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Pout-Pout Fish Collection is Here!

By Casey Corey

Pout-Pout Fish Collection is Here!

A few months after The Wild Things Collection came out, I started dreaming about a new collection and couldn't get Deborah Diesen's Pout-Pout Fish out of my head. It had beautiful colors that would lend themselves nicely to handmade quilt designs. And I loved the story.

I used to read Pout-Pout Fish to my kids when they were both babies barely capable of holding their heads up. I didn't mind reading it almost daily because the story theme really resonated with me. It was this idea that we can choose our perspective during those sleep-deprived days as a milk machine with constant diaper changes (for you and the baby!). We can get lost in all of the hard work that goes into caring for a newborn. We can embrace the dreary-wearies. Or we can choose to embrace the cheery-cheeries. We can choose to embrace the anxiety, the insecurity, and the overwhelming love. You only get to do this once, might as well focus on the silver linings.

three kids quilts laying on top of each other

I began frantically doodling baby quilt designs and after a few months started to match fabric to those drawings. Three quilts and four pillows later, this collection was born.

Baby laying on a handmade quilt on the beach

The Upside Down Quilt and matching pillow cover is full of soft, gorgeous yellows and oranges. This one is a fan favorite and its easy to see why with those happy suns on the back.

purple & grey kids quilt

The Moody Purples Quilt and matching pillow cover is meant to match the big emotions of your small kids. I wanted it to feel like you were getting wrapped up in your parents' soft tee-shirts. I used lots of soft, woven cottons that are great for melting into. The back is a heavier woven cotton that gives this quilt great drape over a bed or crib. 

little girl wearing a happy quilt on the beach

The Happyish Quilt is inspired by the Pout-Pout Fish himself. Bright blues and purples. You can flip it up and turn it around, and it's a whole different pattern 

four quilted pillows in a pile on the beach

And last but certainly not least is the Better Days Quilted Pillow. This pillow has a lilac purple backing with a gold zipper. The top is quilted with regal diamond lines and elegant locally, handmade macrame is hand stitched on top. 

two kids laying on a handmade quilt on the beach

The Pout-Pout Fish Collection is designed to embrace your families for generations to come, one moment at a time. We can't wait to see them spark joy in your homes and families. Feel free to reach out with any questions: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com

 

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Your Bib Enneagram Results Are In…

By Casey Corey

Your Bib Enneagram Results Are In…

The Enneagram is a fun way to learn about yourself and the people in your life. At a basic level, it’s a way to characterize your personality. There are nine “types”. Although there are qualities that you relate to in each of the types, there is one that resonates most- that’s your “basic personality type.” I’m a 4, the “individualist”. Did you know you can tell which personality type your kids are as young as 4 or 5 years old? I find it to be a very helpful way to understand my relationships and myself. 

I was taking stock of the Casey Sheila Quilts samples I have on hand, and realized the personalities in all of these bibs were waiting to be characterized too! So without further ado, here are the baby bibs matched by Basic Personality Type: 

baby in front of crib with big bib on

  1. The ReformerThe Rational, Idealistic Type:Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic
Golden Babies Bib Set. These perfectly symmetrical golden rainbows matched with gold stripes and stars are one of the most rational and idealistic bib sets that we have. Is your expecting best friend a 1? She’s going to love this set. 

  1. The Helper: The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

Strawbabies Bib Set. You know the classroom mom who sends in Pinterest-worthy Valentine’s Day Gift Bags for all of the kids that are safe, all-inclusive and beautiful? She might be a 2. And yeah, I want to be her too. The Strawbabies likewise are perfectly matched, full of vitamin C, and of course, super cute. Can’t go wrong with the pink Strawbabies to accessorize that onesie. 

  1. The Achiever: The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Drive, and Image-Conscious

Les Fleurs Babies Bib Set. These flowers are gorgeous and pragmatic. The full package. Everything is blooming and bright. Baby is ready to try some homemade, organic baby food? She needs this set to accompany that first bite (well, more of a gum really than a bite). 

  1. The Individualist: The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

mermaid baby bibs

Mer-Babies Bib Set. Each mermaid in this set is feeling herself. They have their own personalities and they know it. They’re not hanging out with each other because most of them are introverts and need to recharge for a bit. As a 4, I don’t love the description of the 4… because really, everyone needs a 4 in their lives. We are generally great listeners and excellent cheerleaders. And also as a 4, this is one of my favorite sets (please, don’t tell the other sets I said that though). 

  1. The Investigator: The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

Purple Dino Babies Bib Set. Could dinosaurs be anything but intense? These guys are figuring out the world, just like your baby. Watching your every move, taking it all in, and then letting out a cry here and there to keep you on your toes. Maybe all babies start out as 5s and move into their real personality type as they get older?

  1. The Loyalist: The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

baby on floor with wide open drooling mouth with teal bib

Pop Babies Bib Set. The Pop Babies are committed to keeping your baby safe from drool, food, and spit up. Always on the look out, easy to wash, and reliable enough to use over and over again. Every baby needs a 6 looking out for them. 

  1. The Enthusiast: The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered

Party Babies Bib Set. I mean, this one speaks for itself. No one is sleeping tonight. It’s time for snuggles with momma and lots of milk. Let’s get the party started, am I right? 

  1. The Challenger: The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

Wild Things Bib Set. Max certainly seems like an 8. He’s not scared of those wild things. He looks them straight in the eye and tells them who’s boss. And when he’s ready to leave, he does just that. Home to momma and supper. Because that’s who loves him best of all :)

  1. The Peacemaker: The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable, and Complacent

Lazy Babies Bib Set. These sloths are stirring up any drama in your life. They’re cute and ready for the ride. Maybe new baby has a few older siblings? The sloth set might be for that baby, then. Lots of people to watch and observe as baby acclimates to life outside the womb.

 baby wearing bibs with sloths

Need some other bib suggestions? Please email casey@caseysheilaquilts.com, I’m more than happy to help you find the perfect bib set. 

 

P.S. If you’re curious about the enneagram and want to learn more, check it out: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions. Fair warning- it’s a lot of fun. 

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Pout Pout Fish Quilt Collection Sneak Peek

By Casey Corey

Pout Pout Fish Quilt Collection Sneak Peek

It had been almost six months since the Wild Things Collection launched. I was ready to start planning for the next children’s book inspired collection. I went through the all of the kids’ books that we had and polled my momma friends on their favorites. I kept coming back to one- Pout Pout Fish. I read this book all the time to Alice when she was a baby. During those long, but sweet days when it was just the two of us while on maternity leave I would read this book at least once a day. I created character voices and entertained myself. It’s hard to say if Alice was actually entertained by my reading performances, but I’m sure she enjoyed my company at the least. 

pout pout fish book with matching colored fabric

I had good memories of the book, but was it enough to inspire an entire quilt collection? I opened the very worn down book once again. The colors. They were so good. All the characters had their own color vibe going. I was really feeling Ms. Clam’s soft yellow and orange. The silver fish? And of course, Mr. Pout Pout himself.  

blue and purple fabric squares on a white background 

I thought this could be it so I started to sketch out designs. As I did, I reread the book over and over again. And I fell in love with it for a different reason- the plot line. The whole purpose of the book! I had somehow missed it during those early sleep-deprived days. The perspective message spoke to me in a whole new way. 

sun fabric with coordinating colors

I started to challenge my own perspective on parenting. Kamala Harris became Vice President as I designed and pieced this collection together. I started to think about myself, my worth as a woman, and my ability to parent my young daughter into a confident woman who confidently knew her worth. I realized I was falling quite short with the little every day things. 

purple pout pout fish fabric

Sure, I was hitting the big things or as much as you can with a three year old. Reinforcing love, kindness, and empathy. But I wasn’t modeling it. I spoke to myself in unkind ways that I would be horrified to hear Alice talk to herself. I knew I had to do better. For her and for me. 

sewing binding for the pout pout fish collection

For many personal reasons, I am so excited to share this collection with you in just a few weeks. There will be three quilt designs in four sizes: crib (30” x 50”), baby (40” x 40”), toddler (40” x 50”), and twin (70” x 90”). There will be three coordinating quilted pillow covers and a really special, fourth pillow. 

Come back soon for the full reveal of the Pout Pout Fish Collection

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How a Bearloom Inspires My Quilting

By Casey Corey

How a Bearloom Inspires My Quilting

Isn’t it funny how when one of your senses are triggered, it can bring you right back to a specific moment in time. A specific feeling. A specific emotion.

Stuffed Panda Toy and Bouncing Baby

When I was born, my grandfather brought this huge stuffed panda bear for me to the hospital (My enneagram 5 wing cringes at the thought of the impracticality of transporting that bear home). Over 30 years later, I am proud to say that bear still sits tall in my bedroom. And every day, one of my senses trigger a happy, comforting memory of my childhood with him. 

Sometimes I get a big whiff of Big Panda when I bend over to pick up the dirty laundry that’s stacked up next to him on the floor. When I do, I remember sitting next to him with my childhood dog and reading books. I loved sitting up against him to read. He was sturdy and soft- a delicate balance. My miniature dachshund would sleep in my lap as we got lost in the pages. 

Each time I touch Big Panda’s thick arm to move him or give him a little pat, I think about how I’ve brought him every where I’ve lived including my college dorm room. Even though he takes up a surprising amount of space, he has always been an essential. He probably knows me better than I know myself. 

Although I don’t have any actual taste memories of Big Panda, I’m sure I drooled all over that guy as a baby. 

Every time I hear Dylan fall on top of Big Panda, I smile to myself thinking of how I used to run at Big Panda full speed in my carpeted bedroom and launch into him. We’d roll over on top of each other and I’d burst into a fit of giggles. He was such a kind playmate. 

And whenever I see Big Panda, I’m reminded of how he’s provided me comfort throughout the years. It feels like a big bear hug just thinking about it. One day I’ll pass him on to my kids and their grandkids, and he’ll continue the tradition for them. 

big stuffed panda teddy bear with handmade quilt

If one bear who is relatively immobile and just hangs out in my room can provide all of that, can you imagine what a child’s quilt can do? Fort builder, reading side kick, good dream catcher, all around protector- a source of comfort and love. Can you imagine unpacking your child’s quilt after years of being tucked away so they can regift it to their new babies? What a treasure. Both Alice and Dylan have custom versions of the Everything Quilt. I can’t wait to see the memories that smelling their quilts 30 years from now sparks for them. Custom quilts are open for 2021, send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to get started planning today. 

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Books & Bibs

By Casey Corey

Books & Bibs

When Alice was born I questioned whether I should be reading to this really cute, but kind of a sleep, eat, poop/fart machine. I felt kind of silly talking out loud to myself- even sillier when I made up voices for the characters. She didn’t smile or give any indication that enjoyed the activity. But, I embraced the notion that kids are sponges and kept on. I can tell you that both of my kids now love books. At 3.5 years old, Alice will have you read all day to her. At 1.5 years old, Dylan loves to rip the pages out. You gotta start somewhere. 

If you’re embracing the books, then when do you read to your kids? Do you follow the popular “Bs” sleep routine: bath, book, bottle or some version thereof? Do you make-up your own story time circle when you’ve done all the activities and its only 10 am. Do you go to the local library’s story time? Maybe after nap #4 of the day? We’ve dabbled in all of the above.

What I read largely depends on the time of day. Am I desperate for a quick bed time so I can go rest for 15 minutes before cleaning up from the day? If so, then I reach for a quick book- Sandra Boynton is always good to me in that regard. If I’m starting nap time early because we’ve done all the things and the kids are destroying the house, then I’ll go for a longer one to stretch us to nap time. Maybe some Berenstain Bears. If it’s a middle of the day circle story time, then a long one with lots of characters to act out. Love the George and Martha collection.

However you break it down-  books are such a big part of our everyday lives. There are lessons to learn, heroes to love, villains to hate, dance moves to try out… stories to be told. I find them downright inspiring. Hello, Where the Wild Things Are and Pout Pout Fish collections. Even if you’re not purchasing from one of story-inspired collections, there are some really great books that might go with one of our bib sets for a unique and truly thoughtful gift (baby shower gift? new baby’s arrival gift? momma is finally accepting visitors gift? can’t visit but want the parents to know you’re thinking of them gift?):

1. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman

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Dino Babies Bib Sets.

                                         T. rex book and Dino baby bibs

 

A small T-Rex wants to give his sad, very best friend a hug, but his arms are so small. He spends most of the book working at it until he figures out how to best give his friend a hug. Doesn’t that just pull at the heart strings? The Orange and Purple Dino Babies are just waiting to give your babe a hug and comfort (I feel like I have to plug how soft our fabric is here and how the both Fleece and Terry Cloth backings are organic cotton). 

2. Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

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Pink Rainbow Babies Bib Set

wherever you are my love will find you   

 My doula gave me this book the morning Dylan was born. It’s a really sweet read on the unconditional love between a parent and child. The artwork is so good, too. The Pink Rainbow Babies sends a similar message with the sweet pink and gold rainbows. Hope, love, and growth. As Mr. Rogers says, “Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can is to let people know they are loved and capable of loving.” Oh baby, you are so loved. 

3. Big Dog…Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

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Party Babies Bib Set

 Big Dog Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

Two friends (okay, dogs) who are very different in their physical attributes and have opposite tastes love to go adventuring and spend time together. One night, they’re both in beds that are not quite right (a la Goldie Locks) and a helpful, observant bird swoops in at the end to point out the simple solution (switch beds). The Party Babies Bib Set sends a similar adventure friendship vibe. Lots of balloon animals that are different in color and facing different ways, but they’re all there having a party and enjoying their time with you and babe. 

mice family reading a bedtime story

Let me know if you have a particular book or bib in mind that I didn't mention here. Happy to help pair them up! Just send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.

Also, I am really excited for when I get to start chapter books with the kids. I’ve been waiting and waiting to introduce Alice in Wonderland to her namesake. 

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Custom Ellsworth Kelly Quilt

By Casey Corey

Custom Ellsworth Kelly Quilt

"I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it." -Ellsworth Kelly

When I was commissioned to create a custom quilt based on the artist that made huge strides in hard-edge painting, Color Field painting, and minimalism, I couldn't resist. What.a.fun.project. 

quilt getting basted with safety pins

The client wanted a quilt based on the "In and Out of Paris" painting.  According to MoMA, "After the ravages of World War II, Paris once again became the place where young artists gathered and picked up conversations about what art should be. Through contact with an older generation of avant-garde practitioners, they were exposed to the use of chance composition, primary color palettes, and geometric abstraction, which they applied in increasingly radical experiments. As artist Ellsworth Kelly remembered: “At the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, I noticed the large windows between the paintings interested me more than the art exhibited. . . . From then on, painting as I had known it was finished for me.” By the end of the 1940s, these vocabularies had opened up new spaces for abstract painting. The contacts made in Paris between artists from places as far afield as the United States, Latin America, and Eastern Europe became an ongoing network of exchange, crossing ideological divides and the boundaries created by Cold War politics."  Did I mention how fun this project was yet?

white fabric on the back of a quilt

quilt based on Ellsworth Kelly painting

The client made a few changes. We used navy blue instead of black, a super skinny white binding, and a white background with a hanging sleeve so the client can lovingly display this quilted art. A truly one of a kind, modern Casey Sheila Quilts

Send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to design your piece of art. I can't wait to see what you have been dreaming about. 

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Custom Family Heirloom Quilt

By Casey Corey

Custom Family Heirloom Quilt

Gifting a quilt is one of my greatest pleasures. A cozy piece of art that will wrap the person up with a hug every time she takes the quilt out. Something that is soft, warm, and provides the ultimate comfort. So much thought, attention, and detail goes into every quilt ever made. And the best part about gifting a quilt? It's an heirloom. It will last for generations.

custom king sized green quilt

This past Christmas, I gave my mother and father-in-laws a custom Casey Sheila Quilt. My father-in-law always jokes about building a baseball team with all of his grandchildren. They have 12 grandkids that came in 3 waves- the oldest grandchild was the solo grandkid for a number of years. Then 4 grandkids came all very close together (3 of them in the same year! My husband is one of 5 ;)). A few years after that another 7 all came very close together. So I designed this quilt with a diamond for each grandchild.  The first diamond in the middle surrounded by a circle of four diamonds. Those four diamonds are surrounded by a circle of eight diamonds. 

custom king sized green quilt sitting on a rock

I used a Kelly Green for the background because my in-laws are very proud of their Irish heritage and matched it with a beautiful, green floral design for the back.

green floral design fabric on king sized quilt

Finally, I hand stitched the binding (as I do with all of our quilts). This is by far the biggest Casey Sheila Quilts in existence- a king sized quilt measuring at about 104" x 104". Hoping my mother and father-in-laws feel my giant hug every time they open this quilt.

Send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to design your perfect heirloom. 

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Custom Quilted Llama Pillow for Toddler's Room

By Casey Corey

Quilted Llama Pillow

Best part of designing a room for your baby or toddler? You get to make all the decisions. I've had so much fun designing both of my babies rooms. Alice has a pink solar system theme and Dylan has polar bear/arctic theme. And of course, while planning those rooms, I spent many hours on Pinterest planning each and every detail. 

modern baby girl llama quilt

Remember the modern baby girl llama quilt? We had someone reach out for a masculine pillow version. They have a vibrant toddler boy and just recently upgraded his nursery to a big boy room. This llama pillow was perfect. 

llama quilted pillow with exposed zipper and green backing

We used an exposed gold zipper so the cover easily comes on and off when it inevitably needs a machine wash- on the gentle cycle. 

Quilted llama pillow and flying geese quilt on grey couch

Quilted pillows are a really special addition to any room. They serve as back support in rocking chairs, as play pillows for hours of imaginative play, and as a soft, resting place for when those busy, beautiful heads finally lay down.

Reach out to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to customize your quilted pillow. Also, any of our bib sets would easily adapt to a pillow. The Purple Dino Babies Bib Set or the Party Babies Bib Set would be especially awesome. 

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