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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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Baby Girl Floral Quilt: Nina's Quilt

By Casey Corey

Baby Girl Floral Quilt: Nina's Quilt
pink and green baby girl quilt in nursery
pink and green floral quilt in baby nursery

It's such a dream getting to design custom modern baby quilts with my clients. This request came in from a very excited aunt-to-be. Her sister-in-law was expecting. A girl! Growing up, this sweet aunt-to-be had a baby quilt. She brought the quilt with her everywhere. So when the time came for a baby gift to give her niece, there was no question. Baby Nina had to have her very own custom baby quilt. 

pink and green floral baby quilt top
pink, green, succulent, and cherry blossom fabric on baby girl quilt

My client and her brother are from Arizona. Her sister-in-law is from New York. She wanted the quilt to represent the beautiful florals home to each of their home states. We included succulents and cacti (hi, Arizona!) and cherry blossoms (hi, spring time in New York!) on the front with coordinating pinks and greens. 

pink and green liberty of london backing on baby girl quilt

For the back, we used the most wonderful Liberty of London floral fabric. It has the most adorable birds and small strawberries incorporated into the design. I stitched the front and back together with an elegant pink diamond pattern with pink thread. 

pink thread on liberty of london fabric

sewing diamond shapes on modern baby girl quilt

And of course, I bound the quilt with a solid pink fabric. It balances out all the fun, gorgeous patterns. 

pink binding on baby girl quilt

Did you notice the embroidered name? Me too. Definitely brings the whole thing together. My client designed the font herself! So cool that an embroidery machine can stitch a font we design ourselves.

name embroidery on baby girl quilt that says "nina"

This baby girl’s quilt came out to 40” x 40”. The quilt is delicate and strong. Feminine and fun. This quilt will be the first sidekick and companion on all of baby girl’s adventures. Ready for snuggles, tears, fort building, reading time, car rides, superhero capes… basically anything baby girl can dream. 

baby quilt hanging in crib with stuffed bunny

baby girl quilt hanging on blanket ladder in nursery

I’d love to design the perfect childhood companion for the baby in your life. Email me at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.

baby girl quilt hanging neatly in baby's nursery

 

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Gender Neutral Rainbow Baby Quilt

By Casey Corey

Gender Neutral Rainbow Baby Quilt

Making custom, modern baby quilts for you and your families is such a special part of this job. When I get a request for a custom quilt, I ask a lot of questions to find out more about the quilt’s home. I was to know the nursery theme, baby’s gender, the family, and how you want to feel when you look at this quilt.  

I want my custom quilts to create a sense of comfort and warmth. In the very chaotic days of having small children, the quilt should give you reason to pause. When you pull the quilt fresh out of the dryer and it’s still warm to the touch, you’ll pull it close to you and remember all of the memories that baby is forming with the quilt and all the reasons behind the design and fabric choices in that quilt. 

fabric for rainbow baby quilt

This gender neutral rainbow baby quilt is no different. I was asked to design this quilt as a gift for a momma having her second baby, but as you can guess- it was not just her second pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, early pregnancy loss happens in about 10% of known pregnancies. (Myself, included). I could not have been more touched to create a quilt for her and her family. Something to celebrate the joyous news of her rainbow baby, but also to honor and hold space for the prior pregnancies.

 gender neutral colors in a baby equilateral triangle quilt

We decided very quickly on the Raindance Quilt for the design. We wanted to use lots of saturated colors. It was so fun to find gender neutral colors that felt bold and warm. Obviously the back needed to be filled with happy, sweet rainbows.

 quilting the modern rainbow baby quilt

orange binding for modern baby quilt

I hand stitched a coordinating fabric for the binding. The dots remind me of confetti and parties- another memory that would give me a reason to smile. Finally, I added a few pops of gold in the corners. 

 gold fabric on a gender neutral rainbow baby quilt

gender neutral baby quilt hanging on wicker fence

gender neutral baby quilt laying on steps outside

I hope this quilt brings joy and peace every time the momma grabs it from the dryer. Wishing her, and really, all you mommas, the very best.

Click to design your own: Raindance Quilt

 

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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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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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Baby Shower Gift Guide

By Casey Corey

Baby Shower Gift Guide

Your friend/acquaintance/co-worker/cousin/a person in your life is expecting a baby! How exciting! You get invited to the celebration of said baby. The date is approaching and now you begin to wonder about what’s an appropriate gift?! The registry is obviously helpful, but how excited can you get about giving diaper cream? I usually like to do a mix of both registry gifts and non-registry gifts. Some bottles, formula, and bibs? Feeding time is taken care of! A sound machine and quilted pillow? Newborn naps in the nursery, done! A play gym and quilt? Tummy time! Just need the baby… Here are some ideas from Casey Sheila Quilts:

baby bibs hanging on ladder in front of white wall

Option A: Baby Bib Sets

Baby Boy:

Check out the Wild Things Babies Bib Set because let’s be honest, most babies are a bit of wild thing. Or the classic Orange Dino Babies Bib Set goes with any theme. The dinos and orange bones are as soft as they are cute. 

Baby Girl

You can’t go wrong with the Sugar Babies Bib Set. Babies are so sweet and wearing a sweet, ice cream bib will help remind the parents as they try to contain the baby spit up. Or the classy Les Fleurs Babies Bib Set is always such an elegant set. 

Team Green:

Gender reveal isn’t happening until birth? We’ve got you covered.  Apple Bottom Babies Bib Set is literal team green. And the classic mint in the Donut & Sprinkles Babies Bib Set makes it one of our most popular sets for a reason. 

baby boy laying on 2 quilted pillows

Option B: Quilted Pillow Covers

If you wanted to make more of a statement, then check out our Quilted Pillow Covers.  We’e got three designs in the Wild Things Set that are pretty universal.  The Wild Rumpus Quilted Pillow Cover fits a coastal themed nursery while the King of All Wild Things Pillow Cover fits a “woods-y” themed nursery.  Going fully custom is, of course, always an option. 

kids hanging on a tree branch with quilts acting like wild things

Option C: Baby Quilts

The creme de la creme- a handmade, modern baby quilt.  Looking for a modern baby girl quilt? Mischief of One Kind and Another is one of my favorites. Don’t forget to check out the fun backing, too. And just like the quilted pillow covers, going fully custom is an option. Fill out our Questionnaire, and we can start planning the perfect gift.

Option D: Gift Cards

All that said, if buying a gift is too overwhelming (I get it!), gift cards are really a perfectly appropriate gift, too. 

quilted making designs of a quilt at a desk

Thank you for being here. We are so honored to be part of this momentous time. 

 

xoxo, Casey

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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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