Spring Pillows 2012 Cindy Grisdela

I finished four cheerful new pillows and took them into The Artisans

More Spring Pillows 2012 Cindy Grisdela

shop last Friday. Such happy colors–they definitely add a splash of Spring wherever you put them!

Which one is your favorite?

The Artisans is a fun gift shop located at 1368 Chain
Bridge Road in McLean, VA. They have an eclectic mix of jewelry, pottery, accessories, clothing and other gift ideas–it’s always a treat to pay them a visit and see what’s new!

Bride's Bouquet 2011 Cindy Grisdela

I’m also part of an exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon called “Quilts: Collaborative Art by Northern Virginia Quilters,” which runs until February 12. The gallery is located at 750 Center St. in Herndon, VA.

My piece is called “Bride’s Bouquet.” It’s part of a group challenge where everyone was given an antique block from a quilt that was never finished–that’s the central block at left, a traditional pattern known as Dresden Plate–and asked to create something new. I designed a bright contemporary background and hand-appliqued the original block to it, then added lots of texture with different stitching motifs.

Definitely something a little outside my comfort zone, but interesting to combine something old and something new. There are 12 others in the show and it’s amazing how different they all are.

I was surprised the other day to find out that my piece was selected to publicize the show in elan magazine. What fun to flip the pages and see my work jump out when I didn’t expect it!


  1. Dorry on January 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks Cindy for mentioning the show at ArtSpace. There are 40 something other quilts on show there so everyone is invited to come along for a real treat of quilts to see displayed gallery style. This has been a very popular show at the gallery. If you visit on Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoons you can meet some of the exhibiting quilters. But before I am there again Friday I must stop over at The Artisans shop to see what wonderful goodies are there along with Cindy’s bright spring thoughts pillows.

  2. MOM on January 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I like your Bride’s bouquet. The quilting is beautiful and I like the way you appliqued the plate on the solid fabrics. The pillows are beautiful. Good job.