I’m thrilled that 3 Friends won “Best Interpretation of the Theme” in the Mid-Century Modern category at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza September 14-17, 2023.

3 Friends – Cindy Grisdela


Ribbon for 3 Friends at 2023 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

Many thanks to Mancuso Show Management and to the show judges for this honor. And thanks to my friend Lenny van Eijk for the photo of the ribbon, since I wasn’t able to attend the show.

You can see all the winners at https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/new-heading-page/2017-quilt-competition-winners/

3 Friends was inspired by my studies with Nancy Crow. The large shapes emerged from series of small studies in black and white. I made them much larger and gave them some attitude, as though they are kicking up their heels and dancing across the quilt surface. I see them as three figures, but others have seen ships or other forms—that’s the beauty of abstract design!

There is a variety of different motifs stitched into this piece to give a sense of texture and dimension. I did all of the free motion stitching on my Bernina Q20 sit down sewing machine. It was a lot of fun to do!


I will be teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, also a Mancuso Show Management show, next year – February 29 – March 3, 2024. Registration has just gone live and you can get details at https://www.quiltfest.com/register/mid-atlantic-quilt-festival-2024/workshops-lectures-activities-by-instructor/cindy-grisdela-improv-curves/

I’ll be writing another blog post soon with  more details on that.



  1. Jean on September 28, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations–love this quilt!

  2. Gail Pean on October 7, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Fantastic achievement Cindy! I love the colors and design.

    • Cindy on October 7, 2023 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Gail!

  3. Jackie Watkins on October 7, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

    • Cindy on October 7, 2023 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you, Jackie–I appreciate that!

  4. Liz Aubert on October 7, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Very exciting compositins.
    Liz Aubert
    White Rock Canada

  5. Martha Ginn on October 7, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    This is an awesome quilt; congratulations on the award! And I have to say I love Connections even more than Wordle.

    • Cindy on October 8, 2023 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you Martha–I appreciate that! And I might agree with you about Connections.