First 10 Days of March Cindy Grisdela 2011

Well, it took me longer than I had planned to get back to my thoughts about my 30 days of quilt tops for the month of March project. I had quite a few things to get caught up on!

I don’t think I realized, fortunately, what a big project this would turn out to be when I started it on the first of March. I thought that since some of the big design decisions, like how big the piece would be and what kind of fabrics I would use, were made ahead of time, that it would streamline the process. And it did, to some extent. Each small art quilt in the project is roughly 16″ x 20″ and they are all made of solid hand dyed fabrics that I purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.

Each quilt top took a minimum of three hours to piece–and some took quite a bit more than that. I hadn’t counted on that part–that’s a big chunk of the day!

Having the discipline to go into the studio each day to create a quilt top–and to make that the priority for the day–was one of the definite benefits of the project. Some days were better than others, of course, but the creativity that was unleashed just from showing up was surprising to me. So I want to continue that. Working in series was important as well–I have some ideas for larger pieces based on the work I did last month.

One of the most difficult aspects of the project was naming each piece right after it was created. That’s not my normal routine, but naming is important–some visitors commented that the name of  a piece made it more meaningful–and I think that’s true. I got better at it as the month went on, and hopefully I’ve learned something important about the naming process.

The most important thing I learned from this is that I love my work! I can’t wait to quilt these pieces and exhibit them.

Do you have a favorite?

Second 10 Days of March Cindy Grisdela 2011

Last 10 Days of March Cindy Grisdela 2011


  1. Terri on April 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I followed along on your month-long journey and I think the end results are just marvelous. I don’t know if I have a favorite as I think they are all wonderful. Now I look forward to your sharing them as you quilt them. Congrats on your accomplishment.

    • Cindy on April 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much Terri! I appreciate your kind words. It’s going to be fun to quilt them and show them again.

  2. Barbara Tricarico on April 6, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I think it’s a GREAT body of work….lots of continuity and design, yet all different. You did an awesome job and I enjoyed following it day-to-day!

    • Cindy on April 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks Barb! I’m glad I made it through–now to the quilting part.