Rewind: A View From My Window

I’ve been sharing oldie but goodie blog posts that were filed under the category: garden. These posts contain a photo history of the flowers and characters that have lived in my garden. While the flowers are responsible for adding color and fragrance the other items add humor as well as a touch of rustic art to my surroundings. Please enjoy this excerpt from my past!

August 17, 2015

There’s nothing like a quiet moment nestled in nature. The aromas, the melodies of the air and the fragrance of the earth are what set my mind at rest and my muscles to relax. I have a small piece of nature in my very own yard. This small piece is home to a variety of flowers, bushes, trees and a few carefully chosen pieces of art. I would like nothing more than to share a piece of my world with you. Here’s a view from my window.

 

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Rewind: What’s Blooming, A Breath of Fresh Air

The beauty of flowers can brighten anyone’s day. I’ve been sharing oldie but goodie blog posts from my archives that include little glimpses into the landscape around me. These posts are from the garden category on my blog. Below is the post I have chosen to rewind today.

July 25, 2015

We’ve all worked and played very hard this week so let’s take a few moments to take a deep breath, release a big sigh and pause for refreshment. Here’s to you and all that you have accomplished!

 

 

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Rewind: What’s Blooming, June 6, 2013

The beauty of nature never grows old; that’s why I have been scrounging around in my archives for blog posts to feature in my rewind series. Each post I’ve selected features photos I’ve taken of the flowering blossoms found near my home. Even though I’ve previously shared theses photos I never grow tired of seeing them; if you are a nature lover I’m sure you would agree. Please enjoy this oldie but goodie!

 

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.

No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.

–Aldo Leopold

You will find more of these oldie but goodie blog posts under the garden category of my blog.

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Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

Rewind: What’s Blooming, May 30, 2013

I’ve rewound another post from the archives of my blog. This one, which was originally shared five years ago today, is one of the posts filed under the garden category of my blog. I hope you enjoy this oldie but goodie!

The beauty of my surroundings never ceases to amaze me!

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Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

Rewind: What’s Blooming, May 23, 2013

Over the last several months I’ve been looking through my archives for posts that deserve a second look. The posts that I have chosen, all of which come from the garden category on my blog, share photos of the gardens surrounding my home. These photos, although taken five years ago, are timeless. The beauty of nature never gets old in my eyes.

Let’s take another walk through the garden . . .

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Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

Rewind: What’s Blooming, May 1, 2015

The beauty of flowers never ceases to amaze me! I enjoy taking photos of flowers and adding them to my library. Every now and then I look through my folders just to admire the specimens once again.

I’ve been sharing a series of oldie but goodie blog posts all focused on my love of flowers. These posts are timeless and well-worth the second look. Below is another one taken from the garden category on my blog. Please enjoy!

May 1, 2015

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Spring, one of my favorite seasons, brings with it the anticipation of abundant sunshine and balmy temperatures. Anyone living in Wisconsin knows that Spring is unpredictable; the thermometer is far from steady, temperatures swing wildly from frigid cold to pleasantly warm, and the much craved sunshine often lies hidden behind layers of clouds.

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But in amongst the disappointing, unpredictable weather comes the beauty and wonder of the slowly emerging tiny plants. Peeking from the buds on every single branch are hundreds of tiny leaves. These small glimpses of new life remind us of the beauty yet to come.

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On one recent balmy day I snatched my camera, slipped on a pair of flip-flops and headed outside to capture a piece of Spring. As I circled my environment I documented as many signs of Spring as I could uncover. Shown here is what I captured from behind my camera’s lens.

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Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

Rewind: Spring Is Finally Here

From time to time I resurrect or rewind some of my oldies but goodies. With spring just around the corner I thought it would be fun to revisit a post I first shared on May 17, 2013. This post is one of several filed under the category I call Gardening.


May 17, 2013

I was very remiss at cleaning out my gardens last fall; there’s plenty of debris just waiting for my attention. While working in my studio recently, I detected movement outside my window, in my peripheral vision. Being curious about the origin, I stopped what I was doing to investigate. Carefully I moved toward the window. As I got closer I could see a big fat robin. The robin was tugging at the leftovers of last year’s Black Eyed Susans.

Stand Still

I stood as still as I could; not wanting to scare the robin away. The bird paused for a moment then tugged once again at the decayed stems. His efforts eventually were successful. As he flew away I could see the new-found items nestled within his beak. The male robin returned numerous times to gather more items. Seeing this robin actively gathering stems and leaves reminded me that YES indeed spring is here! Yippee!

Take A Look

I took advantage of a rainy day recently to pause and take a few photos in my gardens.  This is the fruit of my labors.  Enjoy!

 

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While this post certainly has nothing to do with quilting it does bring you a small taste of the environment that surrounds me.  My home, garden and landscape bring me great joy.  I hope you found today’s tour to be a pleasant one.

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Cindy Anderson
Cindy Anderson

Quilt Retreat Day Five

If you are joining me for the very first time or have been away for a while, I’ve been sharing my latest adventures at my Little Cabin In The Woods (LCITW). This is the fifth posting in the series. If you would like to read the other four I will have links to them at the bottom of this page. Welcome!

Day Five

I awoke this morning to another absolutely gorgeous day in the north woods. The sun is filtering through the trees creating a dappled light that gently illuminates my work area. I feel so blessed to have this space.

Artful Improv

Last night, when I crawled beneath my covers, I took with me Cindy Grisdela’s book “Artful Improv.” After finishing the quilt top for the commissioned project yesterday I wasn’t quite sure what to tackle next. By reading Cindy’s book I thought perhaps it might be the spark to lead me in my next direction. Unfortunately my overwhelming fatigue allowed me to only briefly browse the many colorful and interesting pages.

Free-Form Quilts

Even though the quick tour was not really enough time to glean a lot of information it did bring back memories of the class I took a year ago this last May. It was a class led by Rayna Gillman called Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. I wrote about the retreat in several posts. This is a link to one of the posts. I enjoy creating art through patterns as well as improvisational methods or improv. Since my stay so far had been focused on a pattern I decided today it seemed only natural to turn toward the improv direction.

The Candidates

While packing for this adventure I included, in my project box, the blocks I had created from a previous block swap. The blocks I received were not at all to my liking. Rather than leave them as they were I cut them up and turned them into smaller improv pieces. The new inventions were surrounded by white fabric and stitched together to form a quilt top. To let the quilt’s appearance solidify in my mind I set the quilt top aside to stew.

After weeks of revisiting the quilt’s visual impact I still couldn’t make peace with it’s existence. With quilt top in one hand and a seam ripper in the other I removed the stitches connecting the blocks and placed the blocks in a pile. Eventually a few of them were used to create the art pieces found here: Art Quilt Number 4, Art Quilt Number 6, Art Quilt Number 11, Art Quilt Number 12, Art Quilt Number 13 and Art Quilt Number 14. The remaining blocks have been patiently waiting for my attention. Today’s their day, well at least for some of them.

3 or 24

There currently are 24 blocks that have not been re-purposed and three that obviously have. Big decision now! Do I play with the three or do I focus on the 24?

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The 24 blocks, although a much larger undertaking, is the direction I went.

There were many of the 24 blocks I really liked and the rest not-so-much. I decided to sort them into two piles, yes & no.

Yes and No

The ones on the left are the yes pile. There were seven blocks in the not-so-much or no pile. That left me with seventeen blocks.

Down to Seventeen

The seventeen were then sorted by color theme into a pile of nine somewhat subdued colors and the other eight slightly more vibrant colors. The stack of nine were shuffled through several arrangements until I found a color flow that I found appealing.

Next I had to decide if I wanted to leave them in their current size or shrink them down. Eventually I decided to leave the white border as is. The version with the larger white border gave the eye more room to rest. Here’s how they looked after being stitched together.

Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen 9
Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen 9

I’m calling them Art Quilt # 17: The Chosen 9.

The other eight blocks were divided into two groups of four. Each grouping was left as is. No changes were made in their dimensions. Here’s how the mini quilts looked after they were assembled.

Art Quilt # 18: Four Friends # 1
Art Quilt # 18: Four Friends # 1

This one is called Art Quilt # 18: Four Friends # 1

Art Quilt # 19: Four Friends # 2
Art Quilt # 19: Four Friends # 2

and this one is called Art Quilt # 19: Four Friends # 2.

Rising Star

One other small block was modified with the addition of a few fabrics and a striking yellow border. This sweet little gem, which I have named Art Quilt # 20: Rising Star, looked like this.

Art Quilt # 20: Rising Star
Art Quilt # 20: Rising Star

All four art pieces are awaiting the quilting process. I will update you when they are finished.

Unplanned Excitement

Before closing today I must share a brief account of my exciting afternoon. I discovered the presence of a winged insect, of the scary kind, inside my LCITW. This was the fourth one I had encountered. To explore where these creepy things might be coming into my cabin I went outside to take a look. Our air conditioners are located on the roof of the cabin. As I looked up at the one above my bedroom I noticed a fairly steady stream of critters flying in and out.

Multiple alarms (that’s putting it mildly) started sounding in my head. There was no way I could let that continue. After a few phone calls I found a local expert that could rectify my situation. Much to my delight he was able to make a service call within hours. Before the gentlemen left he knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to see the nest he had removed. Who wouldn’t want to? I grabbed my camera and went to see what he had found. I was absolutely shocked when I saw the nest. Take a look.

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Isn’t it huge!! Thank goodness he took it with him! I was so glad he could remove the nest and not get stung.

That’s All

Well this brings Day Five to a close. At the beginning of my post I told you I would share links to the first four days. Here they are: Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four. I look forward to our next visit. If you like what you have read and are not currently a follower, why not join in. To sign up just enter your email address in the designated area. It’s location varies depending upon what type of a device your are reading this on.

Thanks for visiting! Until next time, Happy Quilting!

Cindy Anderson