Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka – Blog Hop

I’m still recovering from the awesomeness that was QuiltCon 2016 and one of the amazing quilts I fell in love with was Clerestory by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts. FYI I hadn’t heard this word before, so I looked it up. It’s an architectural term that refers to a section of wall that contains windows. Since many modern quilt designs are inspired by architecture, the name makes total sense. ūüôā


Clerestory – 64″ x 74″

Well, today, I’m excited to let you know that you can get the pattern for this awesome quilt, plus 16 others in Debbie’s brand new book, Lines by Design Quilts.


Fault Line – 52″ x 52″

I have always admired Debbie’s original quilt designs, and now I really like the premise of her new book book: patterns that explore the clean lines often found in architecture, furniture and clothes.

Lines by Design Quilts is organized into four pattern sections: squares and rectangles, diamonds and hexagons, circles and curves, and pictorial. I think the pictorial section is my favorite! Just look at a couple of the dynamic designs patterned in that part of the book:

deep_blueDeep Blue – 36″ x 45″

In the book Debbie explains how she uses bias tape applique to “draw” some of the shapes in her book. That is such a clever idea for those of us who are lacking certain artistic skills!


Cure-All – 30″ x 30″. I imagine some yummy hot cocoa as a cure-all for myself!

Lines By Designs Quilts has a nice mix of both pieced and applique quilt patterns – something for everyone! I love how Debbie encourages you to either make these quilts as given in the book, or to use them as a jumping off point to create something new and unique.

The book  includes plenty of clear illustrations, full size applique patterns and well written text, along with beautifully styled photography. I can totally imagine each of the quilts from this book in my home!

Your chance to win!

Each of the bloggers on Debbie’s book tour will be featuring¬† a different quilt (or 3) on their stop, so be sure to view them all. You’ll also be able enter for your chance to win a copy on each stop (hard copy for US winners, digital for non-US).

Wed, Mar 2     Christa Watson         (You are here)
Th, Mar 3        Casey York
Fri, Mar 4        Heather Jones
Mon, Mar 7     Kate Colleran
Tues, Mar 8     Rossie Hutchinson
Wed, Mar 9     Amanda Jean Nyberg
Th, Mar 10      Amy Ellis
Fri, Mar 11      Lynn Krawczyk  
Mon, Mar 14   Debbie Grifka

Then leave a comment below telling me if you’ve ever done bias tape applique before. I haven’t, but now I’m inspired to try! Winners will be chosen on March 14th, at the close of the hop.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Lines by Design Quilts!

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157 thoughts on “Lines by Design Quilts by Debbie Grifka – Blog Hop

  1. Fran says:

    I haven’t sewn with bias tape appliqu√© but would love to try this method. I love Debbie’s quilts & it would be fantastic to win a copy of her book!

  2. Bethany says:

    I joined the mighty lucky quilting club and the first month was bias binding applique. I had never done, but it was neat and I may have to try it again!

  3. Debbie Miller says:

    I have used bias tape applique as stems or vines in quilts but never even thought of this! Great idea and love the “Cure-All” quilt!

  4. Janequiltsslowly says:

    I tried a long time ago and gave up in frustration. I was using 1/4″ bias tape which was probably part of the problem.

  5. christahitchcock2014 says:

    I have not used bias tape applique, but I certainly appreciate the clean lines of these quilts!

  6. dawninca says:

    No I have never attempted bias tape appliqu√©. Until seeing Debbie’s quilt with the houses I never really had any reason to try it. The houses somehow call to me. I might need to give it a shot. ūüėČ I do love the quilt on the front of her new book. It is gorgeous!

  7. Debby says:

    I have never tried bias tape applique but I have viewed it for a few years and I love it; I just need to find the time to actually try it out myself.

  8. Heather J says:

    I have used bias tape applique previously and those quilts shown above have given me more ideas. Thank you for the chance.

  9. DEBI JIMENEZ says:

    Hi Christ Another great book I have to have.. Hubby wants to know if I will ever have enough?….mm NO!

    As for bias applique…well many many years ago. my gram and I would take drawings from coloring books…cut out the parts as a pattern. then use bias tape to “outline” the applique.

  10. Jacquelyn Ayers says:

    I love those fish. I big fish in a small pond? I have really enjoyed your first book and when you recommend a book, I believe. Thanks for this opportunity and thanks for all your tutorials.

  11. Alison says:

    I’ve never done any kind of applique before. I can imagine a lot of possibilities with this though. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. terryaskeartquilts says:

    I have appliqued with bias tape, and I love the effect! To date, I have only used purchased bias tape. One of these days, I have to try making my own.

  13. michellerams says:

    I just tried using bias tape applique for the first time a few weeks ago. I framed paper-pieced names of a couple with a bias-taped heart. It will become either a pillow cover or a mini quilt wall hanging for some friends who recently got married. I can’t wait to try it again on something else!

  14. Carolyn Confer says:

    I remember some of my Grandmothers tea towels with bias tape designs. Looks like fun and very different. I have her old bias tape makers. So I don’t have an excuse for not trying something.

  15. Marilyn says:

    I have made my own bias tape to do Celtic designs, but have never used it to make “pictures”.
    Great fun!

  16. Kathleen says:

    I have never appliqued with bias tape but have noticed some bloggers who are trying this technique and it does interest me. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  17. QuiltShopGal says:

    I absolutely loved seeing that house “line” quilt at QuiltConWest. So modern and refreshing. Delighted to learn that the pattern is in a book. Your insights make this book sound like a “must have”. I’m definitely interested in it. And thrilled to learn more during this blog hop.


  18. Audrey says:

    I have used bias tape applique in celtic knot work on quilts and wall hangings and for vines and the stems of flowers. I love how it so easily bends to the curved linw you want to follow. I am very drawn to this new book. It is exciting and fresh.

  19. Suzy says:

    i have not done bias tape applique, HOWEVER, I’m loving these quilts… so once I finish a few other projects… this will be on the list of things to try!

  20. djinavila says:

    I have a new aspiration to use bias tape on a quilt. I love the simple way it creates lines. I have a love for architecture and loved seeing all the architecture elements in quilts (two of my loves) at Quilt Con. Thank you for sharing.

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