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

I’m Teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in 2024

I’m pleased to be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival February 29 – March 3, 2024. I have three full day classes available, plus I’ll be giving the Early Bird lecture on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 PM. If you’d like to see a short video describing the classes you can take a look at …

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Two Great Exhibit Openings!

I was thrilled to be able to attend the openings of two great exhibits including my work last month. Interpretations 2023 opened at the Visions Museum of Textile Art in San Diego, CA on October 13. Color Grid was one of 38 pieces accepted into the show. Many thanks to jurors Susan T. Avila, Dolores…

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Fabulous MEGA Workshop Week at Madeline Island

What a great week at Madeline Island School of the Arts teaching Piecing Perspectives with Sarah Bond and Maria Shell! It was a team teaching experience–each one of us presented our perspectives on color, line, curve, shape, and design over the first two days, and students were free to choose one, two, or all three…

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