Final Day of the Artful Improv Blog Tour

 October 19, 2016
Posted by Cindy

[UPDATE: Beverly Longford is the winner of the Artful Improv drawing. Her comment was chosen by my random number generator. Congratulations Beverly and thank you to all who followed the Blog Tour and commented!]

It’s the last day of the blog tour for my new book, Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting and it’s my turn!

Cornflower Blues - Cindy Grisdela

Cornflower Blues – Cindy Grisdela

My central message for Artful Improv is the first line of the book: “I’m convinced that everyone has the ability to create.” Sometimes that ability seems like it’s lost in the busyness of life, but it’s there waiting for you when you are ready to tap into it.

Box of Marbles - Cindy Grisdela

Box of Marbles – Cindy Grisdela

It is my hope that this book is like having a trusted friend or teacher by your side as you explore your own creativity. It offers friendly guidance as you work through exercises to come up with original work that reflects your own tastes, experiences, and personality. There are chapters on design principles and color choice that are easy to apply to your own work, plus ideas for using negative space, quilting your quilt, and ideas for finishing it to present as art. Whether you’re a novice quilter or an experienced artist, you’ll find something to make your next quilt better.

I’ve been out teaching and lecturing to several groups over the past couple of weeks and I’m so excited with the number of people who have picked up a copy of the book, flipped through it and said: “I think I could do this!” Yes!! You absolutely can.

One of my favorite chapters in the book is “Working Improvisationally.” There are tips about using a design wall to audition your designs and an exercise called “What If?” where I walk you through the creation of one of my quilts–“A Little Citrus” below. And then there’s the “Questions to Ask” section, which gives you guidance on how to look at your composition with a critical eye to determine when it’s finished.

A Little Citrus - Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

“A Little Citrus” 2015 Cindy Grisdela


I am tremendously grateful to all the bloggers who participated in the tour and to all of their readers who left comments for an opportunity to win a copy of the book. I’ve read every comment and appreciate the time all of you took to post them!

You still have a chance to win a copy of Artful Improv–generously donated by C&T Publishing. US winners will receive a hard copy, and international winners will get the eBook.The giveaway winners will be chosen after the Tour closes at midnight EDT tonight, October 19, 2016, so if you haven’t had a chance to get to all the blogs on the tour, there’s still time to enter and win! You need to comment to be entered. Each blogger will be using a random number generator to select the winner on her blog.

I’d love to know in the comments today what your favorite improv technique is, or if you haven’t tried it yet, what you’re most interested in learning more about. Good luck!

Here’s the full schedule:

October 10: C&T Publishing
October 11: Maria Shell
October 12: Rayna Gillman
October 13: Yvonne Fuchs
October 17: Heather Kojan
October 18: Generation Q Magazine
October 19: Cindy Grisdela
You can also purchase a signed copy of the book from my website here or a regular copy directly from C&T here.  Amazon is showing the book available Nov. 1