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

Quilt National ’23!

I’m just back from a fabulous weekend at the opening of Quilt National ’23 in Athens, OH. It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of this show–I’m on cloud 9 and I wanted to share some of the highlights. My quilt Vessels was juried into the show, along with 80…

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Spring 2023 Roundup

How did it get to be almost June already? The last couple of months have flown by with exciting teaching and exhibit opportunities. I didn’t have time to post regularly, except on Instagram, so I thought I would recap the highlights here. At the end of February, I taught three classes at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt…

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Creative Crafts Council Exhibit May 9 – July 29

I’m pleased to have two pieces in the 34th Biennial Creative Crafts Council exhibit at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD. The show runs through July 29, 2023 and includes a variety of media from ceramics to woodturning, metal to fiber. When I drove up to the exhibit venue last night for the opening ceremony,…

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