New digs and other randomness

Check out my new project: Red White and Blue Orange Peel applique quilt blocks.

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.

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    October 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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

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    Francis Paul
    October 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    for some years now I watch all the P&amp;P dvd&#39;s when we return from our summer holiday. All episodes in one day…. and my two daughters don&#39;t think I&#39;m weird as they watch with me if they can :-)<br /><br />I love the fabric of your blocks!

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    Jaime Costiglio
    October 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    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&#39;s on the bottom of the bed, 3rd picture in this post: <br />http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2012/03/m-is-for-master-bedroom.html

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    October 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    If you haven&#39;t already, make sure you watch the 1930&#39;s(?) version of Pride and Prejudice starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The best!!

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    October 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    like the new look! very nice! love the orange peel blocks it&#39;s alway delightful to find the lost items! i&#39;m still waiting for some items to show up … sigh.

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    I am Just One Mom
    October 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    October 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Fantastic new look Amy!

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    Live a Colorful Life
    October 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Your blog looks fabulous! The video was funny.

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    October 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Those orange peel blocks are coming together nicely.

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    A.J. Dub. (Amy)
    October 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    LOL Kids are great! 🙂 <br />I love the colors on the Orange peel quilt. SO glad they did not get thrown out. That would have been terrible.

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    October 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The new look is fab, Amy! I just read &quot;Death Comes to Pemberley&quot; by P.D. James. Definitely worth checking out if you&#39;re a P&amp;P fan!

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    October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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

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    Three Sisterz
    October 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    the new blog design looks great! i hope to meet you next week! i&#39;m a faithful follower.<br /><br /><br />~Courtenay

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    Sandy D
    October 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Great new look! February is the month for me to sit for 5 hours watching P&amp;P! It&#39;s cold and snowy with no end to winter in sight…Colin Firth warms me up! Read &quot;Death Comes to Pemberley&quot;……..nope….didn&#39;t like it!

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    Erin McSweeney
    October 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    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.

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    Tessa Marie
    October 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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

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    randi--i have to say
    October 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Very nice look! And I love the orange peel!

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    October 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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

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    October 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Your orange peel quilt looks beautiful – I really like a variety of fabrics you have used for the &quot;petals&quot; and the background.

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    October 6, 2012 at 1:16 am

    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&#39;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…

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    Melissa Corry
    October 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

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

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    Katy Cameron
    October 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

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

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    October 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Oh Mr. Darcy…be STILL my heart. I am SOOO ready for P&amp;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

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    October 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I&#39;m glad you found them! I&#39;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!

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    Angela Nash
    October 7, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Classic! &quot;Leave her alone!&quot; <br />And I love your new digs. Looks like you have some wonderful hand-work days ahead. Enjoy!

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    October 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    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!

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    Rebecca Grace
    October 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I love your orange peel blocks! That&#39;s one of the patterns I&#39;ve always admired, but that seems too difficult for me to even think about trying. Have fun at Sewing Summit. I&#39;m sure not EVERYONE will hide from you! 😉

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    October 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

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

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    October 8, 2012 at 5:55 am

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

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    October 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hahaha — looks like you have your little one well trained. That made me laugh. Perhaps he could give my hubby some advice LOL.<br /><br />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!

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    Nanette Merrill
    October 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    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.

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    October 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Love, love the commentary on the video.

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    October 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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

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    October 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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

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    August 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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

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    November 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

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

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