Cindy Grisdela

Tue, April 22 to Sun, April 27 2025

Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela

Medium: Fabric

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Join Cindy to explore a variety of Improv techniques, including Improv Log Cabin blocks, freehand curves, stripes and more. We’ll be exploring the techniques with small studies initially, working up to a larger piece by the end of the week using your favorite method. Color and design concepts will be emphasized, with the goal of creating original work. It’s Improv, so there’s no way to make a mistake in this class! No pattern, no templates, and no rules result in fun with fabric.

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About Cindy Grisdela

Cindy Grisdela is an artist, teacher, and the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Quilting, and a new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts: Master Color, Design & Construction.

Cindy is intrigued by color, line, and shape, just like any other artist. Working with fabric like a painter works with paint, she creates dynamic contemporary compositions, cutting the shapes out freehand without a pattern or template and sewing them together with her sewing machine. She is known now for her fearless approach to color, but it wasn’t always that way. In her early days as a quilter, she made traditional quilts from patterns and was was intimidated by color, so she made a lot of blue quilts! But gradually Cindy became more comfortable with putting colors together in combinations that were pleasing to her, and she started challenging herself to use colors that she doesn’t normally use. Some of those turned out to be her favorites.

CIndy comes from a long line of women who have expressed themselves using a needle and thread, although there were no quilters in her family. Creating with various forms of fabric and thread has been a part of her life since she was a child, and she am self taught as a fiber artist, with lots of experimentation along the way with mentors from books, like the late Gwen Marston, and in person, like her studies with Nancy Crow. Cindy’s formal education includes a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $860.00

Full 4-Day Package*: $2,291.54-$2,469.74

*4-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 4 full class days, 5 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.