I’m just back home from a great trip to teach and lecture at the Prairie Star Quilters Guild in St. Charles, IL. It’s a large guild with about 300 members, so they have an evening meeting and a morning meeting to accommodate as many schedules as they can–what a good idea!
Show and Tell at the Prairie Star Quilters Guild […]
I’m just back from an amazing week with my family in Alaska visiting two remote National Parks.
Grisdela Family at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska 2017
Twenty two years ago, my husband and I began a quest to visit all of the US National Parks with our sons. They were 5 and 3 at the time. The boys are 27 and 24 now, and we are getti […]
I have just returned from an exhilarating, humbling, exhausting week at Nancy Crow’s Timber Frame Barn in Ohio.
Nancy Crow Timber Frame Barn – June 2017
It was my first trip to the Barn for a week-long workshop with Nancy, and I had no idea what to expect. Of course I had talked to several friends who have studied with her for […]
I’m excited to be teaching classes next week at the Quilters Unlimited Annual Quilt Show. The show and classes will be held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.
My first class is a half day from 9 – 12 on Friday, June 2 to make my Angled Stripe table runner. We’ll learn to make improvisational angled stripes out o […]
I’ve had so many requests to explain how I mount my small art quilts on painted black canvas that I decided it was time to write a tutorial! There is a step-by-step description of my process in my book, Artful Improv, if you’d like to have it in hard copy.
Side view of Sunset Boulevard – Cindy Grisdela
I started mounting […]
We’re all set up and ready to go at the Morven in May show in Princeton, NJ this weekend!
Setup day yesterday was a bit of a challenge in the pouring rain. I was fortunate to get there early enough that I just had to unload in a drizzle instead of a downpour. The show is set up in one large party tent on the grounds of the Morven Mu […]
I’ve had fun teaching Artful Improv classes the last few weeks! So I decided I should do a roundup of some of the wonderful work that has been created in my recent classes.
Artful Improv is the name of my book: Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, and you can get your very own copy from m […]
Do you like to work on one project at a time or several? I almost always have multiple projects in process on the design wall in my studio. Next to my sewing machine, the design wall is probably one of the most essential tools in my studio.
My design wall is full right now with a variety of ideas. I find this is a good way for me to work, […]
Do you like to make pillows? I do, and my pillow tutorial to make one of my favorite styles is up now on the C&T Publishing blog!
With just a few scraps and a yard of fabric, you can make my Complementary Curves Pillow in no time for yourself or for a friend. I used a bright green background with stripes of red, yellow, and orange for […]
I was an April 3 guest on the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast!
I had so much fun as a guest on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast today! We talked about my book, Artful Improv: Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting and the fact that Pat and I belong to the same large multi-chapter gu […]
With all three of my commissions finished, I’m finally ready to work on some new ideas, like this Color Block quilt. Well–I’ve been ready, but didn’t have the time until now!
Summer Breeze – Cindy Grisdela
I’m teaching a class on this Sunday at the Quilters of South Carolina Spring Meeting based on my S […]
I’m finally getting time to tell the story of the “Tree of Life” commission that I’ve been working on for over six months. So here goes.
Last June I got an email from a rabbi in Reston, VA inquiring about the possibility of commissioning an artistic table cover for his congregation’s Torah table. He had foun […]
I just spent a fun weekend at my first QuiltCon! The image above is a bird’s eye view from the second floor before the show opened this morning.
Since I’d never been to QuiltCon before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was impressed with the energy around the event. One of the best things was getting to meet some of m […]
I got two “fat emails” recently–one offering me a contract to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November, and the other a jury acceptance as an Artful Home artist!
I’m beyond excited about this!
I’ll be teaching two classes at Houston in 2017. One is my “Take the Fear out of Curve […]
I had a nice surprise in my mailbox recently–my new copy of Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman–that includes my quilt Red Totem!This is a lovely book with beautiful pictures of 300 quilts from 124 quilt artists all over the world, and I’m honored that one of my quilts was included. The b […]
Well–I had a plan for blog posts over the last couple of weeks. It didn’t happen. I got some kind of flu that lingered for nearly 10 days over the holidays, so it was all I could do to do the family things I needed to do. Fortunately I’m feeling a lot better now.
So let’s wrap up December. Not all of this post is q […]
I finished Improv Tower today–just in the nick of time to make today’s deadline to be donated to the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show!
Just so you know, it wasn’t because I procrastinated that it was a last minute entry. I’ve been working on this for several weeks. But I kept running into problems. The rules state that the qui […]
I’m pleased that Quilting Arts Magazine gave a nice review to my new book–Artful Improv–in its December 2016/January 2017 issue now available in mailboxes and on newsstands!
Quilting Arts Magazine with review of Artful Improv
In case you can’t read the type in the image above, here’s the text of the Quilting […]