2016 Houston Special Exhibit List - Cindy Grisdela Art QuiltsI’m excited to announce that I’m going to have a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall featuring 16 quilts from my new book, Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Freemotion Stitching!

The brochure for the Festival just came out and you can see my Artful Improv Exhibit listed about midway down on the left side.

I spent days and days recently sewing on sleeves and labels and packing all the quilts up to ship to Houston. I haven’t sent my quilts to a quilt show in a long time, and not all of them had the regulation size 4″ sleeve that is necessary to hang them on the display system Houston uses.

LabelsforHouston_CindyGrisdelaAnd none of them had the quilt label sewn on the back, since I prefer to stitch my signature directly into the front of each of my pieces.

Stitched Signature - Cindy Grisdela Art QuiltsBut it was fun to revisit some of the quilts for the book, since most of them had been at C&T Publishing for photography for quite a while. And since the quilts are going to be away until November, it’s good to have all my information on each one.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise by showing the quilts from the exhibit, but you can see details in the signature quilt at left and the quilt in the feature photo!

Artful Improv - My new book - Cindy Grisdela

Artful Improv – My new book – Cindy Grisdela

The Festival runs from Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 6 this year, with a preview night on Wednesday November 2.  I plan to be there for the whole time talking to people about the book and the quilts, and I’m really looking forward to it! Hours are 10-7 Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. The preview night is 7-10 for members of the International Quilt Association and class enrollees.

My hope is that the book will debut at the Festival too–stay tuned for more information as I get it!




Mark your calendars for these upcoming shows in 2016:


Ann Arbor Street Art Fair – The Original, July 21-24, Ann Arbor, MI, Booth 140
Workhouse Fine Arts Festival, September 10-11, 2016, Lorton, VA
100 Craftswomen, September 23-25, 2016, Princeton, NJ
Great Falls Studios Annual Studio Tour, October 14-16, Great Falls, VA
American Fine Craft Show | Washington, October 21-23, Washington, DC
One of A Kind Show and Sale, December 1-4, Chicago, IL
I hope to see you at one of these events!


  1. Eleanor on July 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations! Super!

  2. Robin Kent on July 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Hey, Cindy: Congratulations on the Houston gig! Hope it’s a smashing success.