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Everything Quilt: Part 4 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

By Casey Corey

Everything Quilt: Part 4 of the Custom Quilt Blog Series

So far in the Custom Quilt Series, we’ve shared the basics of creating a custom Casey Sheila Quilt. We’ve also taken an in-depth look at customizing both the Raindance Quilt and the  Ombré Quilt. This week is all about customizing the Everything Quilt.

custom baby quilt with soft greens, yellows, and blues

baby boy custom quilt

The Everything Quilt is a fun, detail-oriented way of packing a little bit of everything into a modern baby quilt. Lots of patterned, coordinating fabrics with geese flying in vertical directions. As with all of our custom quilts, this quilt is a feast for baby’s visual stimulation and provides a soft place for tummy time. Because there is a lot of anticipated spit up and drool in tummy time, this quilt is also machine washable.

two toddlers laying under custom quilt

Once baby is old enough, the quilt can be used for naps and night time sleep. My four year old still comfortably snuggles with her baby sized quilt (40” x 40”) and the toddler sized quilt (40” x 50”) would last even longer. Once they are ready for a bigger size, you can tuck this quilt away for your baby to give your grandchildren one day. Quilts are for life. 

To customize your own Everything Quilt, we start off discussing a theme or color palette for the quilt. Maybe baby boy’s nursery is polar bear themed and so we start off looking for coordinating colors and fabrics. Or maybe you just moved to South Florida and you spent your pregnancy walking along the Miami River with the manatees swimming alongside you. We would then look for fabrics that fit that theme. Because the quilt is custom, the theme is anything you dream up! I am here to help you make those ideas a reality. 

fabrics for baby boy polar bear quilt

After we discuss a theme/color palette, I’ll send you a mock-up. Once approved, I will order the fabrics. Custom quilts generally take between 4-8 weeks to create. I will literally wrap your dreamy quilt with a bow and mail it off as soon as it’s done. I can’t wait to work with you. Please send me an email at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to start designing a forever quilt for the baby in your life. 

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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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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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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 Quilt Collection Sneak Peek

By Casey Corey

Pout Pout Fish Quilt Collection Sneak Peek

It had been almost six months since the Wild Things Collection launched. I was ready to start planning for the next children’s book inspired collection. I went through the all of the kids’ books that we had and polled my momma friends on their favorites. I kept coming back to one- Pout Pout Fish. I read this book all the time to Alice when she was a baby. During those long, but sweet days when it was just the two of us while on maternity leave I would read this book at least once a day. I created character voices and entertained myself. It’s hard to say if Alice was actually entertained by my reading performances, but I’m sure she enjoyed my company at the least. 

pout pout fish book with matching colored fabric

I had good memories of the book, but was it enough to inspire an entire quilt collection? I opened the very worn down book once again. The colors. They were so good. All the characters had their own color vibe going. I was really feeling Ms. Clam’s soft yellow and orange. The silver fish? And of course, Mr. Pout Pout himself.  

blue and purple fabric squares on a white background 

I thought this could be it so I started to sketch out designs. As I did, I reread the book over and over again. And I fell in love with it for a different reason- the plot line. The whole purpose of the book! I had somehow missed it during those early sleep-deprived days. The perspective message spoke to me in a whole new way. 

sun fabric with coordinating colors

I started to challenge my own perspective on parenting. Kamala Harris became Vice President as I designed and pieced this collection together. I started to think about myself, my worth as a woman, and my ability to parent my young daughter into a confident woman who confidently knew her worth. I realized I was falling quite short with the little every day things. 

purple pout pout fish fabric

Sure, I was hitting the big things or as much as you can with a three year old. Reinforcing love, kindness, and empathy. But I wasn’t modeling it. I spoke to myself in unkind ways that I would be horrified to hear Alice talk to herself. I knew I had to do better. For her and for me. 

sewing binding for the pout pout fish collection

For many personal reasons, I am so excited to share this collection with you in just a few weeks. There will be three quilt designs in four sizes: crib (30” x 50”), baby (40” x 40”), toddler (40” x 50”), and twin (70” x 90”). There will be three coordinating quilted pillow covers and a really special, fourth pillow. 

Come back soon for the full reveal of the Pout Pout Fish Collection

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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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Modern Baby Quilts- Binding

By Casey Corey

Modern Baby Quilts- Binding

Binding. The piece de resistance. The binding is the fabric that covers the raw edges of the handmade baby quilts. It’s the final piece of fabric to be sewn on. It weaves the front and back together providing a common point for both sides. 

pink and gold binding fabric on rainbow quilt

So much time, care, and work has already been poured into quilt by the time it’s time to attach the binding, and if the binding goes wonky- it can really ruin the quilt. It’s so important that I sew the binding fabric together first. 

gold and white binding on wild things quilt

Picking the fabric pattern is just as much fun for me as picking the backing fabric. I almost always use a cotton fabric, but you can use either a solid or a patterned fabric. 

baby girl llama quilt hanging in front of green doors

If it’s a busy quilt, I like to use a complementary solid. Baby girl’s Llama Quilt was very busy, so I used a rich, dark yellow to bind it. It matched one of the colors found in the llama fabric and complemented all the colors on the top.

 

aqua striped fabric on balloon animal quilt

If it’s a quiter quilt top, then adding a stripe or a grid can add a lot of personality. A floral fabric on a sweet, feminine quilt finishes nicely. On the Raspberry Lemonade quilt, I used a bright aqua stripe. I faced the stripes horizontally to contrast against the vertical geese. 

black and white striped fabric binding on baby quilt

On this Equilateral Triangle quilt, I used a black and white striped fabric. 

hand stitched binding on baby quilt

No matter which fabric binds the Casey Sheila Quilts heirloom that you bring home, we always hand stitch the back down.  It’s durable enough to last the years yet still gives the quilt a beautiful finish. 

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