I'm thrilled to be today's stop on the blog tour for the new book, Lines by Design by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts. I've know Debbie for a few years now, and I've always admired her work and its clean sense of design and her wonderful use of color.
Debbie's book focuses on the use of line in quilt patterns and the results are beautifully graphic and bold. She write about this theme in the introduction of the book, stating:
So, why lines? I've always loved clean lines in architecture, furniture and clothes. I'm drawn to anything with strong graphic impact that distills a shape to its essence. Lines convey an idea in as few "words" as possible, letting others fill in the details with their imaginations. Lines offer unlimited potential from bold, straight lines to lush curves and lines that draw pictures.
In Lines by Design Debbie covers the techniques of piecing, machine applique, and bias applique, so there is something for everyone to learn. There are so many gorgeous projects in the book, but my favorite is Park Estates, which is a quilt made up of pieced blocks. The striking contrast of the white focal fabric against the neutral background jumped out to me, and I think the design of the white elements really pops because the blocks are set on point in this project.
I also love how she echoed the shape of the blocks in the quilting, which you can see in the detail shot above. I don't make many quilts from patterns, but I think I just might have to make this one. Can you imagine how amazing a black and white version of this would look, too!?
Update: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Linda, the winner of Lines by Design!
Debbie and her publisher are offering a giveaway of her book to one of my readers. Please leave a comment below stating one of your favorite ways to use line in your projects. I'll choose one random winner on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 when the blog tour is over. The giveaway is open to everyone; residents of the US will receive a physical copy of the book, while a winner residing anywhere else in the world will receive a digital copy. Good luck, and be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the blog hop for other chances to win, as well!
March 2 Christa Watson http://christaquilts.com/
March 3 Casey York https://studioloblog.wordpress.com/
March 4 Heather Jones http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog/
March 7 Kate Colleran http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/
March 8 Rossie Hutchinson http://www.rossiecrafts.com/blog
March 9 Amanda Jean Nyberg http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/
March 10 Amy Ellis http://www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/
March 11 Lynn Krawczyk http://smudgeddesignstudio.com/blog/
March 14 Debbie Grifka http://eschhousequilts.com/blog