Cindy Grisdela and I met through SAQA—the Studio Art Quilt Association. We are both on the Special Events Committee which helps organize the SAQA annual conference. So, while she is on the far east coast and I am on the far west coast, we have gotten to know each via tele-conferencing.
I have long admired Cindy’s work for its wonderful texture and color, and when Cindy gave me a ride from Philadelphia to Delaware after last year’ SAQA conference, I got to personally know the artist behind the stitches. Cindy is thoughtful and sincere, and it shows in her work.
I am honored to review Cindy’s new book Artful Improv published by C&T Publishing.
Here are my ten most favorite things about this book.
2. Color. Color. Color. Cindy’s use of color is inspirational and truly unique to her work.
3. We both like scraps. If you are bit maker like me, you will love Cindy’s tenacious use of scraps. It is truly inspiring.
4. She has good advice about working intuitively. I don’t think I have seen that before.
5. As the book title indicates, Cindy is a master at improvisational piecing. If you want to know more about this topic, you will want to read Cindy’s book.
6. She has great tips for tackling curved piecing which I know many of you are interested in exploring.
7. Cindy’s work is grounded in traditional quilt making which makes us sisters of sorts.
8. She breaks down improv piecing into do-able chunks. I am an improv piecer myself, and I learned several new tricks from Cindy’s book.
9. Her hand stitching is absolutely yummy. I am a machine girl, but Cindy inspires me to think about getting my thimble out.
You can win her book here! Just leave a comment about what you think you could learn from Artful Improv, and I will select a lucky winner at the end of this blog tour. That means you have until midnight AK time on October 19th to comment. I will be in China, so if there is a slight delay on my end, I hope you will understand.
And if you want to follow along and see what others have to say about Cindy’s book you can by visiting the following stops on her blog book tour. Each blog post is an opportunity for you to win her book.
October 10: C&T Publishing
October 11: Maria Shell
October 12: Rayna Gillman
October 13: Yvonne Fuchs
October 14: Sujata Shah
October 17: Heather Kojan
October 18: Generation Q Magazine
October 19: Cindy Grisdela
I think that I would like ot have this book because all of the quilts are eye candy!