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


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 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.  


Kaleidoscope art quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Kaleidoscope is a celebration of curves. I challenged myself to work large, cutting the curves freehand without using templates. Creating lines and shapes directly out of fabric is liberating, engaging me in a dialogue with my materials. The final touch is the texture created by the vertical stitching lines, pulling the composition into a cohesive…


Fireworks Large Art Quilt - Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

Fireworks is a celebration of color and line, enhanced by dense stitching in a variety of motifs. The arcs and colors reminded me of sky lit up on the Fourth of July. All of my stitching is done freehand on the sewing machine, without a computer or other marking. Exhibited in Rock Paper Scissors |…


art quilt in neutral tones with pops of color - Cindy Grisdela Art Quilts

Neutrals are the focus of Transit, with just a few splashes of color. The composition reminded me of a subway map, which is where the name came from. Exhibited in RockPaperScissors | Playing with Material Change at the Historic Thomas Center Gallery in Gainesville, Fl September 28, 2018 – January 4, 2019.

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

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