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Currently: September

By Casey Corey

Currently: September

Gosh, getting this September Currents blog post just in under the wire. Can't believe it's almost October.  October might be my favorite month.  The start of the weather starting to cool down in Miami and the excitement about the holidays coming up (yes, I said it. Holidays!) Here's what we've been up to:

Watching VEEP. I thought this was going to have a lot more slap stick type humor, but it doesn't and I love it.

baby boy at the beach

Wanting to take the paddle board out to the beach.  We went this month without it and it was so much fun. It was Dylan's first time in the sand. He's a really cautious kid so I thought he'd hate it but he got right in there with Alice building/destroying sand castles. 

Making an Uber Eats order for sushi tonight. Momma needs a break from cooking for the toddlers who only eat carbs and white things even though they were exposed to many vegetables as babies. 

llama quilt fabric with coordinating pinks and greens

Sewing a Llama traditional flying geese quilt. Using lots of pinks and greens, cottons and linens, and a beautiful woven cotton in a deep, dark yellow for the binding. 

Reading a little bit of How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen at a time. 

Loving Dylan's mobility. He's crawling around, walking with the assistance of a walker, and cruising the furniture. He's having so much fun and I love watching how happy he is to finally reach his toys on his own. 

Feeling drained and excited. Pandemic life gets a bit monotonous but grateful for our many blessings and space and a partner who tries so hard. Really excited about planning some more beach trips before the weather gets too cold to get in the water.  

Thinking I should probably put away the groceries now.  

rainbow quilts hanging on crib and blanket ladder in nursery

**A quick couple of reminders: (1) custom orders are open for the holidays. It does take about 6-8 weeks to make a quilt, so might want to start thinking about what kind of modern baby quilt works for your family.  Feel free to email me: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com; and (2) October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, please take 15% off the whole rainbows & stars collection (Pink Rainbow Babies Bib Set, Stellar Rainbow Babies Bib Set, Golden Babies Bib Set, all the quilts, and quilted pillow covers- check here and here for some rainbow quilt and pillow ideas). Just use Rainbow15 at check out starting October 1.

 Sending big, virtual hugs as always.  Xoxo.

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Polar Bear Quilt for Baby Boy's Nursery

By Casey Corey

Polar Bear Quilt for Baby Boy's Nursery

Dylan's quilt is finally finished! I designed his room around this hanging snowy trees picture from my mom's house. The picture has tall skinny brown trees covered in snow and a thick, dark wooden frame. Every time you look at it, you see and feel something different. It's lovely. From there, I added polar bears (a polar bear mobile & baby polar bear prints) and lots of blues and yellows. Naturally, his quilt needed to fit within this polar bear theme. 

blue, neutral, polar bear quilt fabric

I found a great polar bear fabric back in February but couldn't decide on a design for the front for a long time. Finally, I decided that his quilt's design should match his sister's (because sibling rivalry) flying geese quilt. And from there, the blues, yellows, golds, creams, and whites in cotton and linen fell quickly into place. 

flying geese cut ready to assemble into a quilt

I chose a striped white binding so from afar it looks like a simple, modern white that complements the 6 patterned fabrics on the front.  And up close, the white fabric has a lot of texture and lines. I love when you look at a quilt and find something new to admire each time (yes, just like the snowy trees). 

handstitched binding

We took the quilt's photos at the same place we took our wedding photos. It was so much fun to bring the kids and feel all the feels. The finished quilt is about 40" x 50". Like all of our products, its machine washable and gets that soft, textured look every time it comes out of the dryer. Can't wait for Dylan to use this quilt for years to come.

Quilt hanging on wall

baby boy sitting on his polar bear quilt outside

Looking for a one of a kind, handmade quilt to match a nursery? Custom orders are open for baby (40" x 40") and toddler sized (40" x 50") quilts. Send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.  Can't wait to work with you on your modern baby quilt

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Equilateral Triangle Quilt Trilogy

By Casey Corey

Equilateral Triangle Quilt Trilogy

Sometimes our quilts are designed around a favorite book or a bedtime lullaby, but oftentimes they are designed around the nursery theme. One of the sweetest families in Jupiter, FL has a whimsical hot air ballon themed nursery. True story- when the momma was on her bachelorette party in California, she wandered into a baby store. She ended up purchasing a hot air balloon mobile and decided to hide it from her then-fiance until she was pregnant.  

grey triangle quilt in a nursery

Fast forward 4 years later, this momma has 3 beautiful babies and we’ve been honored to create a modern baby quilt for each one. Another true story- this momma never finds out the gender of her babies. She leaves it for a surprise at the baby’s birth. As a result, their nursery is gender-neutral with a lot of elegant grey.  (Spoiler alert: she ended up with all boys). When she was pregnant with her first son, we decided to use the equilateral triangle quilt design with greys, creams, and whites. The fabric backing was, of course, hot air balloons. And we quilted it with diamond shapes. A sophisticated quilt, for a sophisticated babe. 

blue hot air balloon quilt in a nursery

When we heard she was expecting their second babe, we didn’t want there to be any sibling rivalry over the quilts (kids come up with enough reasons to bicker, #amiright). So, we knew we had to use the equilateral triangle quilt again. But this time, with blues, greys, and creams. We used a Dutch looking hot air balloon fabric for the back because the momma has some strong Dutch roots. And again, we used diamonds to quilt it all together. It really creates a really cozy, snuggly feel. 

hot air balloon quilt

This momma just had her third son and we knew we wanted to build on the first two. So this time, we went with blues, yellows, and creams. We have more hot air balloons on the back with whimsical elephants sitting in the baskets. There’s something a little Parisian about this last one (tres chic). And once again, this piece was quilted with diamond shapes. We hope the babies love them as much as we loved making them. 

hot air balloon quilt

We are currently accepting custom baby quilt orders. Feel free to email us: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. 

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Raspberry Lemonade Quilt

By Casey Corey

toddler girl running in front of quilt with toy

The Raspberry Lemonade Quilt is a refreshing pop of color and fun.  Our client had just ordered a set of the Party Babies Bib Set for a family expecting their second baby girl.  Then our client messaged me about a modern baby quilt to match the bib set.  Brilliant.  We immediately decided on the Modern Flying Geese design with a pink and yellow color way to match the balloon animal print in the Party Babies Bib Set.  And basically everything in this quilt went that way: quick and fun.  It was meant to be.  

modern flying geese quilt in sewing machine

The top of the quilt is seven different colors in a soft cotton.  The background color is a soft pink.  The flying geese start off with a bright pink and fade into a softer pink.  We picked white to anchor the middle and transition to the bright yellows.  Again, we wanted this quilt to pop.  The family went traditional pink with their first baby girl and were ready for a new twist on pink. 

Of course, the balloon animal print (where everything started) had to be the back for this quilt.  And a turquoise striped fabric binds it all together.  We hand stitched the binding in tight stitches so it’s durable and provides a seamless finish.  

toddler girl in front of quilt

Photographing this quilt was an experience.  It was one of the first shoots we did with Alice (she’s 2.5 years old in these photos).  We had a vision for a shot of her running around the quilt in an earth-toned dress with her strawberry blonde hair waving wild in the wind.  Well, she was particularly uncooperative on that hot, Florida summer day.  Our photographer assistant had to run around the quilt for a while to get her interested.  He worked up a nice sweat, but she finally decided to give it a whirl.  As a small, family-run business, we all have to pitch in.  Alice, included.  But, if we’re being honest, Alice wants to be included in everything so it works out. 

pink and yellow modern flying geese quilt

The finished quilt is 40” x 40” (baby size).  The straight line quilting provides the perfect texture and softness for snuggling, tummy time, and rolling over (but of course, durable enough for lots of machine washing).  

Interested in your own quilt for a little one?  Send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.  We are currently accepting custom orders.  We can’t wait to work with you. 

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Wild Things Collection

By Casey Corey

Wild Things Collection

“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”

Our first book-inspired line, the Wild Things, is here! Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is full of adventure, imagination, mischief, frustrating parenting moments, love, and warmth. The Wild Things Collection includes a handmade bib set, three modern baby quilt designs, and coordinating quilted pillow covers. Each design in this collection includes a heavy focus on gold- the crowned king deserves no less. 

Baby bibs

 

The bib set includes the classic colors associated with the book: gold (of course), white, and black. The colors and patterns have a strong, powerful energy. The set includes three bibs. They are each incredibly soft- soft enough even for our sensitive skin babes. They are available in both the bandana and long bib forms with either Fleece or French Terry Cloth backing. And of course, they are machine washable so they will last for years to come. Most certainly longer than Max’s adventure to rumpus with the wild things. 

Modern baby quilt on water

Meet “Wild Rumpus.” The first quilt and quilted pillow cover design in this collection. This design was inspired by the nighttime skies that Max sails and leads his rumpus through. The back is a gorgeous navy blue and gold stripe fabric. The horizontal straight line quilting creates a water-inspired texture running throughout this soft fabric. Perfect to lay across you and your baby (toddlers, especially) as you read your copy of Where the Wild Things Are. Oh yeah, did we mention yet that each quilt purchased from this collection comes with a new copy of the book?

Pink baby quilt on a tree

Next in line is: “Mischief of One Kind and Another.” It’s interesting that the colors usually associated with this book are gold, white, and black because there are so many pinks and yellows throughout. We took the pink and yellow from Max’s sailboat and brought it to a quilted form. The equilateral triangles represent the sailboat. The mix of light and darker pinks are the ocean waves crashing onto each other. The vertically stitched quilted lines and vertical lines of pinks and yellows on the back of the quilt evoke of sense of empowerment and confidence. Traits we often try to instill in our next generation.  

Green baby quilt

And finally: Max himself: “King of All Wild Things.” The forest greens of the vines hanging from Max’s ceiling and walls meets the cream and white equilateral triangles taken from Max’s crown. And of course, there’s fabric speckled with gold. The back of this quilt is a luscious green with metallic gold running up and down just like the vines and trees. And the quilt is wrapped up with a hand stitched binding filled with white and gold. 

Wild Things Collection Quilts and Pillows

Each quilt design is available in either the baby (40” x 40”) or toddler (40” x 50”) size. The quilted pillow covers are also available in either an 18” by 18” or 20” x 20” square. Custom square sizes are possible, just send an inquiry to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. Lastly, this is a limited edition collection so there is a finite number of each buttery soft product. But, if you’ve had your heart set on something and it sells out, please send an inquiry to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. As always, these items are made-to-order with love and attention to every detail. 

“And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”

Happy reading snuggling. xoxo.  

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