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

Another Visit to the Crow Barn

I spent the last two weeks of May in Ohio studying with Nancy Crow at her Timberframe Barn studio with a group of other intrepid artists. This was my seventh time studying with Nancy, and it was intense and challenging, as usual. The class was called Creative Stretches in Compositional Exercises–kind of a mouthful. But…

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Amazing Galapagos Adventure!

Note: This is a non-quilt related post. My husband Phil and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this month with a trip to the Galapagos Islands about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in part because of its unique diversity of plants and animals.…

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So Much Fun with Abstracting from Art!

Last week I taught my Abstracting from Art workshop to a talented group of quilters from Needlechasers of Chevy Chase in Maryland. It was so much fun I’m still buzzing from it! The main idea behind the class is using an inspiration source–photo, piece of art, graphic design, home decor or clothing–to jumpstart your creative…

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