It’s a giveaway, a review, plus a blog hop! Cindy Grisdela‘s brand new book published by C&T, Adventures in Improv Quilts, arrived in my email today, and I’ve got a review for you below. If you want a free e-copy of Cindy’s book, leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner at random on October 20. Keep an eye out for the winner, which I’ll announce here.

This book is packed with useful material for both newcomers to improv and more experienced quilters looking to delve deeper into the subject.

I specially enjoy the chapter about “Elements and principles of design”, where Cindy explains these topics using excellent examples

The new book offers four guided activities that are intended to provide you with a roadmap for making some of the quilts; not patterns per se, but fantastic more detailed instructions.

This is a fantastic book with a lot of amazing photos. Cindy’s quilts are recognized for their vibrant colors and experimental shapes that resemble traditional quilt blocks. It’s so much delight to see so many of Cindy’s quilts put together, both new quilts and earlier quilts.

Visit the blogs listed below to see what they love about this book. Here’s the full blog hop schedule:

October 12, 2021 C&T Publishing

October 13, 2021 Maria Shell, Tales of a Stitcher

October 14, 2021 Jenny Lyon, Quilt Skipper

October 15, 2021 Becca Fenstermaker, Pretty Piney

October 16, 2021

October 17, 2021

October 18, 2021 Carolina Oneto

October 19, 2021 HollyAnne Knight, String and Story

October 20, 2021 Cindy Grisdela

Come back Oct 20th to see who won. Be sure to comment below for a free e-book!


  1. This is an area of quilting I have not been brave enough to try. This book looks great! Might be just the ticket to venture to the unplanned

  2. this looks like a great source for inspiration! after my son’s wedding this coming weekend (!!!) i look forward to spending more time in my studio, playing with improve, color, shapes and all things quilty! thanks for showcasing this work.

  3. This would be an incredibly helpful book to have. I have so much fabric that would be great to do some improv with.

  4. Would love to win this amazing book. Have been wanting to branch out to improv and this looks like a great guide. Thanks

  5. That looks like a lot of fun! I would love to get more comfortable with improv by doing some guided exercises

  6. I find improv fascinating and will endeavour to discover more about it. Thank you for the info on the book, it sounds wonderful.

  7. I’m looking forward to this book. I love improv sewing. New inspiration and techniques are my jam. Thank you for the review Carolina.

  8. This is an amazing blog hop, I’m finding all kinds of new-to-me artists to follow. Thanks for the chance to perhaps win a book.

  9. Thanks so much for all the kind words and thank you Carolina for your lovely review–I really appreciate it!


  10. After taking Carolinas on-demand, creative and colorful improv piecing, I am hooked on improvisation. It frees me to express my ideas without the pressure of following a detailed pattern. I love the flow of ideas.

  11. I love Cindy’s playful approach to improv! She is such a good instructor and this book looks wonderful. I am looking forward to reading it!

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