"Garden Path" 2011 Cindy Grisdela

Yesterday was a perfect day for working in the studio. Soft rain, a little fall chill in the air . . . I spent part of the day working on “Forest Path,” which I have to admit was one of my least favorite pieces from the project.

I think I rescued it!

Sometimes an otherwise bland piece just needs some inspired lines to make it work. Initially I had thought this one would be a vertical, but thinking about adding texture to it made me decide it needed to be horizontal–and it needed to be a “Garden Path” instead. I stitched some fanciful flowers and leafy plants into the background, using a strong variegated thread so they would show up. The path has a brick-like motif, then there’s a layer of pebbles. Then I switched to a soft green variegated thread that blends into the fabric and added swirling cloud forms at the top and a motif that reminds me of newly mown grass at the bottom.

Right click on the image to see these details more clearly. What do you think?

I have my photographer, Greg Staley, coming to photograph all these pieces on Friday, so I still have a lot of work to do to get them ready!

This piece is part of my project to create 30 quilt tops in 30 days in March 2011. They are all approximately 16″ x 20″ and use solid fabrics that are pieced, not fused. For more information on the project, click on “March 2011″ in the archives on the right.

I’ll have some of the work from the project at the MPA Artfest 2011 on Sunday, October 2. Because it’s an outdoor show and I have to put the work up on screens, there won’t be room for all 30. I’ve just gotten my space assignment and I’m in tent 44 on the end.

All of them will be on display at the Great Falls Studios Studio Tour Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Mark your calendars! Visit the website at the link above to download a brochure. Admission is free and it’s lots of fun!




  1. Terri on September 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I think the quilting looks great on this piece!!!