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Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela



Set your creativity free with author/improv quilter Cindy Grisdela in her one-day class, Artful Improv: Permission to Play, at Intown Quilters on Saturday, 2/18. Let go of the “rules” and learn how to piece blocks in an intuitive, free form fashion, without a pattern.

Cindy will help you explore contemporary versions of the log cabin, drunkard’s path, and rail fence designs, plus insets and curved strips. Use strips and scraps to add interest and make your own statement. There’s no measuring or precise cutting and each quilt will be unique. Learn tips and tricks for combining colors effectively, and adding the “spark” that makes your quilt sing.

During the class, Cindy covers ideas for using color and introduces basic improvisational techniques. Then you may choose to focus on one or more of the techniques demonstrated and use strips and scraps to create free-form blocks as the starting point for your quilt. Or you may create a "strippy" quilt similar to the one pictured.

In the afternoon, you’ll learn ways to put the various elements together, as well as ideas for quilting the top. Each quilt will be as unique as its maker!

No matter your skill level—advanced beginner, intermediate, or experienced—you'll find something to add to your quilt-making repertoire!

Cindy Grisdela is an award-winning fiber artist with more than 30 years' experience creating eye-catching quilts. She travels all over the country showing and selling her work at well-known shows including the Baltimore Craft Show, the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago, the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the and the One of A Kind Show and Sale in Chicago. Cindy is the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Stitching, released by C&T Publishing in October 2016, and her designs have been published in many books and magazines.

Workshop includes lunch and a six-hour workshop with Cindy Grisdela. Supplies are not included in the workshop fee; however, we offer a class discount on items purchased from Intown Quilters. Workshop participants will receive an email with additional information about the workshop approximately 30 days prior to the class.

Click the Add to Cart button below to sign up and pay for your Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela workshop via Paypal.

Any cancellations for the Cindy Grisdela workshops must be done by the end of the day on January 14th in order to receive a full refund*. After January 14, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Download the Artful Improv with Cindy Grisdela supply list here.


Instructor: Cindy Grisdela
Instructor Bio: Cindy Grisdela
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