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

New Solo Show in Alexandria, VA

I’m pleased to announce a new solo show at the art department gallery at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. Called “FiberWorks,” the show will run through December 18, 2022 and features a selection of my large wall hangings, as well as smaller pieces mounted on painted black canvas. Hours are 8 AM…

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European Patchwork Meeting was a Blast!

I’m back now from my amazing trip to Europe and my solo show at the European Patchwork Meeting (EPM) and getting my photos and thoughts organized to share with you. We spent three days in Paris before the show opened–my husband and me and one of our adult children. We had two birthdays to celebrate!…

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Playing with Colors Virtual Lecture at MQG Sessions Oct. 16

I’m looking forward to giving my new Playing with Colors lecture at the virtual Sessions event hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild! The online event begins next week–October 13-16, 2022. My lecture is scheduled for Sunday, October 16 at 1:30 PM Central Time. I’ve updated the lecture for the Modern Quilt Guild, so if you’ve…

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