Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cindy Grisdela Trunk Show

I had the pleasure of attending a trunk show with Cindy Grisdela, courtesy of Hip Stitch, a local quilt shop here in Albuquerque that has been bringing in some great presenters lately, such as Sariella.

Cindy is the author of Artful Improv (affiliate link).

Cindy had some fun quilts and tips to share, and I figured you wouldn't want to miss out.

For this piece, Cindy explained that you could turn it to make whatever side you wanted be the top. She mentioned her customers have personal preferences about how her art is oriented, which even affects sales.

Pastel isn't Cindy's go-to color scheme, but she challenged herself to tackle less saturated hues. She did dense quilting in the top right corner of the piece below to add interest.

With regard to free-motion, Cindy suggested, "Nobody knows what you meant to do, so don't take yourself so serious.

Her pieces illustrated the beauty of minimalism.

To help even out the tension for free-motion Cindy uses 40 wt on top and 50 wt in the bobbin.

She suggested coming up with new quilting ideas by asking, "What if..."

Cindy encouraged us to enter shows and explained how each venue varies in what they are looking to include. "If you aren't getting rejected, you aren't entering enough shows," she said.

Cindy is adept at taking a coordinating color scheme and adding a few outliers to make the overall effect work.

Uneven Bars by Cindy Grisdela
Cindy sells her work at shows, and had prepared some pieces for hanging by mounting them onto canvases painted black and adhered with gel medium (affiliate link). Her binding on these is a pillowcase-style facing.

I like this style of presentation because...

If you want to get some pointers from Cindy, check out this YouTube video. You could also pick up her book.

Thanks Hip Stitch for the fun evening!

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  1. I love the different techniques she incorporates! I like seeing the variety in the different pieces rather than a lot of variations on the same theme.

  2. Would have loved to see her work! I need to remember her quilting tip...they don't know what you intended, so don't be too hard on yourself. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It sounds like it was a great presentation and evening. I admire Cindy's approach!

  4. Cindy is from area. She came to our guild last March and shared her insights and quilts. I loved it! She does remarkable, vibrant work. I'm so glad that you got to hear her and see her quilts.

  5. Looks as though it was a delightful show! I certainly enjoyed all the pictures! And the tips of hers you shared! Very encouraging!

  6. This was fun to read, as I have a class with her in January at Road to California (and have her book)(if I can find it). Thanks for the trunk show, and for the inspiration!