It’s a review, a blog hop and a give-away! I got my hands on Cindy Grisdela‘s brand new book, Adventures in Improv Quilts and I’ve got a review for you below. If you’d like a free e-copy of Cindy’s book, comment below and I’ll do a random number drawing on Oct 21st. I’ll announce the winner here, so be sure to check back.
First, I want to give a little background. Cindy and I have met in person a number of times at Studio Art Quilt Associates Conferences as well as at the Houston show.
For the last few years Sarah Ann Smith and I have met for dinner at the original Ninfa’s on the Friday of show week and last year Cindy joined us. Cindy had recently finished writing her book and was super excited!
Okay, the first thing to strike me about Cindy’s book was how pretty it was! Her book is packed with excellent photos of her colorful quilts and I was amazed to see how prolific she was. Each photo is helpful to illustrate a specific concept, color way, arrangement of fabric, etc.
I read her first book also and although there is some overlapping content, I think more than anything the difference is the guided exercises in this book where she breaks down the process into simple steps that even I could do.
There are no patterns (it IS improv after all), but no worries. Her instructions make the process tangible and she gives specific guidance and inspiration. I have tried improv piecing before felt inept and unfocused and my resulting piecing looked like it. I think anyone with the desire can make a great improv piece with the direction provided by the guided exercises.
I really enjoyed the stories behind the quilts – there was much to learn from those stories. She writes in the “how to” part of the book about combining controlled piecing with improv parts that are often created to solve a problem. As Cindy writes about the process behind the quilts, you see how that all works out.
For Lime Medley she tells the story of a green “that didn’t go with anything else ever”. She made a lovely quilt using that pesky green and leftover from other projects. It is a good example of “there are no mistakes in improv, just opportunities”.
I don’t think there is a better way to impress your readers than to show extraordinary work by your students. Here’s just a sample of student work:
And in the final section, Cindy helps you build your own version of free motion quilting designs:
Bottom line, whether you are new to improv piecing or experienced, there is great inspiration and instruction for all.
Here’s the full blog hop schedule:
October 12, 2021 C&T Publishing https://www.ctpub.com/blog/adventures-in-improv-quilts-social-media-tour/
October 13, 2021 Maria Shell, Tales of a Stitcher https://talesofastitcher.com/
October 14, 2021 Jenny Lyon, Quilt Skipper https://quiltskipper.com/blog/
October 15, 2021 Becca Fenstermaker, Pretty Piney https://prettypiney.com/blog/
October 16, 2021
October 17, 2021
October 18, 2021 Carolina Oneto https://carolinaoneto.com/
October 19, 2021 HollyAnne Knight, String and Story https://www.stringandstory.com/blog
October 20, 2021 Cindy Grisdela https://www.cindygrisdela.com/blog/
Come back Oct 20th to see who won. Be sure to comment below for a free e-book!