These pieces are either in private collections or not currently for sale.

Unfurling

Unfurling - Cindy Grisdela

Unfurling is part of a series of minimalist designs that focus on large shapes and the negative space between them. Stitching lines add texture with lines that echo the shapes in the negative space. I’m interested in the secondary designs that are created when the echoing stitching lines change direction, as in the upper left. Size:…

Taste of Summer

Taste of Summer - Cindy Grisdela

Taste of Summer is an exploration of large scale curves. The colors were inspired by a favorite Paul Klee painting and I concentrated on creating shapes within shapes in the way the colors interacted. The focus is on the lines and shapes and the composition is enhanced by irregularly spaced vertical stitching lines. Size: 50″…

Color Grid

Color Grid - Cindy Grisdela

Many of my designs start out with scraps from other projects and Color Grid was no exception. I usually don’t know exactly what the piece is going to look like when I start–this one began with 4″ squares of bright Improv blocks, grounded with neutrals and black stripes. The colors seem to float across the…

Neapolitan

Neapolitan - Cindy Grisdela

In Neapolitan I challenged myself to work in a restricted color palette of cream, brown, and pink with a splash of turquoise for accent. The focus is on the lines and shapes and the composition is enhanced by irregularly spaced vertical stitching lines. Size: 36″ x 32″ Materials: cotton fabric, variegated thread Exhibitions: Intersect Chicago:…

Homage to Matisse

Homage to Matisse - Cindy Grisdela

I’m inspired by color, shape and texture. The color is the first step, putting fabrics together the way a painter might use paint. I cut my shapes freehand with my rotary cutter, engaging in a direct dialogue with my materials. Next, the texture in the vertical stitching lines adds dimension and tactile energy to the…

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy Art Quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Jumping for Joy evolved from my intense study of improvisational log cabin blocks. I created a variety of blocks using warm and cool colors, then, arranged them on my design wall until I had a composition I liked, then filled in the blank spaces with striped units to give the piece more energy. A whimsical spiral and…

Happy Days

Happy Days - Cindy Grisdela

Log Cabin quilts have always interested me. Happy Days is my modern version with an improvisational approach to the blocks. The white areas in the center of the composition create a secondary pattern that attracts the eye. A whimsical spiral and stipple stitching pattern in variegated thread adds texture and dimension. Size: 27″ h x…

Aquarius

Aquarius Art Quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Aquarius celebrates curves cut freehand without a ruler. Creating lines and shapes directly out of fabric is a liberating dialogue with my materials. I started with the central pod shape, which might be an abstract bird, with blue air rushing underneath it. Freemotion quilting in a variety of motifs adds texture. Size: 53″h x 47″w Materials:…

Abstract Akimbo

Abstract Akimbo Art Quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Abstract Akimbo is a study in color, line, and shape. I created the design improvisationally, cutting the shapes out freehand and laying everything out on the design wall before anything was sewn together. You can read about the construction of this piece here. Size: 57″ h x 50″w Private Collection.  

These pieces are either in private collections or not currently for sale.

These pieces are either in private collections or not currently for sale.