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Where I Find Inspiration for Baby Bibs: Part 2

By Casey Corey

Where I Find Inspiration for Baby Bibs: Part 2

In the first part of this blog series, I explained that part of my inspiration for baby bib sets was simply falling in love with a modern fabric. 

A bunch of baby bibs on a white table

Once I find a print that I love and that print is on a cotton fabric soft enough to put on a baby, I create a whole set around that print. The set usually includes a matching solid bib and a complementary pattern bib that doesn’t upstage the star of the set. All three bibs work well together so they can be grouped together as a set but of course, they look good independently (because obviously that’s how they’ll be worn).

Pink surfer girl themed baby bibs

Another inspiration behind the handmade baby bib sets is you! When I work on a custom, handmade children’s quilt, the client and I collaborate on the fabrics that will be used in the quilt. I often find myself ordering extra fabric (in case I make a mistake and need extra fabric and… to create a limited edition bib set!). 

Custom baby girl quilt
Matching baby girl bibs with succulent on white table

I mean, when the client asked for the Liberty of London Strawberry Thief fabric in this baby girl quilt- it was obvious we needed coordinating bibs for a limited release.

Flamingo themed baby bib

Other times, I get a special request for a certain theme and all of the stars align so that it makes sense to create limited release set. That’s how the Flamingo Babies Bib Set was created. After I released the Flamingo Babies Bib Set, you all asked the solid color to also be available in blue. Why not? Great idea.

Purple rainbow themed baby bib set

Like all good things, the limited edition sets are just that- limited. They are available in smaller quantities than the rest of the bib sets. So if something catches your eye, don’t snooze. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

If you have any questions or requests, please reach out to me at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. I love talking inspiration and customizations. Custom orders for quilts are also open for 2022. Just send me an email at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com and I’ll walk you through the process.

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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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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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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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