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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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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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