Fiesta Fun Fabric Collection

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Need a little color in your Wednesday?
You’ve come to the right place!  I’ve been talking about my new fabric collection–FIESTA FUN–for a few months, but here is a big old official blog post with all the details!  I like big old official things.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Fiesta Fun is my second fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.
And we’ve created an Info + Gallery Page HERE, with fabric swatches, where to buy fabric, and tons of project inspiration and links.
Also, if you look up at the top of this page, the menu has a new update. Now if you click on My Fabrics, you’ll see options to go to each collection’s gallery page. Yay!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Growing up in Southern California, I always loved the Mexican culture—the bright colors, the food, the floral designs, the people.  And now that we live in Texas, I get to enjoy the blended beauty of Mexican culture in this state as well.

What I’m attracted to specifically with Mexican design is the use of color. They have a wonderful way of mixing bold tones with pastels (and every shade in between) and making it work!  With this collection you get many of those combinations—cobalt blue next to mint green.  Or tangerine contrasted with peach.  It’s a rainbow of fun.

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Here are some favorites in the collection (if I’m allowed to play favorites?):

• Mexican Dress – Inspired by beautiful Mexican embroidered shirts and dresses, I wanted to create something with similar flair, but with my own twist.  Think how amazing this would be if you embroidered ON TOP of the design!  (I’ve already started that and can’t wait to share.)  And….I can’t decide if I like the colorful version or the two-tone blue + white better!  Bonus with the blue—it comes in knit! (insert blue heart emoji 5 times)

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

• Citrus Sunrise –  This print was inspired by the three giant grapefruit trees my grandma had in her Arizona backyard when I was growing up. Every summer, after spending a month swimming in her pool, and jumping on her trampoline, and making lame music videos with her record player… she’d send us back home across the desert with a box of citrus in our family van. I’m pretty sure my mom was the only one who ate them. But I always loved that smell!…and the color.

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabric
• Papel Picado + Zocalo – these two prints remind me of a festive party set-up in a town square, or a fiesta in your backyard.  The design is inspired by the amazing creation of papel picado folk art—which in Spanish means “Paper” and “Punched”.  So these banners are made of cut-out patterns and intricate designs.

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

There are four different Papel Picado colors, which is awesome because you can use them to make your own simple garland!  Just cut out little rectangles and sew them together in a strand with bias tape.  Done!

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
• Piñata Confetti + Happy Streamers – you know I love simple shapes, and color, and I love a party!….so confetti and streamers only seemed natural.  This print is fun on its own, and amazing as a binding (see first photo).

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And of course there’s so much more to share and sew with this collection–since there are 16 fabrics total.
If you’re new to purchasing designer fabrics, I have a list of shop links here.
And to get your creative wheels spinning, just click around on the Gallery page.  There are so many free tutorials and patterns with many of those photos.  When you’re done, check out the Boardwalk Delight Gallery we created as well!

And one day I’ll get around to sharing about Fall Quilt Market, where I saw my fabrics in person for the first time.  But that’s a whole separate post.
Have a happy day!

P.S. Want a chance to win some Fiesta Fun fabric?? Make sure you’re subscribed to the newsletter!

Fiesta Fun Fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

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!