"Marble Maze" unquilted top Cindy Grisdela 2011

“Marble Maze” is Day 23 of my one art quilt a day project for the month of March. I’m getting down to the end–maybe I should have picked February!

The Marble theme is one I keep coming back to–I think there are seven of these pieces now. They’re interesting to design because there seem to be so many ways to arrange these simple units. As I’ve said before, the unit is based on a traditional pattern known as Drunkard’s Path, but I cut them freehand so the curves purposely don’t match. The lack of symmetry within the frame appeals to me and I’ve used it frequently over the course of the project, but one viewer said recently he found it somewhat uncomfortable. What do you think?

If you’re new to the project, I challenged myself to create one art quilt a day for the month of March. Each piece is 16″x20,” uses only solid fabrics, and is entirely pieced by machine, not fused. I’ll choose the best of them, quilt them and mount them on stretcher bars, and show them in an exhibit later this year. I’m posting nearly every day on my progress, so check back often! My inspiration was fellow artist Jill Banks deciding in January to paint 100 faces in 100 days. Click on her name to see her progress as well.



  1. Eleanor Samuels on March 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I like it. I think the marble designs are really neat. Love the colors. You are coming down the home stretch now. Proud of you. MOM

  2. Dorry on March 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I keep coming back to look at this one. The marbles seem to float above the gorgeous rich background. The above mentioned lack of symmetry does not bother me at all – in fact I like it that way. I’m wondering how you might quilt this one.

    • Cindy on March 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      This is one of my favorites too, Dorry. I haven’t decided how I’m going to quilt it yet, except I will probably use a motif in each “marble” and something continuous in the “maze” portion. I’m sure it will speak to me once I get it under the machine!