I had a blast last week taping an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims! Of course I was super nervous thinking about it, but the producers and staff were so organized and Ricky and Alex warm and welcoming, so the nerves went away and I just had fun.

I flew to Dallas on Wednesday with my 50 lb. suitcase full of quilts and demos. I stopped by the studio to lay the quilts out on a table to relax from the flight and get a tour of the set. I was the first guest in this round of taping, so there wasn’t another guest to watch, but I felt a lot more comfortable just seeing the place where it all would happen.

My first glimpse of my quilts hung and lit the next day on Thursday was breathtaking! The team did such an amazing job with them–I’ve never seen my work look so good.

My quilts on The Quilt Show set – Cindy Grisdela


Second wall of quilts on The Quilt Show – Cindy Grisdela

Ricky kidded me that I really need to get comfortable with color!

The first segment is a Show and Tell/Get to Know You with Alex and Ricky. We chatted about my quilt journey and how Alex and I both began quilting before rotary cutters were a thing–handmade cardboard templates and scissors all we had to work with. Plus I had a minute or so to talk about the quilts on the wall.

Chatting with Alex and Ricky on the set

The producers for the show were incredibly thorough–talking with me on the phone several weeks ahead of time and then via email up until the taping to get details for this conversation and for my demos. I found myself telling Executive Producer Shelly that one of the reasons I’m an artist today was a 7th grade humanities class with a very dynamic teacher that ignited my love of art and artists. I don’t think that tidbit made it into the conversation, but it was interesting that I hadn’t thought about itfor ages until she asked her questions. And there’s a segment at the end about my family’s quest to visit all the National Parks–which isn’t quilt-related at all but was a fun conversation.

The first segment was about my Improv Puzzle quilts with Alex.

Talking about Improv Puzzles with Alex Anderson TQS

There were large TV screens backstage so the producers and staff could see how things looked on the screen. This section was really fun–I love to talk about how basic log cabin blocks can be transformed with a few simple improv techniques–and Alex seemed to like it too!

TQS Backstage


The second segment was about cutting fearless curves with Ricky–who loves curves.

Cutting Curves with Ricky Tims TQS

We chatted about simple ways to cut curves without a template, as well as the more advanced method to design the curves as you go along. Both of these techniques are in my new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts, which is due for release next month.

Setting up the shot TQS

It takes a whole staff to set up the shots, plus multiple cameras to capture both the big picture and the details.

TQS Set with Cameras

Detail Shot TQS

I’m tremendously grateful to my friend Deborah Boschert who came to the set to give me moral support and took most of these pictures.

If you visit The Quilt Show blog, you can catch a short glimpse of one of my segments from the control room.

The show is expected to air in late October and I’ll be sure to post an update when it’s available!





  1. Knoll Nancy on August 31, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Good for you. Can’t wait to see you on tv. I enjoyed our zoom class last week quite a lot.

    • Cindy on August 31, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Nancy! I’ll post again when the show airs. I’m so glad you enjoyed the class–I thought it was fun too!


  2. Mary Huspeni on August 31, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Congratulations on your appearance on The Quilt Show. I love your new piece on the black background. The black sets all the colors off beautifully. Lovely lovely quilt..

    • Cindy on September 1, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Mary! I’m glad you like the new Fireflies quilt–it was a lot of fun to make and I’m pleased with how it turned out.


  3. Sharon on September 1, 2021 at 2:35 am

    I just found you! I ordered your book and decided to look you up. I love your improv quilts and I’m excited to learn about you and follow your journey. I have to figure out how to get the quilt show before your segment airs. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    • Cindy on September 1, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you very much, Sharon! I’ll keep you posted on when the show will air and I hope you enjoy my book!


  4. Mike on September 1, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Very much looking forward to seeing this episode when it drops and to receiving your new book when it ships!

    • Cindy on September 1, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Mike!