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

Solo Show at 2022 European Patchwork Meeting!

I’m beyond excited to announce that I will have a solo exhibit at the European Patchwork Meeting show in France this September!   I’m honored to be one of the featured artists located in the Theatre in the village of Sainte Marie Aux Mines in northeastern France. There are 43 exhibits spread over a number…

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I’m a Guest on The Quilting Hour May 27!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be a guest on The Quilting Hour hosted by Lee Chappell Monroe on the Creative Spark Online Learning platform on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 12 PM PST. I’ll be joined by Cheryl Arkinson, author of one of my favorite books, Sunday Morning Quilts, for an episode called “Dip Your…

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Working on a New Series

I’ve been working for the last several months on a new set of quilts with a very different aesthetic than I’ve used in the past. Sometimes these experiments don’t really turn into anything, but I have hopes for this one! The most recent one is Unfurling, pictured below. This is so far my favorite. It’s…

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