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.

20220128_135900-01

On the Blog

valentine hearts

Snow Day Art Projects

By Andrea | February 1, 2023

Thanks to an ice storm, Mil & I had a day off yesterday. Or more specifically, Mil had a day off and I had a remote work day.  Remote work days are a little hard when you’re home alone with a 5-year-old. She really wanted me to play with her, and had a difficult understanding…

Read More

Art Prints on Society 6

By Andrea | January 27, 2023

A little while back, I decided to set up a webstore on Society 6.  The store allows me to create and sell prints of my work directly to customers online.  Right now, the store consists of a few pieces of my traditional art, along with a couple digital designs as well.  I’ve even chosen to…

Read More

Pineapple Quilt

By Andrea | January 26, 2023

Thanks to the massive basement cleanup, I’m back to sewing when I have the time.  My 1st completed project is a pineapple quilt that I purchased fabrics for several years ago.  It’s based on a mini quilt by Lori over at Crossquilt, which I fell in love with when she shared her project in 2015.…

Read More

Basement Clean Up

By Andrea | January 24, 2023

My sewing space is down in my basement and over the last few years, it had become a hot mess.  I couldn’t do any sewing at all, because there were boxes of junk and in all the empty space, and my sewing table was covered in Mil’s craft projects.  So, I spent all I did…

Read More
honeycomb mood tracker

More Mood Trackers

By Andrea | September 26, 2022

I’ve not been doing a good job keeping up with my blogging, but I do actively keep up with my journaling. And I’ve found that the journaling fulfills a lot of the needs that I was previously meeting by constantly updating my journal without the dopamine addiction to comments and interactions. That being said, I…

Read More

3 Blocks Away

By Andrea | September 14, 2022

So proud of myself.  I’ve actually been making progress on my spooky crazy quilt!  I’m down to needing to complete the sewing of just 3 blocks.  Of course, I’ll still have some embroidery work to do between the blocks, plus basting, quilting, and binding, but I MIGHT actually be able to get this quilt done…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More
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…

Read More