Lines By Design: Blog Tour and Giveaway!

It’s with great pleasure and excitement that I get to introduce you today to a new book by Debbie Grifka. When I first started searching for modern appliqué designs, Debbie’s patterns, published under her Esch House Quilts brand, immediately caught my eye. As I began designing my own patterns and teaching around the country, Debbie and I became acquainted and even roomed together during sewing events. I feel so lucky today to count Debbie as a dear friend and I am so proud to be able to share her new book with you!


Debbie’s style, both in appliqué and in piecing, has always struck me with its graphic simplicity and clarity–she can take a single shape or design element and, by repeating it strategically over the field of a quilt, create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The concept behind her book, Lines by Design, distills this strength into seventeen projects that focus on line to achieve striking impact. Despite the tight focus on line as a primary design element, the techniques in this book are wide ranging–from piecing to raw-edge and bias appliqué. In addition to guiding readers through this variety of techniques, Debbie encourages them throughout the book to learn and apply the techniques that they find most comfortable and pleasing.


Park Estate, another of my favorite quilts from Lines by Design.

I was thrilled to get to see several of the quilts from Lines by Design at the recent Quilt Con West show in Pasadena. While I loved the architectural motifs of Clerestory and the whimsical circles of Road Work, I was especially taken with Forever, a subtle yet powerful bias-appliqué piece that references Celtic Knot appliqué and traditional patchwork patterns such as the Double Wedding Ring and Orange Peel.

DebbieGrifka_LinesByDesign_ForeverI have to back up here for a moment and note that Debbie also contributed a project featuring bias appliqué to my new compilation, The Appliqué Book. The process of editing that book and talking with Debbie about her love of bias- and Celtic-style appliqué techniques made it fun and satisfying to read her clear instructions for Forever and other bias appliqué projects in Lines by Design. I love her technique for using freezer paper templates to mark the appliqué placement, as well as her clear diagrams detailing how to manipulate the bias tape so that it weaves over and under itself in a pleasing way that hides any raw edges.

DebbieGrifka_LinesByDesign_Forever_DetailDebbie’s experience as a successful teacher shines through in the instructions for her projects, as well as in the encouraging tone she takes throughout her book. However, what I love most about this book is the way it allows the reader to see inside her design methods and mentality, giving them a behind-the-scenes peek at the thought processes that drive her unique style while inspiring and liberating them to follow their own quilting paths.


Don’t just take my word for it, though. Debbie and her publisher, F&W, have generously offered to give away a copy of Lines by Design to a lucky reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below about your current favorite design element or motif–it could be lines, a shape, or even a pattern you see in art or nature. I’ll leave entries open until midnight on Thursday, March 10, and draw a random winner on Friday, March 11. US winners will receive a paper copy of the book, and international winners will receive an electronic copy.

For an in depth look at some of the other projects in Lines by Design, as well as additional chances to win, please also visit the rest of the stops in this blog tour.

Wed., March 2: Christa Watson/Christa Quilts

Thurs., March 3: Casey York/The Studiolo

Fri., March 4: Heather Jones/Heather Jones Studio

Mon., March 7: Kate Colleran/Seams Like A Dream

Tues., March 8: Rossie Hutchinson/Rossie Crafts

Wed., March 9: Amanda Jean Nyberg/Crazy Mom Quilts

Thurs., March 10: Amy Ellis/Amy’s Creative Side

Fri., March 11: Lynn Krawczyk/Smudge Design Studio

Mon., March 14: Debbie Grifka/Esch House Quilts

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great weekend!



92 thoughts on “Lines By Design: Blog Tour and Giveaway!

  1. this book looks to be amazing. right now i am really fixed on flowers and leaves. lol, guess i just cant wait for spring to come.

  2. I’m drawn to angles repeating like stacks of flying geese or chevrons or braids. Forever is a really beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. The shapes capturing my attention right now are circles and tumblers. I am doing hand applique circles and cutting and sewing scrappy tumblers. Love the designs in this great book!

  4. I’m in a “circle phase” right now, and am pairing that with color, lots and lots of color! This book looks really interesting and stimulating, with ideas that would force me to branch out.

  5. I love the Park Estate quilt you show in your blogs. I hadn’t really thought about it before but I seem to like squares and also the bias tape appliques. I really need to try the bias tape applique technique.

  6. I love her Zephyr design. I reminds me of leaves (though it’s probably really water drops), which are one of my favorite things right now. Right now there are so many projects in my queue, but I need to make room for some of these!

  7. I am focused on triangles – of all shapes and sizes – right now…. circles and arcs are hovering in the background waiting their turns…. :) Great looking book, thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  8. I’m not sure what my favorite design element is right now. I’ve been quilting for 7 years, and I want to challenge myself this year. I made a quilt with a lot of curves, and I tried bias tape appliqué with the mighty lucky quilting club. But I still fall back to my favorite pattern:the wonky star. I look forward to seeing the patterns and ideas in this book!

  9. What I have seen so far from this book is amazing. I definitely need my own copy. Right now I am very fond of curved cross hatching. I have admired it from afar for quite a while and my friend surprised me by using it on my quit that she recently long armed for me. So special. Thanks for participating in the blog tour and offering this giveaway.

  10. This looks like a great book, Casey! I love the quilt on the front cover, and the “Celtic knot” quilt displayed at QuiltCon. I like the bold, simple lines …

  11. Does echo quilting count? I haven’t started FMQ yet so this type of quilting works well with my walking foot.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  12. I’ve been in love with New York beauty blocks for a long time and I am finally making a quilt with some, so that’s my current favorite design element. This is a really unique and interesting looking book. Can’t wait to read it!

  13. Thank you for sharing your design insights. The book looks interesting. Right now my focus seems to be on linear elements.

  14. I’ve been making more than one version of plus quilts and using the hexagon shape. Both create different design options and are fun.

  15. I just finished a hexagon quilt that I love so maybe that’s a current favorite shape. I’m loving those lined pillows, though, so I guess I might be fickle.

  16. Currently I’m working on some designs that use curves. Would love to add this book to our Modern guild library. Thanks for the chance

  17. I currently don’t have a shape that I use all of the time. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for the givewaway.

  18. Right now curves seem to be front and center with me. Might have to do with the Carolyn Friedlander BOM I am doing. The Collection Quilt is mostly curves.

  19. As much as I love anything with leaves, and many other designs, I guess what is top of mind right now, is unusual patterns to help me get my scrap stash down! Thanks so much for sharing.

  20. I am really drawn to curves (clamshells, orange peels, cirlcles, etc)– now I just need to dive in and learn to sew them!

  21. I’m just finishing a quilt that has 120 angles cut with Jay Bird’s Hex & More ruler. I can see doing more of them, even though binding those angles is challenging.

  22. Currently, I am enjoying some improv quilting with flying geese. It has been a great stress reliever after a long day, and I love that a simple block can still yield surprises for me.

  23. I love the’bar code’ pillow. I haven’t seen what she calls it yet. I find her designs inspiring. They look ‘doable’. I’m just starting this journey in to quilting. I would love to win her book.

  24. Love the quilts shown in this new book. I’m making a quilt with lots of straight lines, and then cutting them up and adding more straight lines of fabric. It’s so much fun and each block changes with each addition!

  25. I live in Maine, and I’m always inspired by all the types of trees that surround my home–white birch, red maple, white pine, oak, Austrian pine–each so unique and beautiful. Thanks so much for the giveaway, Casey!

  26. In the past month I have been appliqueing sailboat quilts. I love the idea using bias tape as the design process in the quilt. Thank you for the inspiration.

  27. I’m so glad to be introduced to your blog via this blog hop! My current inspiration is the triangle, specifically HSTs. Enjoying the versatility of this basic shape.

  28. I guess I’m tired of winter by now. I’m looking forward to bright pastels and florals at the moment. Leaves & butterflies are catching my eye. Although in this book I quite like the Slats pillow. It looks like a nice quick change for the couch.

  29. Love the ideas in this book – my favorite type of quilting. After I finish the western shirts quilt I’m working on right now – new ideas to work on.

  30. Pingback: Lines by Design Quilts blog hop day 2 and machine quilting | Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs

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