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

Challenge Accepted!

When I saw the fabrics selected for the QuiltCon 2024 fabric challenge, I knew I needed to accept the challenge. Purples and blues with lime green–what’s not to like? Windham and QuiltCon offered a free fat eighth bundle of the fabrics to the first 500 people who asked for them, so I threw my name…

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“Supernova” in Process

I’m working on something I rarely do–revisit an older piece and create something new. A few years ago, I made a quilt called Fireflies using a combination of bright reds, oranges, and yellows, plus dull burgundy and gold, with a black background. It sold last year, and I found that I missed it. Here’s the…

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National Park Goal Finished!

NOTE: This is a non-quilt related post. We did it! Last week we visited the last two National Parks in the US–63 in all! In 1996, my husband Phil and I decided to begin a family quest to visit all the US National Parks. Our kids were 6 and 4 years old at the time.…

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