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

European Patchwork Meeting is Next Week!

It’s almost here! The European Patchwork Meeting quilt show opens next week on Thursday, September 15, 2022. I’ve been working feverishly to finish up some new pieces for my solo show there–piecing, quilting, sewing on facings, sleeves and labels. And getting them photographed, of course–documenting the work is important. Above are a few of the…

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Summer 2022 Exhibits

July 2022 is a busy month for exhibits in the DC area for me! I’m pleased to have my Unfurling and Balance quilts hung at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis, MD as part of the Fiber Options: Material Explorations exhibit. This is a national exhibit that happens every two years. There…

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Independent Study with Michael James

I recently returned from a 7 day independent study workshop with textile artist Michael James at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) in Columbus, Ohio. There were about 20 students in the class–everyone with a different plan for the week based on their own studio practice. It was fascinating seeing the work other students were…

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