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Ellsworth Kelly Wall Quilt

By Casey Corey

Ellsworth Kelly Wall Quilt

“The negative is just as important as the positive.” -Ellsworth Kelly

colorful wall quilt styled with pumpkins

This was my second wall quilt based on Ellsworth Kelly’s “In and Out of Paris” painting. It was just as fun as the first time and I learned just as much making this piece as the first one. 

ellsworth kelly wall quilt

ellsworth kelly wall quilt close up

The color and white square spacing fascinates me in this modern, handmade quilt. I spent most of my time while piecing the front of this quilt looking for patterns and exploring how the white squares balanced all of the bright, bold color squares.

basting ellsworth kelly wall quilt

basting ellsworth kelly wall quilt

Each time I make this quilt, I’m hyper focused on the slightly different shades of each color used. It doesn’t translate 100% perfectly into the color options available in fabric, but I think we got pretty close.

quilting ellsworth kelly quilt

The front and back of this quilt are 100% cotton. I created a hanging sleeve for the back so this quilt could also be used as a wall quilt. While making the sleeve, I became inspired to explore other ways to hang quilts. There are so many creative options, but I’d really love to create a modern, minimalist quilt hanger for my clients. Working on a few prototypes now and hope to have them available soon.

christmas order by deadline for a custom quilt image

If you’re following on social media or are signed up for the newsletter, then you’ve seen the suggested order-by dates for the holidays. But if you haven’t seen them yet, then you still have some time to order a Casey Sheila Quilts in time for Christmas! Order quilts by November 7, order pillows by November 28, and bibs by December 5. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. 

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Books and Bibs: Halloween Edition

By Casey Corey

Spooky Season is upon us. To celebrate, we’ve paired some children’s halloween books with our modern baby bib sets. It’s like a book club but for our babies. That works, right? Some of the things I look for in children’s books before I commit to a a recommendation are: how is the plot? Will I mind reading this 50 times before Halloween? (Major bonus for humor). How’s the character development? Can my children relate? What’s the message? What kind of themes or lessons can my children pick up from reading it? 

halloween themed bibs shown with children's halloween themed book and pumpkins

Using the above criteria, we settled on two children’s books and a third suggestion (more on that below). The first is Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace. A strong female lead trying something new supported by her large family? It’s quirky and cute. And there’s pink on the cover so my four year old was immediately in love. We’ve read this one a number of times and I’m still not sick of it. We paired this lovely read with two Casey Sheila Quilts bib sets: Purple Dino Babies Bib Set and the Wild Things Baby Bib Set. 

Dinosaurs are always appropriate for spooky season. The purples in this set are rich and luxurious and will translate nicely into the winter. 

The black and golds in the Wild Things set are a weakness for me. I’m obsessed. And the crowns bib is a great option if your family is dressing up as royalty or as Max from Where the Wild Things Are for Halloween. My daughter is dressing up as a princess this year and she could not be more excited. We got my son a dragon costume and so far, he is petrified of it. 

orange baby bib sets shown with a children's halloween themed book

The second book, Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, is a personal favorite. The main skeletal character is scared about surviving school when all of his limbs keep falling off. His friends relentlessly try to come up with solutions to help him. Children solving problems without adult intervention? Check. Friends being supportive and kind? Check, check. We paired this book with the Orange Dino Babies Bib Set and the Turtle Dude Babies Bib Set. 

The oranges in both sets fit in nicely with the spooky season orange color. And the orange solid color in both sets remains relevant for the rest of fall. *The solid orange bib in the Orange Dino Babies Bib Set is a reddish orange while the Turtle Dude Babies Bib Set has a bright orange solid. 

teal baby bib sets shown to raise food allergy awareness

And last but perhaps the most important, is the teal set for this Halloween’s Books and Bibs series. It’s not a children’s book, but it was a book I needed as a new mom to a small child with food allergies. Allergic Girl by Sloane Miller helped give me confidence that we could raise my daughter without food being a stressful trigger for her. Neither my husband nor I had any personal experience with food allergies, and we desperately needed guidance. I also loved Don’t Kiss the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley. She walked me through her life managing food allergies and made it easier to process how to keep my daughter safe without creating too much anxiety. 

 

The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to help raise food allergy awareness. By putting out a teal pumpkin at Halloween, you are letting families know you are giving out candy or toys that are safe from the top 8 allergens. So, we included the Pop Babies Bib Set and the Taco Babies Bib Set for this book suggestion. Unintentionally, they’re both food related sets. They were really chosen for the teal solid color bib in each set. 

If you have any questions or a recommendation for a children’s book about allergies, I’d love to hear them: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. Wishing you and your families a very fun and safe Halloween. 

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2021 Bibs Are Here!

By Casey Corey

We certainly kept you waiting long enough, the new bibs for 2021 are now available! We’ve got a little bit a Spring, a little bit of Summer, and a little bit of Fall all in one release. Some baby girl bib sets, some baby boy bib sets, and some gender neutral baby bib sets. The bibs are available with Organic Fleece or Organic Terry Cloth backing. As always, the bibs are available in the Bandana or Long style. Without further ado, here are the seven new bib sets: 

 blue camping inspired baby bib set

1: Adventure Baby Bib Sets

 Obsessed with these little bears and polar bears exploring the grounds with their mommas. Paired with star constellations and navy blue fabric, this set will be there to keep up with you and your adventurous baby. 

grey panda bib set 

2: Panda Baby Bib Sets

What’s cuter than a baby panda? A baby panda bib on the baby in your life, of course. Grey dots and a solid light grey round out this sophisticated and adorable set.

surfer girls on pink fabric baby bib set

3: Surfer Girl Baby Bib Sets

 All about harnessing that female energy. Feminine and strong. These girls are ready to ride those pink waves with whatever strength and power may be needed. 

 turtles on orange fabric baby bib set

4: Turtle Dude Baby Bib Sets

Inspired by Florida’s marine life, these awesome dudes are ready to bring a smile wherever they go (And of course, catch the drool, spit up, and food). Checkered beach blanket and a solid orange bib are ready to accompany you and baby to the beach, or anywhere life takes you on a given day. 

little sandpipers on yellow fabric baby bib set

5: Sandy Baby Bib Sets

 Little sandpipers with bright yellows and pinks are meant to fill up the room with warmth and curiosity. When was the last time you got to just watch the sandpipers do their thing at the beach? Taking those 5 minutes for yourself to just sit and be present, it’s a wonderful gift to yourself. 

 walrus baby bib set

6: Toothy Baby Bib Sets

Playing with food and toothy walrus grins just go hand-in-hand. These guys are ready to catch baby’s first avocado or sweet potato (and every other food baby goes for!). 

 tacos and golden suns baby bib set

7: Taco Baby Bib Sets

Last but certainly not least, Taco Tuesday will never be the same. Tacos from the local taco truck on a golden summer night with baby in tow, what could be better?

We hope you love these sets as much as we do. If you have any questions about the materials or sizing, please send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.

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Ombré Quilt: Part 3 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

By Casey Corey

Ombré Quilt: Part 3 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

Two weeks ago, we shared the basics of creating a custom Casey Sheila Quilt. Last week, we took an in-depth look at customizing the Raindance Quilt. This week is all about the Ombré Quilt.

The Ombré Quilt is a sleek and modern baby quilt. Bright, bold colors in a striking pattern. The bright colors can provide a stimulating visual for baby to behold (in addition to being a soft, safe place for tummy time and snuggles). But, the pattern can also be toned down with a softer color palette. I’d love to make this quilt in a soft, peach color palette (let me know if you’re my person). 

customize a custom baby quilt by choosing a fabric backing

Like each of the other custom quilts, there are two steps to creating the Ombré Quilt and you can decide on them in any order. One, select a color palette. Two, select a fabric for the backing. The inspiration for the colors and fabric backing can come from anywhere. What’s your favorite nursery book? 

winnie-the-pooh inspired baby quilt

I was inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh when I made this Ombré Quilt. How sweet are those honey bears for the back? And a bold color punch with red, orange, yellows, white, and cream for the color palette on the front. 

modern baby girl quilt hanging outside

toddler girl standing in front of quilt outside

This Ombré Quilt was customized for a baby girl based on the Party Babies Bib Set. The balloon animals are a fan favorite and clearly one of my personal favorites. We can of course discuss customizing a quilt based on any of our modern baby bib sets. 

color palette for baby quilt with red, orange, yellow, white, and cream

Once we discuss the color palette and/or themes, I will send a proposal with a mock-up of the quilt. Once the quilt design is finalized, I can send you the invoice and order fabrics. I can start as soon as the fabrics arrive! The process is about 4-8 weeks, depending on how long the design process takes. 

Send me an email at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to start designing an Ombré Quilt for the baby in your life.

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Raindance Quilt: Part 2 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

By Casey Corey

Raindance Quilt: Part 2 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

Last week, we shared the basics of creating a custom, modern baby quilt. This blog post goes more into detail for Option 1: Customize a Design- the Raindance Quilt version. We have four modern quilt designs that can be customized for any size quilt: (1) Raindance Quilt; (2) Everything Quilt; (3) Ombre Quilt; and (4) Nostalgia Quilt. 

custom quilt option to customize an existing design

The Raindance Quilt is a bold, modern quilt sparked with color. Full of equilateral triangles and alternating patterns, this quilt makes any corner of the room pop. This was the first quilt design I created. I’ve made several improvements to the design since then and love where it’s at now. 

custom equilateral triangle quilt requires choosing 5 different colors

image telling the viewer to choose a fabric for the back of their custom quilt

There are two steps to creating a Raindance Quilt and you can decide on them in any order. You choose five colors for the front and a fabric for the back. The inspiration for the colors and fabric backing can come from anywhere. Is the recipient a rainbow baby? Maybe you’d like a rainbow fabric with coordinating colors on the front. 

mermaid fabric for back of baby girl quilt

5 bright colors for baby girl quilt

Is the nursery themed? Maybe you want a complementary fabric to go with the theme (Mermaid theme, anyone?). We can find 5 matching colors for the front based on that. 

bright blues and yellows with a coordinating whale fabric to match

Or maybe you have a color palette in mind? We can choose the five colors based on the palette and then find a fabric to match! 

Once we discuss colors and/or themes, I will send a proposal with a mock-up of the quilt. When the quilt design is finalized, I will email you the invoice and order fabrics. I can start as soon as the fabrics arrive :) The process is about 4-8 weeks, depending on how long the design process takes. 

two raindance quilts together outstide at the beach

Send me an email at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to start designing your Raindance Quilt. I’m so excited to work with you. 

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Creating a Custom Quilt : A Blog Series, Part 1

By Casey Corey

Creating a Custom Quilt : A Blog Series, Part 1

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is how to purchase a custom quilt? I get it! It’s confusing. I decided to start a blog series to explain it (until I figure out a better way to organize it on the website). To order a custom handmade baby quilt, there are two options: (1) customize a design; or (2) create a fully custom quilt. 

Design a Custom Quilt by Choosing Colors with an Existing Design

The first option is to customize an established design. I have four gorgeous, fun designs to choose from: (1) Raindance Quilt; (2) Nostalgia Quilt; (3) Everything Quilt; and (4) Ombre Quilt. Each page has a little more detail about the different designs, but basically you choose the colors and the backing! After you choose the colors, I will create a mock-up of the quilt and send it to you for approval. Once approved, I order the fabric and get started as soon as the fabrics arrive. I do prewash all of the fabrics so you shouldn’t have to worry about color bleeding on your first wash. Parents have enough to worry about. 

The second option for creating a custom quilt is to start from scratch

The second option is to start from scratch and completely create your own design. Sometimes, that means requesting a rocket ship quilt for your toddler’s new bed. Maybe you saw some fabrics that you’re dying to have included and none of my existing designs are quite right for them. Or maybe you want something to represent your family at this moment in time, but don’t really know where to go from there. Whatever the source of inspiration, I got you. I will create a few mock-up designs and send to you for comments and tweaking. Once you decide on the design that feels right, I’ll order the fabric and get started as soon as it arrives. 

baby girl quilt with greens and pinksman in space suit wrapped in space quilt

The fully custom design is more expensive than customizing an established design for what is a pretty obvious reason: it’s a lot more time consuming. We have to create a brand new design and I get to do a lot more math. It’s rewarding and I love it, but the math has already been done on the establish designs. With either option, you can choose any size- baby, toddler, twin, full or even something larger. It’s custom for your needs and I’m thrilled to make that happen for you.

green quilt with a diamond to represent each grandchild

Whichever option you choose, your Casey Sheila Quilts heirloom is sure to delight. And please share photos! I live to see your quilts in use. Part 2 of creating a custom quilt is going to focus on customizing the Raindance Quilt. Coming next week!

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Flamingo Baby Bib Set

By Casey Corey

Flamingo Baby Bib Set
What’s pink, blue, and cute all over? Flamingo baby bib set! This limited edition handmade baby bib set just launched. It’s tropical and has all the right feels for summer. If you live in a warm climate like Miami, then it’s summer basically year round. Except for January when we all pull out our sweaters and boots. But if you live in a colder climate, it might be nice to have some tropical looks year round. Something to remind you of warmer days. 

It took me two babies to realize how many things you can use baby bibs for. When I had Alice, I pretty much exclusively used bibs for feeding at meal times (aka 6 months- 1 year). At some point, when her drool rash was getting hard to manage under her neck, I realized bibs could help protect her from the relentless faucet. By the time I had Dylan, a few more of my friends had their babies and I got to see all the ways they used baby bibs. A bib to wear while bottle feeding? Genius. A bib to catch spit up instead of holding a burp cloth underneath them at all times? Why didn’t I think of that? Oh yeah, I was in a sleep-deprived survival mode. I still haven’t mastered the art of cute baby bib storage. For now, they all perch on a hanger in Alice’s closet.

The best part about bibs from Casey Sheila Quilts is the longevity. Two babies later, and my original, handmade baby bibs are still in great condition. They’ve been soaked with unspeakable amounts of fluid and washed countless times. And yet, the snap closures still snap tight and the fabric hasn’t pilled or lost its luster. As with each of our bib sets, this limited edition set comes in the bandana bib or the long bib style. You get to choose either organic fleece or organic terry cloth for the back. Whatever choices you make, this bib set is sure to bring some warmth. 

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Gender Neutral Baby Quilt: Honey Bear

By Casey Corey

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt: Honey Bear

I got to make an Ombré Quilt recently in the red, yellow, and white color way. It’s honestly one of my favorites. The colors are happy and warm. They remind me of the warm sunshine on a fun day at the park with kids. 

fabric in red, yellow, orange, and white with rotary cutter

sewing together red, yellow, and orange fabric

cream quilted fabric

I used a very soft, cream for the background color to balance out the rich, warm colors. I love how these colors play together. 

honey bear fabric used for back of baby quilt

honey bear quilt laying on itself

I used a deep orange with fun, metallic sparkles to bind the quilt together. It brings together the colors on the front with the pops of orange and red on the back. Because of course the back has the classic honey bear fabric. 

winnie the pooh book on baby quilt

open winnie the pooh book on baby quilt

I love this quilt for a Winnie the Pooh themed nursery. It could work for either a girl or boy’s room. I love picturing reading about the adventures of Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin, and the rest of the gang snuggled up under this quilt or under a quilt fort. Or maybe your toddler is running around using the quilt as a super hero cape while you read one of the classic short stories. Building memories with warmth and happiness. It is a privilege that a Casey Sheila Quilts gets to be part of these forever moments. I never take that for granted when creating a quilt.

I think this modern baby quilt would look amazing in a purple color way as well. I just so happen to have purple honey bear fabric to match for the back. Let me know if you’re my person for that by emailing me: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. Likewise, also email me if you have any other color way in mind (there are so many possibilities with the Ombré Quilt)!

ombre baby quiltflying geese in ombre on baby quilt

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