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

Mental Health Monday

By Andrea | October 21, 2019

Sometimes you’re doing really well. You’re keeping up with your medications, and your journaling, and your breathing, and everything else that you need to be doing to keep yourself in a good mental space. But then life happens, and suddenly it’s been days since you journaled, let alone thought about doing breathing or meditation exercises.…

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WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | October 16, 2019

I’m super excited to have made progress on the baby communique quilt again. I was able to piece a backing from all of the leftover bits of the fabric I had purchased to make the front. I crumb pieced all of the leftover bits of fabric from the front into sections and added the uncut…

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midred on baby communique (fishy) flimsy

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | October 9, 2019

I’m super proud of myself because I made a lot of progress on Mil’s baby communique quilt this week. One whole side of the quilt has been pieced together for about a week and I had all of the solid blocks for the other side sewn together. All I had to do was to put…

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charlie brown shirt for halloween

Friday Favorites

By Andrea | October 4, 2019

I got to go to one of the big annual craft shows in my area over the weekend. It’s something I try to go to every year, and while I’m there I always try to get a little of my Christmas shopping out of the way. I’m big on having as much of my Christmas…

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panic tracker -september 2019

Mental Health Monday – Journaling

By Andrea | September 30, 2019

One of the things that my therapist has me doing to help with my anxiety is journaling. She’s having me write for about 5 minutes every day, either just things that are going on, or from a prompt. I know plenty of people in my position who like to buy CBD products from somewhere like…

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pumpkin cream cheese muffins

Friday Favorites

By Andrea | September 27, 2019

It’s finally Fall! That means I get to appreciate some of the things I love without being “out-of-season.” Now, I know pumpkin is overdone, and we don’t need pumpkin spice everything, but I have to give a shout out to the fabulous pumpkin cream cheese muffins I made this week, thanks to a recipe from…

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mildred with part of baby communique quilt

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | September 25, 2019

It’s slow with the tiny human as an assistant, but I managed to piece together the top left section on my communique baby quilt. It measures 22×22-inches, which isn’t much, but it makes Milli very happy. I’m hoping that I can distract her with this finished section while I work on the next one. What…

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Mental Health Monday – Just Breathe

By Andrea | September 23, 2019

I’ve been having lots of small panic episodes lately, and I’m not sure if they are related to changes in my medication, or because I’m actually focusing on my anxiety in an attempt to deal with it. Fortunately, I’ve only had one very bad panic attack so far this month, and we will hope it…

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blue fabric for baby communique quilt

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | September 18, 2019

I’m taking a break from last week’s work in progress until I can pick out backing fabric and thread for quilting it. So I finally cut into the stack of blue fabrics I’ve been hoarding to make a sample of the Baby Communique Quilt. I started out by cutting out all of the strips and…

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stacked rocks

Mental Health Monday

By Andrea | September 16, 2019

Living in the rural Midwest, I often feel that mental health issues are a bit of a taboo topic, as are some of the more alternative methods of treating these illnesses. For instance, many people now look to use CBD products from a company such as Gold Bee to help manage their symptoms, but nobody…

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tiny bright squares and strips flimsy

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | September 11, 2019

This week’s project is another baby quilt. It’s pieced with brightly colored scraps from a variety of fabric lines. The block concepts are from Cluck Cluck Sew’s Squares and Strips quilt tutorial, which I have made several times. However for this one, I did the blocks at half-size, so they finish at 4-inches instead of…

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fall clematis

#EyeCandyProject 52- Weeks 33-36

By Andrea | September 6, 2019

Week 33 BloomThe fall clematis is in bloom and taking over the fence around the duck coop. Week 34 NightNight at my house usually involves an exhausted mama and a two-year-old without an off switch. Week 35 Mobile PhotographyI use my mobile to take more photos than I would like, particularly since my phone doesn’t…

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