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Where I Find Inspiration for Our Baby Bib Sets

By Casey Corey

Where I Find Inspiration for Our Baby Bib Sets

Casey Sheila Quilts is two years old this month! I started this company in April 2020. The world had just shut down. I kept thinking everything would open back up any day. I had a five month old and a two year old. My husband’s company needed to pivot like so many other businesses during the pandemic. So, I buried my stress in sewing and started selling baby bibs. I launched my first quilt collection in June 2020 and have been growing ever since! 

To celebrate two years of creating thoughtful products for you and your babes, I thought it would be fun to do a series of blog posts reflecting on the inspiration behind the different products. Today, we are taking a closer look at the inspiration behind some our handmade baby bib sets.

pile of modern, handmade baby bibs

When I had my baby shower with Alice, I received a ton of bibs. Most of them were impractical. I felt like Goldilocks. They were too small. They didn’t hold up well in the wash. The prints were too cutesy. They had phrases I didn’t like printed on them. “Daddy’s Girl” always irked me- I’m home taking care of the baby most of the time, she better be a momma’s girl! (Happy to report- she loves us both). 

baby girl wearing a bib

baby boy wearing a bib

After Alice, I knew what I liked in a bib- something that could easily be thrown in the washer, snaps, and had modern prints. I also loved a good set because if Alice was having a particularly spitty or drooly day, she could wear the whole set and still have them match her outfit. So, we set out to create just that. 

toddler helping sew a blue baby bib

In the beginning, I used modern fabrics I loved because if I loved them, I knew other moms would too. The OG bib release are still some of the best sellers.

Now that we offer between 25-30 different sets, I try to use modern fabrics that fill any color schemes that we might be missing. I’m always on the hunt for gender neutral options. And if they’re a beachy or bold color print that I know my fellow South Florida mamas would love, all the better. 

yellow bibs with matching snack cup

grey and blue baby bibs

I am still drawn to the typical girl color fabrics, but I’ll blame that on just having had another baby girl.

two older siblings snuggling baby sister

Selling out of a set is bittersweet- I loved those fabrics and it made me so happy to create bibs for all the special babies in your lives. It also means, I can start looking around for another set to fill that void :)

baby bibs in a basket

As always, if you have any questions, please send me an email: casey@caseysheilaquilts.com. 

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Shop Re-opening! And a Sale!

By Casey Corey

Shop Re-opening! And a Sale!

I am so excited to share that I am reopening the Casey Sheila Quilts shop on April 4,2022! I have very much missed making children’s quilts, pillows, and baby bibs.

Baby being worn in a baby carrier

Etta will be 2 months old already. We are doing the days and continue to adjust to being a family of 5. There have been lots and lots of snuggles, Netflix bingeing (yes, I’m still half watching), chocolate consumption, spit up, tears, and smiles. I forgot how good newborn smiles are!! I forgot how good newborns smell but also how bad old spit up smells.

Baby bibs laying on white desk

While enjoying all of my babies, I’ve also been working on five new, handmade baby bib sets for a Spring launch! I think all of the sets fit in the spring theme well. I can’t wait to share more details soon- but first! A sale! 

Sale is on!

I need to clear some space for the new bib sets. And, of course, I want to celebrate the shop reopening with all of you. So! I am offering 20% off the following handmade, baby bibs: Nina Bib Set, Flamingo Babies Bib Set (both color options), Sunbabies Bib Set, and the Stellar Rainbow Babies Bib Set.

Flamingo baby bib set

Rainbow baby themed bib set
The sale will run from April 4- April 10. No code needed. Quantities on these sets are very limited so if you’ve been eyeing a set, please don’t wait. They are available with either an organic fleece or organic terry cloth back. 

As always, please feel free to email me at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com with any questions, concerns, or words of encouragement ;)

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Children's Quilt Sizes Now Available!

By Casey Corey

Children's Quilt Sizes Now Available!

Big news! I am pleased to announce I am expanding the sizes of our handmade quilts!

3 baby size handmade quilts
Baby laying on a handmade crib sized quilt

 

Casey Sheila Quilts started off as an exclusive modern, handmade baby quilt company. ( I have, of course, always offered our handmade bibs.) But, when I launched our Wild Things collection, the quilts were just available in baby sizes. I started off with the classic 40” x 40” and slowly offered more baby sizes: crib (30” x 50”) and the toddler size (40” x 50”). 

Queen sized space quilt

Throw sized handmade quilt

Boy standing with quilt in the woods

As I worked on custom quilt orders, I realized I needed to expand our size selections. Quilts are obviously not just for babies- although it is so fun to custom design a quilt for a brand new baby!

Boy snuggling under quilt reading

Quality, handmade quilts are for life. A child growing out of his crib and moving to a toddler, twin or full size bed is a huge milestone. The quilts should get to grow with your children. So after your baby outgrows his baby quilt, he can still snuggle in his brand new bed with a modern, handmade children’s quilt created by yours truly.

2 toddlers reading under a twin sized handmade quilt

All this to say- Casey Sheila Quilts are now available in twin/full sizes! The Pout Pout Fish Collection already has the new sizes listed. All future collections will be available in the twin/full size. And the custom quilts remain completely custom- so any size you want! Can’t wait to get creating for you and your babies (because even when they’re 12, they’re still your baby). 

2 boys snuggled under baby size quilt on the beach

(And yes! I am still offering the same baby sizes as always (crib, baby, and toddler). I’m so excited about this opportunity to expand and grow with your families).

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How to Store Baby Bibs

By Casey Corey

How to Store Baby Bibs
You have the cutest handmade baby bibs from Casey Sheila Quilts. Baby is due any day and you need something to distract yourself from the waiting. Or maybe you’re not like me and you’re already organizing well before baby is due (nice work, mama!). Either way, you’re ready to organize the baby bibs. By my third baby, I gave up on anything gram or Pinterest worthy and just focused on what was practical for my family. (Not to say that bib storage can’t be gram/Pinterest worthy and functional! It can! I just didn’t have the energy with this baby). So here are my top functional storage picks:
Baby bibs hanging on a hanger on the back of a door

Put those modern, handmade bibs on a hanger. Snap them on the hanger. Put them on the hanger right next to your burp cloths and swaddles. Make sure they’re in a place that they’re easy to grab with one hand. That way you don’t have to put a fussy baby down just to get a bib.

Baby bibs laying in a basket
Baby bibs laying in a basket

Organize them in a basket by the changing pad. I often change my newborns halfway through a feeding to wake them up and finish off the feed. The end of a feed is usually accompanied by some spit up so it’s nice to have them right there to throw on baby when she’s done eating. Pro of this stage idea is that you don’t have to worry about snapping them on and off. Just fold them (or throw them- no one is judging you for your bib storage) in the basket. 

Bibs by door organizer
Bibs placed in an over the door organizer with toddler hand on top

Over the door organizer on door with bibs peeking out
Place them in an over the door organizer. This keeps them out of view and easy to grab when you’re walking in and out of the room. Tip: get your toddler to

Baby bibs hanging on blanket ladder leaning against exterior brick wall

Other big storage ideas that are practical- store them in a drawer just below the changing pad. I love the idea of drawer dividers for this. Hang them on a blanket ladder. Display them on a clothes line on the wall. Hang from a command hook on the back of baby’s high chair if you use them at meal time (I would think about toddlers grabbing them and throwing them on the ground if you have toddlers in the house, too).

However you store them, make sure it’s practical for you! When you’re done using them, throw them in the wash and you’ll be ready for the next time baby needs her bib.

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Nostalgia Quilt: Part 5 of the Custom Quilt Series

By Casey Corey

Nostalgia Quilt: Part 5 of the Custom Quilt Series

Welcome to the last post in the Custom Quilt Series! We laid out the basics of creating a custom Casey Sheila Quilt. We then further explored how to customize your own Raindance Quilt, Ombré Quilt, and Everything Quilt. Our last custom, handmade quilt design is the Nostalgia Quilt.

Choose a color palette for custom quiltThis quilt is perhaps the most flexible of the custom designs that we offer at Casey Sheila Quilts. The first choice, like with the other custom quilts, is choosing the color scheme. It can be as minimalist or as maximalist depending on your color choices. My daughter’s first daycare baby quilt was a simple, dramatic black and white color scheme with a bold pink edge and bright, confetti fabric for the backing. I wanted it to stand out as hers while incorporating her favorite color, pink.

black and white custom, handmade baby quilt hanging by pink flowers

This custom quilt design does best with one continuous color on half of the quilt and up to six different colors on the other half.

quilt design for a beach inspired quilt

modern beach inspired quilt with yellow and blue like waves displayed on beach with a lighthouse

On this beach inspired quilt, this client chose to use a subtle yellow on half the quilt with a blue ombre on the second half to create a wave like feeling. 

fabric pull and quilt design for a christmas inspired quilt

pink and gold christmas quilt on sewing machine

family gathered around christmas tree draped in a pink and gold quilt

For this Christmas inspired quilt, the gold fabric was continuous and there were two different pinks used in alternating rows. Really, there are infinite possibilities with this design.

choose a fabric backing as part of creating a custom, handmade quilt with casey sheila quilts

The second choice to make is the fabric for the backing. This is entirely up to you and the theme of your quilt. I will custom order a fabric based on your choosing and get started on the quilt as soon as the fabric arrives (which includes pre-washing all of the fabric to help prevent any color transfer later on).

Just a reminder that if none of these custom designs feel right to you, I am happy to design a completely custom quilt for you. Send me an email at casey@caseysheilaquilts.com so we can get started on the quilt heirloom of your dreams. 

 

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Introducing Etta Louise (and her birth story)!

By Casey Corey

Introducing Etta Louise (and her birth story)!

On February 7, we welcomed baby girl, Etta Louise. She came out fast and furious at 8 lbs 5 oz and 20.5” long.

 family of 5 with mom holding newborn

mom and dad holding newborn baby

I was 41 weeks pregnant (Alice was born at 39 weeks and Dylan was born at 40 weeks) so going a week past my due date was unexpected. To say I was restless for her arrival would be an understatement. Although I did enjoy a big delicious milkshake each night while I impatiently waited for spontaneous labor. I had lots of strong Braxton Hicks, but nothing consistent or close together. I ultimately agreed to be induced at 41 weeks. 

newborn baby

newborn baby with eyes open and fist by face

 

Despite my best efforts, spontaneous labor never happened. So on a Monday morning, B and I said see you soon to Alice and Dylan and we headed to the hospital for my induction. It’s quite odd going to have a baby during daylight hours. I got started on Pitocin and my OB broke my water. I was 3.5 CM dilated and 60% effaced that morning. An hour later, the contractions were very intense. We tried watching some of the Olympics while I labored in my room. Being hooked up to the machines made moving around difficult so we made do with the tight space. 

toddlers on rocking chair smiling

 

After a while I couldn’t relax through the contractions anymore and I was worried my stress would slow down labor so I requested the epidural. That worked perfectly. After it was administered, I was 9 CM and my wonderful nurse called my OB to say it was almost time. A half hour later I was pushing and baby girl made her appearance in just 4 fast and furious hours. 

toddlers holding newborn baby sister

toddler holding newborn sister

mom with toddlers

 

Alice has been enamored with her baby sister. She loves holding her and making sure everyone washes their hands before holding Etta. Dylan says “Etta” in the cutest way possible with his tongue sticking out and gives her gentle touches.

naked newborn baby with eyes open 

We are adjusting to newborn life once again. I am tired and so grateful that she is here and healthy. I am kicking myself for not getting farther along on her baby quilt before she arrived but I also didn’t get Dylan’s done until after he was born, too. Second and third children, am I right?

fabric pull for baby quilt

 

I do, however, have all the fabric laid out for this modern, handmade baby quilt. I am going to make her a secret garden themed Everything Quilt. I can’t wait to lay it out for tummy time, monthly photos, bring it on outdoor adventures, and make all the memories with her. 

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Better Together Pillow: Perfect Quilt + Macrame Combination for Baby’s Nursery

By Casey Corey

Better Together Pillow: Perfect Quilt + Macrame Combination for Baby’s Nursery

When I designed the Pout Pout Fish Collection, I knew I wanted to incorporate a different kind of texture for one of the pillows. I wanted to lean on the community theme. It took many different friends for the Pout Pout Fish to realize himself that he needed a different perspective. He needed his community to help him get through his sad days and they were still there to welcome him when he was able to see his pout another way. Becoming a parent also requires a community. Whether its a friend to vent to, a play date to organize, someone to seek parenting advice from, or a child care provider- we all need the support. We’re better together despite this westernized ideal that a mom can do it all and do it all by herself. 

quilted pillow with macrame laying in pile with other quilted pillows on beach

I met a local mom who makes exquisite macrame. I knew a collaboration with her would be perfect for this collection. I decided to quilt the front of the pillow with an elegant diamond quilting pattern. Something about that pattern is so regal.

toddler girl holding quilted pillow with macrame on beach

toddler girl holding quilted pillow with macrame on beach

The macrame artist then designed her own piece inspired by the Pout Pout Fish book to add on top of the quilted fabric. 

quilted pillow with macrame displayed on beach
quilted pillow with macrame displayed on beach

The result is a stunning, collaborative handmade quilted pillow that is a perfect addition for any baby’s nursery. The quilted pillow is backed with a lilac woven cotton fabric. The pillow also has aa brass YKK zipper to take the insert out. It was a joy to work together and I know you’ll love the pillow as much as we do.

 

P.S. If you try to order this pillow while I'm on maternity leave (February 2022- April 2022), then it will be marked as sold out. There is a gift card option to hold you over until my leave is over.  

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Pink Baby Bib Round-Up

By Casey Corey

Pink Baby Bib Round-Up

I was not about the pink life before I had my first girl. After I got pregnant with Alice, I was suddenly all about pink. I was wearing pink for perhaps the first time in a decade. I bought pink onesies and even wanted to decorate her room in pink. 

pink themed nursery for baby girl

As it turns out, Alice is a total pink girl herself (or at least has been since she’s been able to communicate). All of her clothing has to have pink. She loves herself a pink unicorn bracelet. A pink plate? Dinner just got so much better. I do not know if my interest in pink was spurred by Alice in the womb or if all of the pink around her fostered her own interest in pink. All this to say, the pink interest has inspired many a pink handmade baby bib set here at Casey Sheila Quilts. 

lots of baby bibs laid out on fabric cutting desk

Out of the 25 baby bib sets we currently offer, we have 6 pink sets! Some of them are feminine and strong. Some of them are a bold pink. Some of them are a playful pink. And some of them are pure girly girl (nothing wrong with harnessing those female powers, ladies!). Without further ado, I rounded up all of our pink sets and listed them here:

Pink Surfer Girl Baby Bib Set

 

Flamingo Baby Bib Set
Nina Bib Set

 

Pink Rainbow Babies Bib Set

 

Strawbabies Bib Set

 

Sugar Babies Bib Set

As with all of our bib sets, these bibs are available in either the Bandana or Long size. They come with either an Organic Fleece backing or an Organic Terry Cloth backing. They have a snap closure so baby can’t easily rip them off. And they are all handmade by yours truly. Have a question or need help narrowing down which pink set best suits your needs? Send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.

Also, if you're looking to make a purchase while I am on maternity leave (February- April 2022), please know the bibs are currently marked as sold out but you can still purchase a gift card.

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