students designing new art

Students designing Compositions at “Building Blocks of Improv Quilting” Class

Happy New Year!

Registration is open for my Artful Improv: Building Blocks of Improv Design workshop on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Learn to let go of the “rules” and piece blocks in an intuitive, free form fashion to create your own unique quilts. In the class we’ll explore modern versions of log cabin, drunkard’s path and rail fence designs, plus curved piecing and inset strips. Put the units together in your own way to create a small wall hanging that reflects your own tastes and personality.

The workshop will be held at the Great Falls School of Art at 756 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Visit for more information and to register.

Time Travel wall quilt with a combination of elements

“Time Travel” Cindy Grisdela

"Box of Marbles" quilt using modern curved piecing

“Box of Marbles” Cindy Grisdela

Time Travel is an example of one of my quilts that uses three different elements in one quilt–improv log cabins, inset strips, and curved borders. Or perhaps you’re more interested in just one element, like the contemporary drunkard’s path blocks in Box of Marbles. You get to choose!

I like to use mostly solids, but batiks or small prints can work well too. You don’t need to buy a lot of fabric or supplies to take the class–scraps from your scrap basket will work, and I’ll have some fabric to share too.

Learn how to create the building blocks, then use your creativity to come up with your own unique quilt! We’ll talk about color, design, adding texture, and finishing techniques. I’d love for you to join us!