Friday, October 5, 2012

New digs and other randomness

Welcome to the new look here at DoaQ. I've been wanting for a while to change things up. Thanks to my talented friend April for making it possible. (I am so technologically un-savvy.)

While we're here, a couple of random things to share. My applique 'orange-peel' blocks. I started this last year then some of the blocks got lost when I was carrying them around last winter. I was starting to worry that they'd accidentally been thrown out with the Christmas trash, but when I was cleaning behind the couch this summer, lo and behold, there they were. Whew! Always excited when that happens. This is the first time I've put all the finished blocks, so far, on my design wall. I'm trying to decide how big to eventually go with this one. We'll see. It will probably be a long-time work in progress.
In the mean time I've got a few quilts finished and ready to bind this weekend while I watch LDS General Conference (one of my favorite times of the year.) I will show them off in the next week or so. One is a gift so I have to wait until it's gifted so I don't ruin the surprise here. The other is going to Market in Houston! (Unlike me this time.) But I'm okay, I have some travels of my own up my sleeve this month, including the Sewing Summit next week. I'm getting very excited but already having those dreams where I show up on the wrong day and missed the whole thing, or all 250 people are hiding from me - stuff like that. :)
Lots of other busy-ness going on - my plate feels full.  And yet in the midst of all of it I've succumbed to my annual Pride & Prejudice obsession. Dang Mr. Darcy = so distracting. 

And finally, just because I know you're all dying to know about the highly professional behind-the-scenes goings-on around here, I discovered this little gem on my cell phone that was, unbeknownst to me, capturing some of those thrilling live-action moments of blogging. This video is called "My Mom is doing a Blog Post." And no, I'm sorry, it does not include Colin Firth.

40 comments:

Kristie said...

Love the new look, Amy! And have a blast at SS :)

Francis Paul said...

for some years now I watch all the P&P dvd's when we return from our summer holiday. All episodes in one day.... and my two daughters don't think I'm weird as they watch with me if they can :-)

I love the fabric of your blocks!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Amy love those orange peel blocks, I did a very, very similar quilt in mostly blues years back that we still have on our bed today. It's on the bottom of the bed, 3rd picture in this post:
http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2012/03/m-is-for-master-bedroom.html

Trudi said...

Love the new look! And also obsessed with the BBC vs of pride and prejudice, oh Mr Darcy!

MellieWo said...

Change can be good :) Although I like every version of P & P, the one with Keira Knightley is my fav.

agirlnamedmaria said...

If you haven't already, make sure you watch the 1930's(?) version of Pride and Prejudice starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The best!!

Kallie said...

Love the new look! I should really start watching that show when doing some hand work!!

ritainalaska said...

like the new look! very nice! love the orange peel blocks it's alway delightful to find the lost items! i'm still waiting for some items to show up ... sigh.

I am Just One Mom said...

going to be stitching some binding while I listen, too!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fantastic new look Amy!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your blog looks fabulous! The video was funny.

Tracee said...

Those orange peel blocks are coming together nicely.

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

LOL Kids are great! :)
I love the colors on the Orange peel quilt. SO glad they did not get thrown out. That would have been terrible.

felicity said...

The new look is fab, Amy! I just read "Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James. Definitely worth checking out if you're a P&P fan!

IzzyR said...

I love your new banner, I wish I knew how to do that..The quilt is gorgeous too..

Three Sisterz said...

the new blog design looks great! i hope to meet you next week! i'm a faithful follower.


~Courtenay

Sandy D said...

I am liking your new look.Have a great weekend.This is our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend so lots of family to visit.

Patti said...

Great new look! February is the month for me to sit for 5 hours watching P&P! It's cold and snowy with no end to winter in sight...Colin Firth warms me up! Read "Death Comes to Pemberley"........nope....didn't like it!

Erin McSweeney said...

I love your new layout for the blog...and so excited to meet you at sewing sumit..you were the first blog I started following when I took up quilting and have been a great inspiration.

Tessa Marie said...

I like the new look Amy, especially the polka dots!! Have a great time at sewing summit, wish I was going. Next year!!!

randi--i have to say said...

Very nice look! And I love the orange peel!

Michele said...

The new looks is great I love the cell phone pic. I wanted a new look too and am so much happier now.

Adrianne said...

Your orange peel quilt looks beautiful - I really like a variety of fabrics you have used for the "petals" and the background.

Claire said...

Oh Amy, I just love your new look - I loved it the old way too. Your orange peel quilt is very nice and I must say as always your inspire me to go off and create even though I'm no where near the standard that you are. Thank you for such a great blog - I love reading it and especially the parts where you swoon over Mr Darcy, makes me feel right at home, sigh...

Melissa Corry said...

Love the new look. And any time is a great time for Mr. Darcy!!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the new digs, and looking forward to seeing you in a few days!

Annelies said...

Oh Mr. Darcy...be STILL my heart. I am SOOO ready for P&P, and a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Glorious to wake up and see the weather is more Fall like. I have not been a fan of the high TEMPS when I am dreaming quilts and knitting. XXX

Michelle said...

I'm glad you found them! I'm still looking for some cat blocks I cut out four or five years ago. The quilt top is done, which means they should be turning up soon!

Angela Nash said...

Classic! "Leave her alone!"
And I love your new digs. Looks like you have some wonderful hand-work days ahead. Enjoy!

KellyS said...

Ohhh I think tonight sounds like the perfect night to watch Pride and Prejudice again! I can agree with Mr. Darcy being a sewing distraction!! Love your new look and the video, how cute!

Rebecca Grace said...

I love your orange peel blocks! That's one of the patterns I've always admired, but that seems too difficult for me to even think about trying. Have fun at Sewing Summit. I'm sure not EVERYONE will hide from you! ;-)

CathyK said...

AHHHHH Mr. Darcy!!!!! No one can play Mr. Darcy like Collin Firth!! P.S. Looks like some pretty quilts are being made!

trish said...

Love your new look Amy!! :0)
You will have so much fun at the sewing summit.

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- looks like you have your little one well trained. That made me laugh. Perhaps he could give my hubby some advice LOL.

LOVE those orange peel blocks. I really want to do one, but my only foray into experimental blocks were a mess -- they were too busy. I can see by your blocks that the secret is to have very subdued backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nanette Merrill said...

Darling orange peel blocks. I have some with feedsacks and when I started it was called Parcheesi. Same block, diff name. Yours is super cute.

Laurie, the girls and Scott said...

Love, love the commentary on the video.

Books_Bound said...

Your new site looks great! Is there anything better than a repeat viewing of P&P? I think not. :)

leigh said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE those orange peels! I want to start some!

CraftyRetroRN said...

What ia the name of the fabric line you are using for this quilt?? It is quite delightful. I love red and blue!

Julierose said...

Hi Amy--I would like to know what Orange Peel Pattern you used; this is a lovely piece...thanks, Julierose