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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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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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Books & Bibs

By Casey Corey

Books & Bibs

When Alice was born I questioned whether I should be reading to this really cute, but kind of a sleep, eat, poop/fart machine. I felt kind of silly talking out loud to myself- even sillier when I made up voices for the characters. She didn’t smile or give any indication that enjoyed the activity. But, I embraced the notion that kids are sponges and kept on. I can tell you that both of my kids now love books. At 3.5 years old, Alice will have you read all day to her. At 1.5 years old, Dylan loves to rip the pages out. You gotta start somewhere. 

If you’re embracing the books, then when do you read to your kids? Do you follow the popular “Bs” sleep routine: bath, book, bottle or some version thereof? Do you make-up your own story time circle when you’ve done all the activities and its only 10 am. Do you go to the local library’s story time? Maybe after nap #4 of the day? We’ve dabbled in all of the above.

What I read largely depends on the time of day. Am I desperate for a quick bed time so I can go rest for 15 minutes before cleaning up from the day? If so, then I reach for a quick book- Sandra Boynton is always good to me in that regard. If I’m starting nap time early because we’ve done all the things and the kids are destroying the house, then I’ll go for a longer one to stretch us to nap time. Maybe some Berenstain Bears. If it’s a middle of the day circle story time, then a long one with lots of characters to act out. Love the George and Martha collection.

However you break it down-  books are such a big part of our everyday lives. There are lessons to learn, heroes to love, villains to hate, dance moves to try out… stories to be told. I find them downright inspiring. Hello, Where the Wild Things Are and Pout Pout Fish collections. Even if you’re not purchasing from one of story-inspired collections, there are some really great books that might go with one of our bib sets for a unique and truly thoughtful gift (baby shower gift? new baby’s arrival gift? momma is finally accepting visitors gift? can’t visit but want the parents to know you’re thinking of them gift?):

1. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman

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Dino Babies Bib Sets.

                                         T. rex book and Dino baby bibs

 

A small T-Rex wants to give his sad, very best friend a hug, but his arms are so small. He spends most of the book working at it until he figures out how to best give his friend a hug. Doesn’t that just pull at the heart strings? The Orange and Purple Dino Babies are just waiting to give your babe a hug and comfort (I feel like I have to plug how soft our fabric is here and how the both Fleece and Terry Cloth backings are organic cotton). 

2. Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

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Pink Rainbow Babies Bib Set

wherever you are my love will find you   

 My doula gave me this book the morning Dylan was born. It’s a really sweet read on the unconditional love between a parent and child. The artwork is so good, too. The Pink Rainbow Babies sends a similar message with the sweet pink and gold rainbows. Hope, love, and growth. As Mr. Rogers says, “Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can is to let people know they are loved and capable of loving.” Oh baby, you are so loved. 

3. Big Dog…Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

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Party Babies Bib Set

 Big Dog Little Dog by P.D. Eastman

Two friends (okay, dogs) who are very different in their physical attributes and have opposite tastes love to go adventuring and spend time together. One night, they’re both in beds that are not quite right (a la Goldie Locks) and a helpful, observant bird swoops in at the end to point out the simple solution (switch beds). The Party Babies Bib Set sends a similar adventure friendship vibe. Lots of balloon animals that are different in color and facing different ways, but they’re all there having a party and enjoying their time with you and babe. 

mice family reading a bedtime story

Let me know if you have a particular book or bib in mind that I didn't mention here. Happy to help pair them up! Just send an email to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com.

Also, I am really excited for when I get to start chapter books with the kids. I’ve been waiting and waiting to introduce Alice in Wonderland to her namesake. 

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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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Custom Quilted Llama Pillow for Toddler's Room

By Casey Corey

Quilted Llama Pillow

Best part of designing a room for your baby or toddler? You get to make all the decisions. I've had so much fun designing both of my babies rooms. Alice has a pink solar system theme and Dylan has polar bear/arctic theme. And of course, while planning those rooms, I spent many hours on Pinterest planning each and every detail. 

modern baby girl llama quilt

Remember the modern baby girl llama quilt? We had someone reach out for a masculine pillow version. They have a vibrant toddler boy and just recently upgraded his nursery to a big boy room. This llama pillow was perfect. 

llama quilted pillow with exposed zipper and green backing

We used an exposed gold zipper so the cover easily comes on and off when it inevitably needs a machine wash- on the gentle cycle. 

Quilted llama pillow and flying geese quilt on grey couch

Quilted pillows are a really special addition to any room. They serve as back support in rocking chairs, as play pillows for hours of imaginative play, and as a soft, resting place for when those busy, beautiful heads finally lay down.

Reach out to casey@caseysheilaquilts.com to customize your quilted pillow. Also, any of our bib sets would easily adapt to a pillow. The Purple Dino Babies Bib Set or the Party Babies Bib Set would be especially awesome. 

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BABY HOLIDAY BIBS

By Casey Corey

BABY HOLIDAY BIBS

Are here! We have three new sets for the babies to sport during your holiday affairs.  Whether you’re staying home and keeping things small, or attending an outdoor, socially distanced gathering, baby is going to make a mess. Spit up, mashed sweet potatoes, drool… yep, we’ve got your baby covered. Our bibs are machine washable on the normal setting so don’t worry about the clean-up. Without further ado, here is the Beary Merry Babies Bib Set, Holi-Baby Bib Set, and the Challah Baby Bib Set. 

The Beary Merry Babies Bib Set was designed for our girly girls who still want to show the silly side of themselves this holiday season. The Merry Bib is certain to brighten up anyone’s day. Each set comes with three different bib styles with either an Organic Cotton Fleece or French Terry Cloth back.  The Fleece is softer and more lightweight, while the French Terry Cloth is more absorbent.  But both are organic cotton. 

The Holi-Baby Bib Set is a personal favorite. I just can’t get enough of those bears.  And that gold. I mean. The photographs don’t do it justice. It shimmers without leaving glitter everywhere. And it will still hold up in the washing machine. 

Our last, but certainly not least, is the Challah Babies Bib Set. They are every bit as soft as they are elegant and classy. The gold in those stripes also reflect a beautiful shimmer.  Each of these sets are available in either the bandana or long form. If your baby really excels at the spit up game or is feeding him or herself those sweet mashed potatoes, I recommend the long form. And then just throw it in the wash after mealtime.  Are you sensing a trend? Yeah, why make the holidays even harder. Everything baby-related should be easy to wash. 

holiday baby bandana bibs

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping, friends. I am so grateful for each of you. I absolutely love sharing my love of sewing and quilting for our babies, and you make that possible.

P.S. Don’t forget, use HOL25 at checkout for 25% sitewide

 

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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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