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

Rock Cairns

Rock Cairns art quilt in reds and browns - Cindy Grisdela

Rock Cairns is a modern improv quilt in a variety of reds, warm browns and golds, with accents of gray. Improv blocks and curved stripes give energy to the piece. The warm improv blocks in the midst of the curved stripes reminded me of rock markers on a hiking path and inspired the name. The…

Wildflower Honey

Wildflower Honey art quilt in golds - Cindy Grisdela

Wildflower Honey has a single improvisational block as its main focal point. Soft golds and warm cinnamon browns make up the primary color scheme, with a few lines of black and green for contrast. The background shows off dense texture created by different stitching motifs, including fans, spirals and seashells. I was inspired to create…


Confetti Art Quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Confetti is an ode to curves. I challenged myself to work large, cutting curves freehand without using templates. In true improvisational style, I had no idea what the finished quilt was going to look like, beyond having four quadrants that create a bullseye effect. Some of the curves are broken up with inset spines so…

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard art quilt in purple and gold - Cindy Grisdela

Sunset Boulevard is part of a series of small art quilts featuring a horizontal band of Improv Blocks, including at least one house shape. Negative background space above and below the focal band represents ground and sky. In this quilt, the improv band is made of up blocks in a warm red/purple color recipe, with…

Amber Harvest

Amber Harvest improv art quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Amber Harvest is part of a series of free hanging art quilts that feature a single oversized Improv Block floating on an asymmetrical background. Wavy lines in the gold background contrast with dense pebble stitching in the upper right corner. Amber Harvest has been exhibited widely–at Quilts=Art=Quilts in Auburn, NY, at the Naples Contemporary Craft…


Metamorphosis art quilt in orange yellow and green - Cindy Grisdela

Metamorphosis grew out of scraps leftover from another project–one of my favorite ways to work! The pieces almost arranged themselves on my design wall as I cut them. The black accents are a new design element that I’m exploring. After the composition emerged, I added interesting textures in the open areas to add dimension and…

Second Chances

Second Chances Art Quilt with red improv blocks and blue background - Cindy Grisdela

Second Chances is part of a series of art quilts exploring improvisational block compositions. Three vertical improv stripes in warm reds, golds, and browns draw the eye in–with a few splashes of lime green. The warm colors of the blocks contrast with the deep blue background so the blocks appear to glow. I quilted a large…


Aurora Art Quilt in warm reds -Cindy Grisdela

Aurora is an exploration of color and line. I wanted to use a simple composition of irregular width lines in a warm color recipe, then add dense texture with free motion stitching. I began by stitching a paisley shape in a wavy line down the middle, then added pebbles and spirals on one side and…


Calypso red art quilt - Cindy Grisdela

Calypso is an original art quilt with improv modern circles in mostly warm colors of red, orange, yellow, with contrasts of purple, blue, and green. There are asymmetrical borders on two sides. The stitching is an overall open spiral in the central section and a fan design in the borders. Size: 25″ x 35″ Materials: Cherrywood…

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

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