keeping us warm & cozy

My friend Rachel posted a while back that she was now offering a Modern Patchwork e-course. I am not a quilter, but I come from generations of talented quilters. When I saw Rachel’s pictures for the class I was immediately drawn to the projects. Rachel has an ability to combine modern with vintage in such a beautiful way. Well, when I saw those first pictures one project stood out….a white quilt with just hints of color in the corners. It just looked like it belonged in my home. I logged into the class and started reading the tutorial on how to make it. It seemed like a project that non-sewer, non-quilter like me could tackle….if only I could find the time.


Around Christmas Rachel told me she had a little something she was sending my way. When the package arrived I think I might have gasped. In a box with a cute polaroid picture of one of her wreaths was THE QUILT!!!! I could not believe she sent it to me.Β  A quilt is a very special gift. It takes time, love and hard work to make one. When I thanked her she said when she was making it she just knew it was going to be for me. I still can’t believe it is in my home. It looks like it was made for my home….a perfect fit.

The whole family has been enjoying it while we stay warm inside with all the snow covering the ground.


Littlest Brother and his sweet friend.



My kids don’t always cooperate for pictures. My son does always cuddle with Legos.









Thank you Rachel for such an amazing gift. Your beautiful quilt is very much loved in my home.


On a side note, while writing this post and linking to Rachel I noticed she is doing a giveaway – 3 people will be winning access to her Modern Patchwork e-course. The giveaway ends tomorrow (sorry for the late notice). Go here to enter to win (those of you that got sewing machines for Christmas…this is great for starters)

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  • Alba - what a beautiful present!
    the picture of biggest brother is just him! you can see the outside and his noble inside!

  • Allison - Love this quilt and love Rachel too!! She is such a sweet soul!!

  • elizabeth c. - i LOVE that quilt!!!! i have her blog page with it bookmarked….i hope to make one someday! she is amazing!

  • laurelbud - Beautiful pictures as ever. I love this quilt, so pretty.

  • amanda torres - I loved seeing your husband sacked out on the couch. If he’s anything like Steven he’s can sleep amidst all the little tornados my kids produce. I wish I had that superhuman ability!

  • stacie - What an amazingly thoughtful gift!

  • Mallory @ R. Simple Life - I love that quilt! Does she instruct anyone how to make it in her online class??? I’m heading over to her page πŸ™‚

    PS Ashley, I love your couch. Is it a daybed? Where did you get that?

  • Dawn - Love the quilt-in fact, I’m wishing I was snuggled up with it right now! πŸ™‚

  • meg duerksen - please send me some rainbow leggings in an adult large….ok….extra large.
    i need to match your baby girl!

    that quilt is really amazing.

    and so is rachel.

    and so are you.


  • Mariah - What a nice friend! And I love the pics of your littlest man with his gal pal. My little boy’s best friends are two pretty little girls. Very sweet!

  • andy - how special
    i love quilts but no one in our family quilts
    we are looking to buy one for my son’s room though

  • Trish - fun

  • Tara - thanks for the tip! just entered the giveaway.

  • Laurie J - what a beautiful gift! haha–does your hubby know you snapped that pic and posted it?! πŸ˜‰

  • Elle - Such a generous gift and sweet quilt! It looks like your family is really enjoying it, too.

  • AshleyAnn - Laurie…he doesn’t read my blog very often…we’ll see how long it takes before he knows I posted it. He’ll probably be proud I am sharing his ability to nap despite 4 kids trapped inside the house with him.

  • Krista Lund - it is a very pretty quilt and would also get much love in this blanket loving house! off to enter the giveaway!

  • the whyte house - I saw it on rachel’s page, too, so when I saw it in your photos I knew where it came from!! πŸ™‚ I always love looking at her blog and the things that she sews together!

  • ashley jensen - I personally love simpler looking quilts over the super busy ones. This one is beatiful and looks so soft and fluffy! I have to tell you I absolutely love love love the round flowery chair in your living room. Boy would it go perfect in my living room and I have the perfect spot for it!

  • Annie - First of all LOVE THAT STINKIN QUILT!
    second: thanks for your sweet comment on my bloggy. πŸ™‚
    and all your pillows…
    love the pic of your son with his lego ship…
    your a doll!

  • Danielle - what in the world. the quilt is perfection and the picture of your oldest with it makes me melt a little. and HUGE CONGRATS for the homies! you are brilliant!!

  • Lacy M. - Wow I thought you were talking directly to me when you said those who got a machine for Christmas!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Jenny B. - It really does look like it was made for your home. What a beautiful gift!

  • Gevay - It’s lovely!

  • Lori - how good is that??? you liked that quilt and wa-la! it shows up. amazing!!! love your pillows on your bed…looks like someone does more than I do when it snows…sew! I watched movies and organized. love the quilt. very special.

  • Cassie - I just saw that quilt this morning on their new website and thought about registering for the class JUST to make it! What a sweet, sweet gesture. There’s just nothing like a handmade, snuggly quilt.

  • mandie - Oooh! I SO hope I win a spot! πŸ˜‰

    That quilt really does look perfet in your home, and I just have to say that your littlest of littles just cracks me up in these photos! She is too cute!

  • racheldenbow - Wow, Ashley! THis was extra special to open up and read this morning! I appreciate your kindness and generosity so much and especially the fact that both of our husbands are expert nappers. It’s like a super power!

    You’re the nicest and I’m so happy everyone is enjoying that happy quilt. πŸ˜‰

  • Katie - I just wanted to thank you for the “sparkly” eye tip! I have had 4 kids in under 6 years (youngest is 7 months today). I take a lot of pics but I am not that great at it. I have had a ton more energy lately and have been caring about what the pics look like. I have been experimenting with natural light during the day. I have been taking lots of pics of things around our house that I like and bring me joy so I can remember them years from now. It is kind of therapeutic for me and a way that make my children even dearer to me. Thanks again for the tip for this beginner!!!!!! Love the blog!

  • Jessica P - I was on Rachel’s website just yesterday and noticed that very quilt. I love it. The only thing better than that quilt? A cute little Firecracker snuggled under it. She cracks me up.

  • Kristen Haufschild - Gorgeous!!!! I too am in awe of quilters.

  • Nicole - I knew I saw that quilt somewhere! It’s absolutely lovely!

  • Jeni - I’m guessing this is a case of it’s a small quilting world after all… Here is Film in the Fridge’s Flying Farfalle quilt:

    I think she has a tutorial on her blog too. Rachel’s version has totally inspired me to make one…I love her larger blocks and the fact that she tied it. How wonderful for it to appear at your house!

  • katie - That quilt is amazing! The gift of time and thought is definitely the best!

  • Betsy - Those photos convey such comfort and coziness and beauty. I almost teared up! Lovely. I’m in the midst of making my first quilt (out of beloved clothes scraps), but my machine is so small that I’m trying to do the quilting by hand. Pretty tedious. Sigh. Anyhow, your pillows are very inspiring, by the way. I want to try to make some pillows out of curtains and other scraps I have. Perhaps I’ll search your blog for pillow-making ideas . . . . Oh — and thanks for the “sparkly eyes” photography tips! πŸ™‚

  • Tracie - Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous quilt. It is so pretty!

  • Amy - Thank you for mentioning that a gifted quilt takes time and love! It really does! I’m a quilter and to make a quilt for someone is special. I sometimes wonder if people know exactly how much goes into it!
    Oh, and it does go perfectly with your home! I love it and your home looks like my style!

  • Erin Leigh - What a gift!!! warm & toasty, cozy, gorgeous…

  • Kristi - Your quilts make me so jealous! You have some of the most beautiful quilts around your home and they make for some beautiful backdrops in your pictures! My grandmother was a quilter and I would love to carry on one of her traditions!

  • Jen Helbert - my goodness what a wonderful quilt! and look at firecracker! that lil’ gals is just great.

  • able mabel - That quilt is adorable! It does match perfectly to your house!

  • Barbara Moses - Ashley, I am Melissa and Elizabeth Watts aunt… they have shared with me your many talents and I have successfully found your blog. What a precious testimony!! wow!! how inspiring you are. You have so much to share.. thank you for taking the time to share with others. A very special testimony and inspiration!! What a delight and will make your blog a part of my day!!! with appreciation and praise, Barbara Moses

  • Krystina - While I love the quilt, I’m more envious of the perfect complexions of all the children in these photos. If only the cold and wind were so nice to me…

  • jennie - the picture of your oldest son is BEAUTIFUL. It makes me tear up inside. LOVE IT

  • Casey - lucky you!! I am in love with that quilt, I really want to make one. I definitely do not have money to get myself that ecourse, so I’m really hoping I win!

  • hearttypat - the one with firecracker in a pink pj, that’s my favourite!

  • racheld - OH MY GOODNESS, where did you get that amazing chair in the first photo!!! (please tell me it’s somewhere where I can purchase on and it’s not a rare find!!!)

  • Trysha - Oh goodness that first photo is so sweet. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney - Hi– I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a sewing machine for a while. After having merlot for dinner the other night, I ended up ordering one. Afer a few simple projects, I’m out of ideas. I’m definitely signing up for your friend’s e-course. Thank you so much for this post! You are inspirational even when you refer to someone else. πŸ™‚

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