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.


On the Blog

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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What I’ve been up to —

By Andrea | March 20, 2020

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the blog recently, but with everything going on in the world right now, I did want to assure you all that I’m still alive. Things are a little crazy right now, but I’m coping, with the help of my traditional journal and my new art journal.…

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Finished Baby Communique Quilt

By Andrea | January 27, 2020

I’ve had this little quilt done for a bit, but the weather has been too dreadful for photos. But, thanks to a lovely Sunday afternoon, and the hubs taking the tiny human with him on errands, I was finally able to get a few photos of this fun finish. This quilt uses my Baby Communique…

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WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | January 22, 2020

I’ve made some time to do a little sewing in these first few weeks of the year, and I’m happy to say that I’ve managed to accomplish a few things. The first is a new quilt top for the Scrap Quilt Challenge (#SQChallenge20 & #SQ9Patch on Instagram). The concept of the challenge is that each…

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Mental Health Monday – Hobbies

By Andrea | January 6, 2020

Welcome to a new year! I hope that everyone survived the holidays with minimal stress. And now that the busiest time of the year is over, let’s talk about getting back into a good routine for your mental health, by finding a hobby that helps you cope with your anxiety/depression. For me, that hobby is…

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Friday Favorites

By Andrea | November 15, 2019

I’m kind of in love with natural cleaning products right now. I’ve had a terrible time keeping anything clean since Mil was born (not that I was exactly a neat person before), mostly because all my cleaning products were full of chemicals and I wasn’t in love with the idea of having Mil around while…

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WIP Wednesday – Holiday Ornaments

By Andrea | November 6, 2019

In between playing tiny house and kitchen with Milli, I’ve been using up a some of my scrap Christmas fabric to make ornaments. I’ve done two different kinds so far – Christmas trees and fortune cookies. The Christmas trees are made from 4″ strips of fabric cut into triangles (one for each side), with twill…

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Mental Health Monday – Panic Attack Emergency Kit

By Andrea | November 4, 2019

Almost everyone keeps an emergency kit in their car or bag with things that they need in case of a physical emergency – bandaids, gauze, antibacterial cream, and the like — so why not keep a kit for your mental health too? I ran across the idea on Reddit a few weeks ago and thought…

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