Three Cindy Grisdela Quilts included in 500 Traditional Quilts book.

Three Cindy Grisdela Quilts included in 500 Traditional Quilts book.

I’m excited to announce that a newly published book–500 Traditional Quilts–includes three of my quilts.

It’s a beautiful book with lots of inspiring images, curated by Karey Patterson Bresenhan. I’m honored to be in such wonderful company. I’ve known about this for a while now and it’s been tough to keep it to myself, but I wanted to wait until the book was out to post about it. It was a huge thrill to come home from my last show–Art in the High Desert in Oregon–to find my very own copy had been delivered!

The book is available on Amazon here and in other bookstores nationwide.

Although my work may not be considered traditional in the strictest sense, it is undoubtedly influenced by tradition, since I spent many years creating quilts using well-known patterns and techniques before my work began to evolve into more contemporary, abstract designs.

Rainbow Playing with Crayons Quilts

“Playing with Crayons” Cindy Grisdela

The background of the image at left is one of the pieces in the book, Playing with Crayons. I consider this quilt one of the ones that started me on my contemporary journey.

Playing with Colors, Cindy Grisdela

Playing with Colors, Cindy Grisdela

Crayons is based on the traditional log cabin pattern, but I used an improvisational technique to make blocks that don’t have straight lines. It’s one of my favorite designs and it’s been exhibited and shown widely.

Also in the book is Playing with Colors, an improvisational take on the traditional Drunkard’s Path pattern that is part of the same series, using all the colors of the rainbow in cheerful designs that hopefully bring a smile to your face.

Both of these quilts have been shipped to Texas, where they will be part of a special exhibit illustrating the book at the prestigious Houston International Quilt Festival at the end of October. Then they will travel for a year or so to several other venues.

Amber Harvest Cindy Grisdela

Amber Harvest Cindy Grisdela

The third quilt in the book is Amber Harvest, which is also a variation on the traditional log cabin quilt. This piece is now in a private collection, but it has also been exhibited widely and won a Juror’s Choice award at the Art Quilts Lowell quilt show several years ago.

I’m thrilled to have my work selected for this book, as well as for the traveling exhibition. If you happen to be at the Houston show, let me know how they look–I won’t be able to be there this year because I’m exhibiting at the Washington Craft Show in Washington, DC the same weekend, October 31-November 2.


  1. MOM on September 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Congratulations! These are some of my favorites.

  2. Doris Judge on September 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations! Your quilts are amazing!

  3. Sharon Koppel on September 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    These quilts were some of my early inspiration to begin creating contemporary quilts myself. Your art is awesome!! Congratulations!

  4. Jennifer Duncan on October 3, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Very cool! Congratulations!