What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Queen of Art Quilts


Cindy Grisdela

I found today’s artist on one of Andrea’s wonderful ARHtistic License Creative Juice posts.

I am not typically a big fan of standard repeating-pattern quilts. I like to look at them, and I definitely appreciate the amount of talent and planning and labor that goes into them, but they’re usually a bit too busy for me. The soft furnishings in our house tend to be solids with the occasional super-simple embellishment. That said, this quilter’s work is less repeating patterns than bold artwork. Meet Cindy Grisdela. An artist and teacher, she is the author of two books, Artful Improv – Permission to Play! and Adventures in Improv Quilts.

Grisdela’s quilt-planning method involves no patterns. She says she starts with just a color story and a size, then goes to town on her fabric! Although I do favor solids in my house, I am forever wishing I had the nerve (and the lifestyle) for one of those gorgeous, statement rugs I see in the magazines. However, these quilts have the same impact and serve the same design purpose as the bold art rugs, while being much easier to live with.

You can learn more about Cindy Grisdela (whose name I keep trying to change to Griselda) on her website, her blog, and on Instagram. You can also take her online classes on Course Craft and Creative Spark.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “The Queen of Art Quilts

  1. My sister got one and sent it to me as a Christmas president. I liked all of them today. Hal

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  2. Very nice work ….but when did quilts go from necessary warmth to show stopper art?

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  3. I have a friend who does art quilts. I’m going to send her this link, I think she’d appreciate it too.

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  4. These quilts are glorious and so joyful. I feel like I want to reach into the screen and run my hands all over them.

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  5. Yes, these are amazing, aren’t they? I’m so glad you featured her today.

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  6. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing my work, Donna–much appreciated!

    Cindy Grisdela


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