Start Your Improv Adventure

Unlock your potential in improv quilt design with my course, Artful Improv - Permission to Play! I encourage you to take the time and space to grow your creativity. The class goes through 5 different improv techniques that I use in my work - Improv Blocks, Angled Stripes, Improv Curves, Insets, and Curved Stripe Borders. By the end of this course you will be able to design and make improv quilts without a pattern, tackle curves fearlessly, and choose colors confidently. 

My course uses a combination of simple step-by-step videos, text, and images. Not every lesson has a video - you can tell by the camera icon that a video is available. I encourage you to communicate with me and fellow students in discussions. 

Occasionally, I offer LIVE feedback opportunities as well, something not to be missed. 

Now let’s start playing! -Cindy

Hear About The Adventure Cindy Has Planned On The Improv Playground


Purchase Options

  • $79.99

    $79.99Artful Improv - Permission to Play!

    This self-directed course includes active community and instructor discussions. Access for 1 year.

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  • $99.99

    $99.99Artful Improv with LIVE Support: Nov 18 & Dec 2, 2020 @ 11am PST

    Add some personal support to the self-directed Artful Improv with this support package from Cindy. The two Zoom calls cover specific topics to enhance your Improv Quilting experience. (Minimum sign ups required. Maximum 25 students)

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  • $99.99

    $99.99Artful Improv with LIVE Support: Jan 16 & Jan 23, 2021 @ 11am PST

    Add some personal support to the self-directed Artful Improv with this support package from Cindy. The two Zoom calls cover specific topics to enhance your Improv Quilting experience. (Minimum sign ups required. Maximum 25 students)

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Your Course Includes:

  • 85 minutes of video teach you how to Improv Quilt with confidence...step by step

  • Learn 5 specific improv techniques: Improv Blocks, Angled Stripes, Improv Curves, Insets, and Curved Stripe Borders

  • Create fabulous color combinations with with easy to follow color recipes and fabric selection advise

  • In Chapter 5, Tips and Tricks, Cindy explains the benefits of chain stitching and how to create pieced backings out of patterned fabrics

  • Develop a critical eye with Cindy's Design & Audition Checklist

  • Chapter 7 helps you make quilting design decisions and finishes up with 5 free-motion quilting motif videos

  • Ask Cindy questions in Lesson-by-Lesson Discussions

  • FREE eBook included with other Downloads & Supply List

  • Full access to the class for 1 year

Get Support from Cindy LIVE!

Optional Add-On For Only $20

LIVE Improv Support Add-On: Chat with Cindy on Zoom while on your improv adventure. For just $20 you get two opportunities to interact and chat with Cindy. The first meetup focuses on color and fabric choice and the second meetup is a chance to get design feedback. These sessions are perfect for a student actively working through the Artful Improv course.

Part 1: Color and Fabric Choice: Chat with Cindy live about choosing your colors and fabrics and ask questions about any of the technique videos. Please work through Chapter 5 to get the most out of this session. One hour.
Part 2: Design Feedback Session: Meet with Cindy live and get feedback on your design ideas in this 2 hour small group session. Ask questions about quilting and finishing too. Please complete though Chapter 6 to get the most out of this opportunity. 

  • Date options are shown at checkout.
  • Sorry we can not mix and match meet-up times from different bundles. 
  • Must be enrolled in Artful Improv to attend. 
  • May reschedule if there's low enrollment. 


And because we love a cherry on top - let's talk extras.

  • FREE eBook of Cindy Grisdela's book, Artful Improv ($19.99 Value)
  • Option to buy Autographed copy of Artful Improv from Cindy

Why Cindy's Classes Rock

Step out of your comfort zone

I've enjoyed working my way through this project in my attempt to step out of my box. Thanks for providing the guidance through this course!

Experiment with Color

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 color and design.

Course Curriculum

  • Welcome to Artful Improv!
    2 Videos 1 Download 1 Survey
  • Chapter #1 - Getting Started
    2 Videos
  • Chapter #2 - Improv Techniques - Improv Blocks and Angled Stripes
    2 Videos
  • Chapter #3 - Fearless Curves
    2 Videos
  • Chapter #4 - More Improv Techniques
    2 Videos
  • Chapter #5 -Tips and Tricks
    1 Video
  • Chapter #6 - Putting it All Together
    2 Videos
  • Chapter #7 - Finishing it Up
    5 Videos
  • Chapter #8 - Facing Demo
    1 Video
  • Next steps
    1 Video 1 Survey

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