I’m excited to announce a solo show, Abstractions in Color, at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA. The show opens January 9 and runs through March 30, 2024. [See update below]

The show focuses on bold abstract shapes and textures, reinforcing the concept of the quilt as art that belongs on the wall, and exploring color, line, and shape in the same way a painter might, plus the bonus textural dimension that is unique to this art form. In my work, the graphic colors and shapes draw viewers in, and the texture formed by the intricate stitching gives them another dimension to explore in the designs up close.

3 Friends – Cindy Grisdela

The show will include 21 of my original works, ranging in size from 12″ square mounted on painted black canvas to free hanging wall pieces as large as 67″ x 80″. Also included will be one of my earliest traditional quilts to show the progression of my quilting journey from traditional quilter to my current contemporary Improv work.

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. There will be a reception with artist talks on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Also in conjunction with the exhibit, I’ll be participating in an online Textile Talk with museum director Alicia Thomas on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 2 PM Eastern. Viewers will enjoy a short video walk through of the exhibition along with detailed photos of pieces included in the exhibition. Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, Quilt Alliance, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm Eastern / 11am Pacific US and Canada each Wednesday and last approximately one hour.

Textile Talks are free and are recorded for later viewing. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GgtPybUuQh-oaqM96LGwWw#/registration

I’m really looking forward to this opportunity and I hope you can join me at one of these events!

Aquarius – Cindy Grisdela

UPDATE: We hung the show Thursday, January 4 and it was a lot of fun!

Here are a few photos:

Ready to hang the show – Virginia Quilt Museum 2024


Museum Staff Hanging the Show – Cindy Grisdela


One show wall – Virginia Quilt Museum 2024

The large quilt above, Beetlejuice, was finished just in time for the show! It’s 58″ w x 61″h and has a variety of motifs free motion quilted into the surface for texture and dimension.

If you’re traveling near Harrisonburg, VA on your way to QuiltCon or the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival, I hope you’ll stop to see the show! Remember the museum is open Tuesday – Saturday.



  1. Jean on December 27, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Very happy for your show–love, love, love your work! Happy New Year 🙂

    • Cindy on December 27, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks so much Jean–Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Grace Boxer on January 6, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    Your work is fantastic! Thank you for sharing it with those of us who cannot travel to see it jn person!

    • Cindy on January 8, 2024 at 11:41 am

      Thank you Grace!