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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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Space X Rocket Ship Quilt

By Casey Corey

man in astronaut costume with custom space quilt

I received a request for a custom quilt for the sweetest little boy. He was transitioning from his crib to a big boy bed! His parents are big Space X fans. When they request a rocket ship quilt, I knew I had to design a quilt around the Falcon Heavy rocket. 

kid's space quilt

Around the same time that I designed this modern quilt, Space X was getting ready to launch three astronauts into space: Crew-2! (Hi, female astronaut Megan MacArthur! You’ve got big fans here at Casey Sheila Quilts). 

piecing kid's space quilt

Although designing a quilt is certainly not the same as designing a rocket, there was quite a bit of math for this full size space quilt. 

falcon heavy rocket ship quilt

Handmade quilts are all about the details. I loved the little NASA astronaut fabric so we added a few pieces of that fabric onto the rocket. I machine stitched the child's name. And I made sure we had some fire power to blast the rocket ship to the international space station. I can’t wait to see all the adventures and fun dreams that this boy has with this quilt. 

space quilt fabric

Space fabric with deep blues and star constellations were a natural choice for the back of the quilt. We used dark blue thread to quilt all three layers together. 

space quilt

As with all of my quilts, I hand stitched the binding. I make sure that all of my products are machine washable. Momma has enough on her plate and kid’s bedding is sure to get messy (potty training, I see you). Currently accepting custom quilt orders, send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to get started designing your dream quilt today. 

man in astronaut costume wrapped in custom kid's rocket ship quilt

Godspeed, Crew-2.

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Custom Florida Sea Life-Inspired Quilt

By Casey Corey

Custom Florida Sea Life-Inspired Quilt

First finished custom quilt of 2021! This beautiful, inspiring momma-to-be reached out about creating a custom quilt. She and her husband first moved to Miami when he matched at a local hospital. When they first got to Miami, they lived in an apartment overlooking the river. Every morning she started her day with a cup of coffee and watching the sea life in the river. Her favorite memory was watching a momma and baby manatee swim by. They moved so majestically despite their size and the small width of the river.

manatee fabric on back of baby quilt

And yep, we found a fabric with a momma and baby manatee. It was meant to be the back of baby's quilt. Momma didn't know baby's gender so we went with gender neutral colors. Honestly, it was easy to piece the colors because the ocean and sea life colors are gorgeous, deep blues, yellows, teals, whites, and creams. Perfect for a gender neutral baby quilt.

flying geese baby quilt

We went with the toddler size (40" x 50") so it would be big enough for baby to enjoy for years to come. She chose the Everything Quilt design. This is one of my favorites because it has a little bit of everything. Cotton and linen, and so many different patterned fabrics. In addition to the manatees, the quilt has gold foliage, herons, seagulls, waves, and suns.

baby quilt hanging in front of plants

Creating this quilt brought me so much joy. Can't wait to see baby and family using and loving it. Still accepting custom orders for 2021, send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to start planning handmade baby quilt today.

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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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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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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: October

By Casey Corey

Currently: October

October! One of my favorite months- my birthday is at the end of the month, it signals the start of the holiday season, I get to start planning holiday gifts (one of my favorite things), and did I mention birthday cake? Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to:

Watching music videos.  We’re in between shows and I need a break before jumping into the next. Anyone else do that, too?

Wanting this taco outfit for Dylan. 

working at a desk designing quilts for the pout pout fish collection

Making plans for the next collection. I’m looking at you Pout Pout Fish. So excited, coming early 2021.  

rotary cutter and ruler on green fabric

Sewing a handmade quilt for a custom Christmas gift. Can’t wait to show you. Have a quilt in mind? Want to buy someone a custom quilt but not exactly sure what they’d like? Check out our new gift card option

Reading news headlines. Need a new, fun book to escape. 

Loving the cooler weather. We finally got some outdoor furniture and I’m so looking forward to enjoying some meals out there. 

baby on handmade baby quilt on a picnic by the water

Feeling hopeful. Don’t forget to vote. 

Thinking about the holiday handmade baby bibs. How much holiday fabric is too much?  

**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 until October 31.

 

 Sending big, virtual hugs as always.  Xoxo.

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