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 Jane @ 22 Months

By Andrea | January 11, 2019

We’re getting closer and closer to 2 years every day, and Milli is starting to show it, even if she isn’t getting much bigger. I weighed her last night as we’re still not quite 22lbs. There is seriously a 6-month-old baby at the sitter who is as big as her. But that’s OK. Mil packs…

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Keep Me Entertained

By Andrea | January 8, 2019

It’s time for another TBB Asks link up over at The Blended Blog. This month’s theme is “Keep Me Entertained,” so we’ll be talking about entertainment today. Let’s get started! Book(s) I’ve read multiple times: I try to re-read Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows every couple of years. It’s a lovely little children’s…

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A Happy Holiday

By Andrea | January 2, 2019

Our home was very busy this holiday season with several Christmas events to attend and lots of new things to do. We managed to make it to 4 different family Christmas parties, our friend Dave’s Crazy Christmas Show on the radio, and Christmas Eve Mass this year, which I think is pretty impressive with a…

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Wish List Wednesday – A Grown-Up Christmas List

By Andrea | December 12, 2018

My husband and I aren’t exchanging Christmas Gifts this year, and today is our anniversary (Happy 9 years!), so this list is a little late him to use, but I have a few things I love that I wanted to share with you. My Wish List Pearls I don’t wear a lot of jewelry.  Generally…

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Merry & Bright

By Andrea | December 11, 2018

It’s the time of year where we’re all supposed to be merry and bright, so today, I’m participating the the Merry & Bright link up on The Blended Blog.  That means I get to share a few things with you that are bringing me joy. Right now the biggest joy in my life is a…

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Handmade Ornaments

By Andrea | December 11, 2018

With the tiny human to take care of, I really don’t have a good way to do crafting projects at home.  My sewing space is in the basement and full of things that might be dangerous to Mil if I left her unattended, which if basically what I would be doing, if I did any…

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Mildred Jane @ 21 Months

By Andrea | December 10, 2018

Milli is 21 months old today.  That’s 1 and 3/4 of a year!  Milli’s went on 2 big trips in the last month, going on a trip all the way to Shepardsville, KY and back for Thanksgiving, and to Bardstown, KY and back for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday. Mil has also been a big helper…

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Wish List Wednesday – A Wish List for the Tiny Human in Your Home

By Andrea | December 5, 2018

It’s December, so it’s time to talk about all the things on your Christmas wish list. (Note that I totally stole this idea from Persimmon Dreams Facebook live chat this morning.) And today, I want to talk about a few of the things that’s are on my wish list for Milli this year.  A Kids…

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TBB Asks Holiday Edition

By Andrea | December 4, 2018

It’s time I get back to the blog a bit more, and this month’s TBB Asks seems like the perfect way.  Yea for special holiday editions! The Questions My Answers Candy Canes?I like candy canes, they are beautiful as decorations, but I’m rather particular about the ones I eat, as I’m not big on super…

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8 Recipes for Your Holiday Baking

By Andrea | November 30, 2018

Holiday baking is a big deal in my family.  Each year my sisters and I get together at my mom’s house and spend a day baking cookies and other treats to share for the holiday season.  Last year we even made ornaments for Milli’s 1st Christmas. This year, I want to share a little of…

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Mildred Jane @ 20 Months

By Andrea | November 12, 2018

Mildred is growing up, a little at a time. In the last month, she’s done a lot better communicating what she wants with words instead of just crying until I figure out what she wants. I think Milli might be going thru a growth spurt, because she’s been wanting to eat constantly for the last…

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A Gift from Cracker Barrel

By Andrea | November 7, 2018

A while back, I wrote an update on Mildred for her 18-month birthday.  In that update, I mentioned that Milli had her 1st visit to Cracker Barrel and how much she liked it. One of Cracker Barrel’s toy buyers came across the post, and sent a lovely email to me and an offer to send…

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