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

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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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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