I’m excited to be teaching my popular “Artful Improv” class at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, May 12 this year.

In this playful class we learn how to design quilts improvisationally, without a pattern, so each quilt is unique as its maker. There’s no way to make a mistake, and it’s always great to see how different each student’s quilt will be from the others, and even from my work. That’s one of the things I like best about teaching Artful Improv.

No pattern + no rules = FUN!

Lime Medley–the featured quilt for this post–is one of the quilts I’ve made using these techniques.

We talk about color choices, simple design options, and learn several piecing techniques that I use to create my quilts, like Improv Blocks, Angled Stripes, Modern Curves, and Insets. Students can use one or more of these techniques to design their own quilt, and I bring lots of my own work to give you ideas on how to put things together. You can use mostly solid fabrics, like I do, or prints, or a combination of the two. We even talk about free motion stitching and alternatives to bindings.

Artful Improv Class in Reston, VA - Cindy Grisdela

Artful Improv Class in Reston, VA – Cindy Grisdela

It’s been a while since I’ve taught this class in the DC area, so if you’ve been thinking about taking it, now is a good time! Visit https://www.artisticartifacts.com/product/9605122018.html for more information and to sign up.

Plus, Artistic Artifacts, located at 4750 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304, was recently named as one of the 10 quilt shops featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine–how cool is that? Read about it here.

I hope to see you in class!