January has brought fierce winds, a nor'easter that dumped around16 inches of snow here, and after a one day thaw, we're back in deep frigid bleak mid-winter. The temperature this morning was -19F and as I write this it is -8 degrees. Our year-old Sammy cat is outside at the moment, worrisome to be sure, but he's become the little terrorist if we try to restrain him from going outdoors. Hopefully he is in the barn where there is a small heat lamp over his "camping out" bed. He's quite the adventurer, yesterday we caught him stalking a couple deer who like to visit the bird feeders near the barn. Quite a sight as they all took off running, Sammy gave up the chase when he saw those long legs a-leaping!
On the quilting front, the year started lazily and I decided to attack the baggies and swiffer boxes of scraps in an attempt to clear some of the excess clutter around here. Happy to say my January mini was finished early last week, and will be posted closer to the end of the month. Then I tackled another bag of mostly 2-1/2 inch scrappy pieces most of which were leftovers from the Marrakesh quilt of a few years back. I ended up with three placemats and two smaller hot dish or mug-rug flimsies, to hopefully all be quilted soon. I'm planning to raid my orphan block box for backings for all of these, the plan being to use up as many of those oddballs as possible this year.