It’s almost here!

My new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts, is at the printer and nearly ready for release! That means it’s time to start taking pre-orders for signed copies of the book. Go to the shop at and place your order. If you’d like the book personalized to yourself, or someone else, please write me note in the comments section of your order and let me know the correct name to use.

The official release date is September 25, 2021 and I will mail your book as soon as I get the physical copies via USPS Priority Mail. Shipping is free in the US. I am unable to ship internationally at this time.

This is so exciting! I submitted the proposal for my new idea in December 2019 and it was accepted in January 2020. I spent the next eight or nine months writing the text and making the quilts, then submitted everything to C&T Publishing in September 2020. It takes a long time for everything to come together–the text editing, the photography, the design and cover.

Adventures is different from Artful Improv in several ways, if you’re curious.

Artful Improv was designed to speak to quilters who were ready to dip a toe into Improv instead of following patterns. My new book will pick up where Artful Improv leaves off to give readers a road map to discover what’s next once they have mastered the basics of Improv. It will expand on using the principles of design to create original works of art with emphasis on three different ways to create improvisationally, starting with the easiest—using one block in different colors and orientations, to combining block units using various techniques, to aspirational–free cutting the entire quilt and designing it on the wall before sewing.

There are also sections on color, design, and free motion stitching, plus what I call “guided exercises” to help you make some of the quilts. They aren’t patterns exactly, but they do give you more of a road map than I did in Artful Improv. They are both standalone books–you can enjoy Adventures without having read Artful Improv, even if you’re new to Improv.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the quilts from the book:

There’s a guided exercise for Blue Puzzle–one of my Improv Puzzle quilts that uses controlled Improv Log Cabin blocks and Angled Stripe units in multiples of three to create an interesting design.

Blue Puzzle – Cindy Grisdela

And another guided exercise to cut easy multiple cut curved blocks in Retro Curves.

Modern Retro Circles - Cindy Grisdela

Retro Curves – Cindy Grisdela


Have fun with free motion quilting motifs like Square Stipples and Spirals or free form combinations, like this detail from Aquarius.

Aquarius Stitching Detail – Cindy Grisdela

I’m excited to share it all with you!


  1. Lynn Sykes on August 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I would love to preorder a copy of your new book. What do I need to do?