The Communique Layout

Popularized by Rhonda Dort, who uses the layout in her classes, the Communique Quilt Layout works for both featuring large fabric and panel pieces, as well as a basis for multiple block designs.

About Me

I'm Andrea, a web developer living in rural America with her husband and daughter. I'm excited to share my life with you as I explore some of the great things about living in the middle of nowhere.  Be sure to check out the blog below to see a few of the things that are speaking to me right now.

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On the Blog

10 on the 10th

10 on the 10th – March

By Andrea | March 16, 2022

Thanks to the lovely Daenel over at Living Outside the Stacks, I’ve discovered one of those fun old-school Blog Questionnaires. And I’m super excited to participate. This one is called 10 on the 10th, and is a list of 10 questions that we can answer to tell you more about ourselves each month.  It’s hosted…

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August mood tracker

Making Mood Trackers for Journaling

By Andrea | March 7, 2022

One of the ways that I have been able to improve my mental health over the last couple of years is to keep track of my mood.  I do this via a monthly mood tracker in my journal.  These can be as simple as a box for each day that you mark with a color…

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book cover collage

What I’m Reading

By Andrea | February 22, 2022

My goal this year is just to manage to read 1 book a month. So far, I’m keeping up with that, and even exceeding a bit, as I’ve somehow managed to complete 2 books so far in February. I started the year with one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, Wyrd Sisters.  My copy is one…

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Mil and Mom in the snow

Snow Days

By Andrea | February 7, 2022

We got loads of ice (and a little snow) last Wednesday and Thursday.  Enough that I got 2 days of working from home with my tiny human in tow.  Fortunately for me, the hubs was also off on Thursday, so he was able to hang out with Mil during parts of the day, allowing me…

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Heart art

Valentine Crafts with Milli

By Andrea | January 31, 2022

With Valentine’s Day approaching there are hearts everywhere at our house – from the (no longer a Christmas) tree to the crafts.  We’re decorating everything in pinks and reds, and covering all the surfaces in hearts of all sizes. Hearts have even taken over our craft space with stickers, doilies, and a variety of other…

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Sister cow and her baby

On the Farm

By Andrea | January 28, 2022

Even with the cold and the snow, life is still happening on the farm.  The hubs has a couple of cows that are out of sync with the rest of the herd, and that means winter calves.  Mil has enjoyed getting to see the babies.  One of the cows decided to be difficult with her…

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closeup of 12" block

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | January 19, 2022

After about a year long hiatus, I finally got back in my sewing space a couple weeks ago.  Granted, that was mostly to convert the space to do crafting with Milli, but that meant cleaning up in the sewing area.  And somehow, the easiest way to clean up my sewing projects is to finish them,…

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valentine iSpy discs from Back To Basics Curriculum

Friday Favorites

By Andrea | January 14, 2022

I haven’t written up a Friday Favorites post in ages, but with Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed like a great time to share something that made a great stocking-stuffer for my tiny human, and is also perfect for Valentine’s. Just before Christmas, while looking for stocking-stuffers for Mil that weren’t cheap throwaway items, I…

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Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime

By Andrea | December 17, 2021

I’m doing my best to make Christmastime magical for Milli, even though doing all the things can sometimes trigger my anxiety.  I feel like it’s important for Mil to have happy memories of her childhood, especially of the holidays.  That’s why I made sure to add a couple things to our Christmas traditions this year.…

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Art with Milli

By Matt | December 15, 2021

I discovered a great artist a while back named Andrea Nelson.  She does lots of bright colorful animal illustrations.  But more recently, she’s started sharing some great process art projects to do with kids. Mil and I are loving making these projects together.  And, I’m enjoying seeing how different our projects look side by side.…

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Friday Favorites

By Andrea | October 9, 2020

Jewelry I’m loving these geometric stud earrings from Foxy Originals right now. I got them in a previous Causebox order and find myself wearing them all the time. They have a great simple design, and because each pair is in a different metal, they really do go with everything. Makeup Wearing a mask all the…

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Book Journaling

By Andrea | June 11, 2020

I’m back in the office now, but I spent most of my time at home during the quarantine hanging out with Mil and journaling. I started myself a book journal, and made spreads for each of the books I’ve read so far this year. It was nice to get my thoughts about the books I’ve…

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