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

A Look Back at 2022

In 2022 things finally got back to some semblance of “normal,” whatever that is. I continued to teach and lecture online, but I got back to traveling to teach and attend opening events. I will be doing both online and in person events in 2023. Thank you for following along on my journey!   I…

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Expanded Studio Space!

I’ve expanded my studio space at the Artists Atelier in Great Falls, VA, so I have room to show some larger quilts, plus scarves and purses printed from high quality photos of my work, new pillows, and note cards, plus signed copies of both my books, Artful Improv and Adventures in Improv Quilts. The studio…

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Solo Show Review

I received a nice review of my solo show FiberWorks at the AFA Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA, plus some photos of the opening reception. It’s always interesting to me to hear how others receive my abstract work. Sometimes the imagery I intended to portray comes through, and sometimes the viewer takes…

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