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, […]
Today is setup day for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston, VA. The car is packed and ready to go when the venue opens this morning. And the sun is shining!
The show opens tomorrow, Saturday May 21 and runs through Sunday, May 22. Hours are 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. There will be over 200 artists transforming the Resto […]
Students designing Compositions at “Building Blocks of Improv Quilting” Class
My “Building Blocks of Improvisational Quilting” workshop this past weekend was a blast! I was fortunate to have six enthusiastic, motivated students, and thrilled that each one finished a top entirely of her own design.
The class went fo […]
Orange/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela
Yellow/Gray Composition 2014 Cindy Grisdela
I was in my studio last week working on some new compositions, and I need some advice. Do you like the yellow and gray design or the orange and gray one?
These are likely to turn into pillows, but I think the idea might be interesting enough for […]
Blue Totem 2014 Cindy Grisdela
On a more positive note than my last two posts, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been accepted to the Washington Craft Show in Washington, DC this fall–October 31-November 2, 2014.
I’ve applied to this show several times in the past, but it’s very competitve and this is the fi […]
Scarf Inspired Blocks 2014 Cindy Grisdela
I’m working on some new small pieces to exhibit at the Craftboston Spring show coming up the weekend after next, April 4-6. These are just the quilt tops–I’ll add stitching to them for texture and mount them on painted black canvas for the show so they’ll be 8″x 8R […]
Rock Houses 2013 Cindy Grisdela
I’ve spent most of this week working on Rock Houses, at left, to make a photography deadline. It’s always a strong motivator when I have an appointment with Greg Staley, who does all my professional photography (unlike the snapshot on this page!). I’ll replace this poor photo with his as […]
“Green Totem” 2012 Cindy Grisdela
I just discovered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy’s Creative Side and decided to add my “Green Totem” wall hanging to the “Home Machine Quilted” category.
“Green Totem” is part of an ongoing series of wall quilts exploring imp […]
Wonky Circle Top 2013 Cindy Grisdela
Funny thing happened the other day when I was writing my post about the Wonky Circle quilt–I meant to press the button to “preview” the post so I could see how it would look once it was published, but I accidentally pressed “Publish” instead! In three years of blogging, I […]
Amber Harvest Cindy Grisdela
A busy spring just got busier with an acceptance to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in May!
This show is right in my backyard (almost) at the Reston Town Center in Virginia and I’ve visited it many times, but this is the first time I’ve been accepted there. The dates are Friday, May 17 fro […]
Wonky Circles in Process 2013 Cindy Grisdela
I’m working on a new piece for the ACC Baltimore Craft Show coming up next month using these “wonky circles” at right. I’m intrigued with the movement of color across the piece and the circles that don’t match at the edges.
I wonder though if it’s too symmetr […]
Squares for Curtain 2013 Cindy Grisdela
I’ve made some progress on the piecing for my window quilt below. I had trouble getting much time in the studio this past week with one thing and another requiring attention–next week for sure!
This is maybe a third of the size it will be when it’s finished–it’s lots of […]
Squares 2013 Cindy Grisdela Happy New Year--I didn't mean to be gone so long! The end of 2012 was almost a blur for me. I did two weekend shows at the beginning of December, plus I had a commission to … Continued
“Rhythms” 2012 Cindy Grisdela
The Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Benefit Auction began today!
It’s a reverse auction in three sections–the first section began at 2 PM today with all the quilts for sale at $750. At 2 PM tomorrow, the price will drop to $550, then $350 the next day, $250 the following day, then $ […]
Rhythms 2012 Cindy Grisdela
I finished Rhythms last week just in time to donate it to the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) 2012 Benefit Auction.
The auction begins for the first section on September 10, 2012 at 2 PM. Usually there are about three sections in the auction–I won’t know until later in the summer which section my […]
"Improv Rehearsal" 2012 Cindy Grisdela
This quilt is quite different from my usual work, but there’s a reason for that.
I’m participating in a challenge with a group of other quilters. For each round, the organizer gives each person a vintage block and the challenge is to create something new out of the old piece. Th […]
Cindy Grisdela 2012
Here’s a sneak peak at the new piece I’ve been working on as a commission for one of my collectors–it doesn’t even have a name yet.
This will be another one in the series using a central improvisationally pieced block with a solid background and stripes, similar to Red Totem. I started with the […]
"Signs of Spring" 20" x 20" 2012 Cindy Grisdela
I’ve been struggling with a creative block the last week or so. I had pieces I needed to get done for a retail shop that carries my work and a new commission to design, but nothing seemed to be working. The creative spark had gone into hiding–not a good thing! […]