Featured Artist


Cindy Grisdela

Cindy Grisdela
Sample Work

I create abstract designs in fabric with a focus on color and line. My work is designed improvisationally without a preconceived pattern, a little bit like jazz music, where each decision about color and shape influences the next. The color is the first step. Putting colors together intuitively, I use fabric the way a painter might use paint to create graphic compositions that engage the viewer from adistance yet invite a closer look. The texture is the second step. The stitching lines provide contrast and dimension to the piece, integrating the elements into a cohesive whole.

Cindy is an artist, teacher, and author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes,Building Blocks & Freemotion Quilting. She travels all over the country teaching and lecturing to guilds and groups about Improv Design. Cindy was raised in Gainesville, FL and learned to sew at age 10. She made clothing as a teenager and young adult, but there weren’t any quilters in her family, so she didn’t start quilting until she saw a magazine article about quilts as a college student. She was immediately enthralled with the possibilities of making something beautiful and useful out of fabric and thread that wouldn’t wear out, or at least not quickly,and gave up garment making for quilting. Cindy has a BFA in Art History from the College and William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University. She used quilting as a creative outlet for many years while working as a financial reporter for Dow Jones News Service and then raising two sons. When her sonswere older, Cindy began to move away from traditional patterns and designs todevelop her own contemporary style as an artist. She has studied with a numberof teachers over the years both in person and through their books, including Donna Radner, Ami Simms, Gwen Marston, and Nancy Crow. Cindy’s work haswon awards in both quilt venues and art venues, and can be found in private collections all over the country. Cindy lives and works in Reston, VA. Her second book, Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design, and Construction is dueout in Fall 2021. For more information about Cindy’s work, visit her website andblog

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