I'm surprised to discover that I might turn out not to be a hand-quilter. I'm a big fan of most slow-moving, tiny-steps handwork, so I assumed that when I started making quilts I would see it all the way through to the tiny beautiful tedious stitching, but I just don't get it. Or, maybe, I haven't gotten it yet, but still, on this project I gave myself a limited hand-quilting assignment (stitch the ditch on the log cabins + 2 concentric squares on the solid square patches, then machine-quilt the rest), & after only one patch I decided to just see what it would be like to machine those little squares instead. It quickly turned out to be like this is way better than that hand sewing thing. Cramming the quilt through my little machine makes things a bit wobbly, which is a challenge to my perfectionism, but happily I can justify this by saying that the uneven lines on my quilts match the uneven lines on my art & so is my idiom or something -- & it has the added bonus of not having irritating & fiddly little needles that hurt my fingers.
Stitching & picking out & dropping fiddly little needles that mysteriously vanish, like, seriously, vanish, aside, I am still having a great time with this quilt. I'm using organic cotton batting this time, & it's amazingly soft, which is great to work with now that I'm in the quilting stage, but was a little irritating during the "sandwiching" -- it's so soft that I had to be careful not to pull it out of shape while I was getting rid of wrinkles. I'm doing essentially the same quilting on this one as I did on my first version of this design, so I'm curious to see how the two battings compare in the final product (I think maybe I used this last time).
After a day of wrestling with the quilt, looking out the window at the rain (o, rambunctious indoor children, how glad I am that I just ordered the Electric Company dvds for future rainy days), packing up orders, etc, I decided to answer the call to cupcakes from angry chicken's birthday post this morning. I mean, really, twist my arm. I made a variation on the coconut cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengeance ("variation" = followed the recipe as best I could without going to the grocery, plus half a bag of chocolate chips), which you see here cunningly posed on my new issue of Marie Claire Idees (by subscription! No more random & often fruitless trips to the inconvenient newsstand!) mere moments before it was discovered & eaten by my extremely pleased & somewhat sneaky daughter.