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Artful Improv


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How to Use This Book What is Improvisation? Getting Organized Sorting by Size and Color What to Do with Scraps Saving the Leftovers Creating a Color Recipe The Color Wheel Using a Color Recipe Increasing Your Color Confidence Elements and Principles of Design Elements of Design Principles of Design Using the Elements and Principles of Design as You Work Working Improvisationally Creating a Design Wall Auditioning Designs Give it Time Building Blocks for Improv Angled Stripes Improv Circles Improv Blocks Curved Strips Inset Strips Putting It All Together Learning to Love Negative Space Creating Balance Adding Texture Quilt as Desired Hand Stitching Machine Stitching A word About Thread Finishing Touches To Bind or Not to Bind? Facings Dealing with Irregular Edges Alternatives to Sleeve and Slat Hanging Resources About the Author

About the Author

Cindy Grisdela is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years of experience creating eye-catching quilts. She travels extensively, showing and selling her work, and her quilts have been published in books and magazines. She lives in Reston, Virginia.


Cindy tends to work with bright fabrics and loves graphic designs and lines in her quilts. This allows for the improv aspect of her quilts to shine. Improv is not new, but for some it can difficult to know where to start. Cindy unlocks helpful design principles that allow the reader some direction as they work, and she also provides information about the mechanics of putting the pieces together so that you get the look you want. By mastering her techniques, you will become more confident in sewing without patterns. Quilting adds another layer of interest and texture, and this aspect is also covered in the book. Even experienced art quilters can use the ideas to experiment with colour and design. Down Under Textiles, Issue 25 Cindy has put this book together to help inspire you to create your own quilts. She has designs that you can follow but she also gives you the inspiration to create your own. She teaches you simple design principles that help you create your own unique art quilts. She empowers you to let go of rigid rules and to make inspirational quilts. I love the fact she doesn't use precise measurements. This means you are able to create spontaneous designs that are more like art. It's so inspirational that she says it's okay to make mistakes and gives you the support you need to get better and better at making this artful quilts. The free design of the quilts and the idea of just going with it and creating something unique. Making a present is special but making a unique present is something else. Cindy takes you through the whole process and gives you everything you need for you to create your own amazing quilts. I love her use of colours and how you can uses small pieces of material to make an impact on a block of colour. Once you have read the different sections of learning how to design your own quilt, you can then go on to follow some of Cindy's instructions to create different parts of the different designs. Each of the types of design come with step-by-step instructions of how to create them. You can use them to create Cindy's designs or your own. The book is full of inspiration and colour. It's full of beautiful designs and support for you to create your own., 11/2016 Do away with patterns and embrace your creative spirit with this vibrant and fun book. Using five piecing techniques and design principles, Cindy Grisdela encourages art through improvisation. Discover your own personal style by playing with negative space and creating color combinations with the use of a color recipe. Creating texture with free-motion quilting, sleeve-free hanging ideas, and other useful tips for art quilting make this book a useful addition to creative quilters' libraries. Quilting Arts, December 2016/January 2017 Permission to play. If you love colour, design, surface stitch - you are in the right place. Explore and enjoy. This book includes chapters on colour, design, improvisation, building blocks, negative space, putting it all together, quilting and finishing. This book is full of fun. If you are feeling adventurous and bold, stop by here now. Gain colour confidence, get to know the principles of design, learn how to improvise. Then go ahead and make your own stunning quilts. Easy to follow 'teaching sessions' so that you can use your own creativity by learning the processes and adapting them to suit your purpose. Full of fabulous ideas and finished pieces. One of my favourite quilt books fo the year. Superb and highly recommended., 12/2/2016 Quilting without a pattern is a no-brainer for some, but a challenge for others. This book offers 'recipes' for working with color, including design principles. Learn how to capitalize on negative space within a quilt using free-motion quilting. In addition, it offers five techniques for improvisational piecingusing angled stripes, circles, curved strips, inset strips and free-form blocks. American Quilt Retailer, October 2016

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