Friday, April 25, 2014

How Dear Review (Custom Quilt)

How Dear

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Review by Lauren

item sent for review; all opinions are my own

The owner, Courtney, makes the most adorable handmade quilts. I came across her etsy shop while browsing for unique guest book ideas. Courtney will custom make a quilt for you and then you can use a fabric pen to have guests sign it. I thought this would be fun for the baby shower I planned for a friend so I contacted Courtney to talk to her about her designs.

Unfortunately, she couldn't find any Tim Burton specific fabric, but I told her the basic colors were black, white, and blue, so she went with that and created the lovely baby blanket you see above! I think using just the colors worked out for the best because it can be used as a nice decoration once the baby has grown too.



When I received the blanket in the mail, I decided not to use it as a guest book. Courtney said people have changed their minds before, and I realized that the quilt was just too nice to have people mess with it. I was afraid someone might spell something wrong or accidentally mark the wrong spot. I like the idea of a quilt guest book, but I think the actual blanket is wonderful enough as a gift. The price is also great too. Most of the baby quilts are only $70, plus shipping. I've seen similar items at a much higher price. Plus, if you want to give the quilt as a gift, you can split with another person and you're only paying about $40 each (with shipping).

I think the colors were well done and the quilt was beautiful to look at in person. Courtney did a wonderful job. When I gave it to the mom-to-be, she really loved it as well. I told her the story behind the colors and she seemed to agree that just using the three main colors was a nice idea. I think the fact that this was custom-made for her meant a lot as well. It's different than buying a blanket at the store, because you know you're getting something thought out and personal.

Courtney also offers throw-sized quilts, as well as custom quilted pet portraits that are just adorable! I'm afraid I was so excited about the quilt and giving it to my friend that I never took a personal photo of it, so all the photos I used here are ones that Courtney took before she shipped me the blanket! Thank goodness she thought to do that! I would definitely buy another quilt from Courtney in the future!!

23 comments:

Sophia Lin said...

Ooo, I do love the design! It's unfortunate I can't do things like sewing or quilting - I tend to sweat too much hands wise. .-.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love it. There's something so cozy about a quilt and I love all the designs available.

Erika Sorocco said...

This is beautiful! I love the colors you chose!!

xx

Kindlemom said...

That quilt is gorgeous!! My husband's aunt made the most amazing quilts I have ever seen, just gorgeous. I so admire those who can do this. I tried one year and while I completely it, it was by no means perfect or even pretty LOL!

Liviania said...

That's a lovely quilt! I love quilts in general, actually. I wouldn't have used it as a guest book either.

Jasprit said...

I agree custom made gifts are always the best! It shows that the person went that extra mile just for you. This quilt that Courtney made is so pretty! Thanks for sharing! :)

A Voracious Reader said...

I love quilts. That one is pretty!

Brandi Kosiner said...

She did a great job, I love the covers and overall effect

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Things like this cost a fortune to ship overseas, so I tend to avoid even looking because it pains me that I can't have them. This is gorgeous, however. So lovely.

Krysten Gautreaux said...

I love it, it looks so cozy!

Giselle said...

Love it! And I love the Tim Burton inspired design! His movies are all my favs!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

That is a beautiful quilt! Yes, that price is quite cheap for something made to order. What a great idea!

Lily B said...

oh wow these are so pretty and delicate!

Zoe N. said...

This is so cool! I love handmade quilts, so I'll definitely have to check this out! Thanks so much for sharing Lauren! You're the best! <3

~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

Ginny Gallagher said...

I love quilts and that is a beautiful one and a great price. Thanks for sharing!

Eileen said...

Aww I love the colors! They definitely are super pretty paired up with each other :)

Andrea Thompson said...

So pretty! I would not have let the guests sign it either. Thanks for sharing!

Christy @ Love of Books said...

What a cute idea to have guest sign the quilt. Kind of wish I would've saw this last month before my cousin's baby shower.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

Oh this is such a beautiful quilt. I wouldn't use it as a guest book either. It sees to pretty for it. Great post, Lauren :)

cleopatralovesbooks said...

That is a beautiful quilt. There is something so appealing about a patchwork quilt too :-)

Keertana said...

Gosh, this is gorgeous! I love the pattern and colors and quilts are such cozy blankets to curl up under. Thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

I made a baby quilt once. Never again! I'm definitely not talented. For all the work it takes that really isn't a bad price. And it's gorgeous!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I love this idea! My grandmother makes quilts and they are always a welcome gift. I have two quilts and two baby blankets that I've had for years, but they age well and they are always useful. I'll have to look into Courtney's etsy shop.