Welcome to Day 5 of the Blog Tour for my new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts! Today the featured blogger is Carolina Oneto from Brazil. I’ve followed Carolina on Instagram for a number of years–she’s an artist and a teacher with some amazing online classes covering color, design, curves, and transparencies. She is also generous in sharing the work of other quilters with her followers–she featured my work about a year ago and I’ve found some great artists to follow from her posts. If you don’t follow Carolina on Instagram yet–check out her feed!

Carolina liked the chapter in the book about the Elements and Principles of Design. That’s one of my favorites too! I was an art history major in college, so I learned about the elements and principles then as they relate to painting and other more traditional art forms. But they apply to Improv quilts too, and they’re a useful  tool to help you evaluate your design as you go along, as well as a way to decide when it’s finished.

Red Rover – Cindy Grisdela

The featured quilt for today from the book is Red Rover. There’s a lot to consider with this quilt in terms of design–the texture created in the central area with the lines and shapes of the Angled Stripes and Improv Blocks, the asymmetrical design with borders on just two sides, the balance created by the small striped block in the upper right corner to offset the asymmetry, the variety in the size and shape of the striped blocks, and the contrast of linear vs. curved elements in the the design.

The design for this quilt began with some leftover Improv Blocks–the three that you see in the center section–plus an idea I had from a pillow I’d seen in a home decor magazine and just grew from those two ideas.

Each weekday until Wednesday, October 20, 2021, different bloggers will be posting their perspective on the book. If you add a comment on any of the blogs, you’ll be entered to win an eBook copy of Adventures in Improv, generously donated by C&T Publishing. I’m so grateful to all these talented artists for participating in the Tour and helping me get the word out about my new book!

The winners won’t be chosen until after the Tour ends, so if even you miss a day, you can still go back and participate.

Thanks for following along on the Blog Tour–I really appreciate all your comments!

Here’s the full schedule:

October 12, 2021 C&T Publishing https://www.ctpub.com/blog/adventures-in-improv-quilts-social-media-tour/

October 13, 2021 Maria Shell, Tales of a Stitcher  https://talesofastitcher.com/2021/10/13/adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela-ebook-give-away/

October 14, 2021 Jenny Lyon, Quilt Skipper  https://quiltskipper.com/2021/10/book-review-adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela/

October 15, 2021 Becca Fenstermaker, Pretty Piney  https://prettypiney.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts/

October 16, 2021 No post Saturday

October 17, 2021 No post Sunday

October 18, 2021 Carolina Oneto https://carolinaoneto.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts-by-cindy-grisdela/

October 19, 2021 HollyAnne Knight, String and Story  https://www.stringandstory.com/blog

October 20, 2021 Cindy Grisdela https://cindygrisdela.com/blog/

If you’d like your very own signed copy of the book, you can order it on the website at https://cindygrisdela.com/product/adventures-in-improv-quilts/, or it is available without a signature from a variety of online sources, including C&T Publishing at https://www.ctpub.com/adventures-in-improv-quilts/

Many quilt stores also offer the book–if yours doesn’t, maybe you can ask them to order it for you!




  1. Bren Holmes on October 19, 2021 at 4:12 am

    ‘Red Rover’ is so bright and cheerful and there’s so much to look at in it. Each time I look I see something different. Your comments on design are interesting. I love to quilt and play with fabric, but really have no idea about design. I am so enjoying your tour.

    • Cindy on October 19, 2021 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Bren–I’m glad you’re enjoying the Tour and I hope you get some ideas about color and design from it.