to meet you if you are!!

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