Artist, Teacher, Author of Artful Improv and Adventures in Improv Quilts

Cindy Grisdela – Artist, Teacher and Author


I’m Cindy Grisdela – an Artist, Teacher and Author from Reston, VA.

Color and texture are the driving forces behind my contemporary art quilts. Browse my site to see how I combine line and shape, then add stitching lines to create texture and dimension – a process I like to think of as painting with fabric and thread.



Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting

Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design and Construction

Workshops & Lectures

I’m passionate about helping others find the creativity I believe lives inside each of us, just waiting for permission to come out and play.

Online Learning

Take a class on your own schedule in your PJs if you want to! Class content includes video, text, and still photos that give step-by-step guidance to create your own designs.

Latest News From Cindy

Playing with Scraps

I’ve always been a scrap quilter at heart. From my earliest log cabin quilts decades ago, I’ve enjoyed pulling out the leftover strips and strings and turning them into something interesting. Inspired by my friend Susan Lapham’s scrap quilts in the month of January, I decided to gift myself some time to play this week.…

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Textile Talk Interview Recording Available

  I had a great time chatting with Alicia Thomas, Executive Director of the Virginia Quilt Museum, about my solo show at the museum on Textile Talks this month! Sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the talk featured a short video walk-through of my show, Abstractions in Color, and then questions about my process,…

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Quilter’s Color Mixer Online Feb. 3

I’m excited to participate in the Quilter’s Color Mixer online event hosted by Creative Spark Online Learning on February 3, 2024 at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. It’s a live, virtual event including 8 other artists and teachers, plus a keynote address by Jen Kingwell.   Choosing colors for your quilt can sometimes be…

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