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

Welcome to Mouse in My Pocket! 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

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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road 15 baby quilt

Road 15 Quilt

By Andrea | September 6, 2019

I’m so excited to have finished this quilt! My sister is 38 weeks pregnant, so the baby could come any day, and I wanted to make sure that baby will have a quilt just like big sis. Fabrics 1 Charm pack of Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda 1.5 yards of Soothing Swirl in Crimson…

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road 15 baby quilt progress

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | September 4, 2019

I’ve taken a short break from working on my spooky fall quilt this week to do a baby quilt for my sister. She’s due to have a baby in a couple weeks, so I really needed to get her quilt done. I’d already done one quilt for her oldest, so I wanted to keep the…

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fabric selection for road 15 quilts

Sunday Stash

By Andrea | September 1, 2019

I made a trip down to The Village Mercantile in Boonville, IN this week and found the perfect fabric for the next baby quilt. The front of the quilt will use a charm pack of Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda and a coordinating burgundy swirl print that I found. The back is cream yardage…

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strange the dreamer book cover

What I’m Reading

By Andrea | August 27, 2019

While I still don’t get to read quite as much as I would like, Mil is becoming a bit more independent, which is allowing me to be able to do more things for me, including reading. I’ve been even able to finish four books in the last couple of months. Recently Finished From the Mixed-Up…

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strawberry jam baby quilt

Strawberry Jam Baby Quilt

By Andrea | August 23, 2019

One of the nice things about getting a new niece was that it gave me a reason to get back to sewing after my 2+ year hiatus following Mil’s birth. My sister-in-law is having a baby girl in October and I didn’t want to be the aunt who made a quilt for the first baby…

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spooky crazy quilt section

WIP Wednesday

By Andrea | August 21, 2019

I’m making progress on my spooky crazy quilt, but most of the work I’ve done in the last week has been hand work, so it doesn’t feel like the same kind of progress I get when I finish a new block. I currently have 3 sections pieced together, and I now have the hand stitching…

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