Lines By Design Quilts :: Review & Giveaway

Lines by Design Quilts is by my friend Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts – I always love seeing Debbie and her new patterns at Market, and was so excited when she revealed to me that she was in the process of writing this beautiful book.

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Included in the book are 17 original and stunning projects! Debbie organized the book by shape and has included projects large and small, some are simple and others are more complex – there’s something for everyone, and the typeface is complementary to the style of quilts too!

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I didn’t get very far in looking through the book, before I was smitten – Slats is a collection of pillow patterns.

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I told Debbie that I couldn’t wait to make all four, but for today, I’ve just made my favorite.
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Here’s a couple more favorite quilts from the book –

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Epicenter – I love the way your eye keeps moving around this quilt, and the gradient tones of blue.

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Road Work – I just love the big circles and bright colors in this quilt. Debbie walks you through appliqué for this project, in case you aren’t ready for curves yet!

ETA: Winner

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*If this quick look at Lines by Design Quilts has piqued your interest, you are in luck! One lucky winner will receive a copy to cherish and stitch from – to enter, leave me a comment about your current work(s) in progress. I have two quilts cut, that I need to finish piecing – but my Slats pillow was the perfect fast finish for this week! US winners will receive a book and international winners will receive a pdf of the book. I’ll announce a winner on Monday – Good Luck!

Visit the other stops on the tour, to learn more, see more quilts, and for more chances to win –

March 2     Christa Watson

March 3        Casey York

March 4        Heather Jones

March 7     Kate Colleran

Marcg 8     Rossie Hutchinson

March 9     Amanda Jean Nyberg

March 11      Lynn Krawczyk

March 14   Debbie Grifka

By |2018-09-04T11:18:39-06:00March 10th, 2016|books, give away, review|96 Comments


  1. Wendy March 10, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I have a snuggle flannel quilt in progress for my youngest daughter, a mystery quilt with an FB group and cutting quilt for my daughter’s college dorm bed.

  2. Denise W March 10, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Good Morning! I am currently working on a Tall Ship baby quilt, a giant star quilt, and the Pixelated Heart quilt done in batiks. That’s just what I am in this week. That certainly is not all the ufo’s! This new book looks like a great place for ideas, so am really looking forward to it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. amy March 10, 2016 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I have HST’s cut for a quilt, a baby blanket to finish and just started on a large block quilt! Too many things at once I guess but it’s fun.

  4. Julie V March 10, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Im working on a polarity quilt for my bed and the Collection quilt is my ongoing hand stitching project.

  5. MaryBeth March 10, 2016 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Right now I’m finishing up a baby quilt for my next door neighbor/bestie’s first grandbaby. Also, I have a quilt top ready to quilt for my great nephew’s high school graduation.

  6. Ines March 10, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    In the moment, I haven’t a project. A miniquiltswap ended and so I have got a little break (and I need inspiration…)

  7. Mary D March 10, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I am multi-quilt tasking. I am working on assembling my scrappy trip blocks for a quilt along, I am working on a coupla kid charity quilts and I have two pixelated heart quilts I am arranging charm square on my design wall.

  8. Julie March 10, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

    I have several totebags in the queue. I love the creativity in this book. Thanks for the chance.

  9. Wanda March 10, 2016 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I am currently working on a quilt with tiny pieced squares surrounded by neutral borders. This little squares have been waiting for 6 years to make it into a quilt.

  10. Mary on Lake Pulaski March 10, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I have all the HST’s made and am trimming for a baby quilt for my granddaughter due to arrive next month.

  11. Tamie March 10, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I promised a quilt for my daughter to take to college last fall. I really need to finish it.

  12. JillB March 10, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I’ve just finished a low-volume background for a quilt and will be starting the contrasting and colorful appliqué in a day or so. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Sarah J. March 10, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    I know my WIP pile is less than many, but for me it’s getting a bit out of control! I have a class gift quilt in the works for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, a wedding gift for my niece (who got married last fall), a quilt for my daughter, and a pile of fabrics pulled for a quilt for me and for my little guy! phew- I’m worn out just typing that :)

  14. sue March 10, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Currently I am quilting my February baby quilt. Trying to do a baby quilt each month but I am always behind!

  15. Pat in WNY March 10, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    So many projects in progress, a top nearing completion, a king size vintage quilt in my floor hoop, a table topper in the hand-held hoop, five more piecing and applique projects in the works, and a new church quilt ministry I’ll be facilitating. Thanks for the chance to win this book, it would provide some inspiration for our new group..

  16. G March 10, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I have a wall hanging, a pillow, and some potholders on progress right now.

  17. Norma March 10, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I just finished a huge queen Quilt for my niece to gift to her mother. The Quilt is made from my deceased BIL’s shirts. I have arranged the squares of shirt fabrics so that they show a phrase that my SIL and BIL said to one another since they were dating utilizing the Braille alphabet. I had enough leftovwr fabrics to surprise my niece and her brother with a pillow each to remember their dad. My next project is to finish a 30 year Quilt top from my MIL.

  18. Jane Thomas March 10, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I am working on a queen sized quilt for my bed. It has blue, yellow and grey churn dash blocks. I am quilting it in 2 halves since I have never made a quilt that big before. Then I will sew the 2 pieces together. I’m very excited about this book. I would love to create more modern quilts. Thanks.

  19. Gloria Cotten March 10, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I have one quilt ready for binding and am pullng fabric and ironing for another. I do lve a new project!

  20. Melissa March 10, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I’m finishing up a year-long quilt block of the month, plus many other projects, of course!

  21. patty March 10, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I usually do not buy a line of fabric, but was crazy about Nocturne by Moda and I am currently sewing together a quilt top out of 17 of the 18 prints.

  22. Colette March 10, 2016 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I am working on a step in a mystery quilt, working on a block for RSC, and doing sashing for a Farmer’s Wife Quilt.

  23. Tac March 10, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I have one finished top I need to quilt plus several in the cutting/sewing process. This book looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  24. LINDA March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    HI, I’m working on a little Boys Charity Quilt in red,white,blue sailboat blocks!
    Thank You for your Blog,Inspiration+this giveaway!

  25. Susan March 10, 2016 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Several projects going – Nickel Bricks (ready to quilt), Lone Starburst (quilt on the frame), and Think Outside the Box HST Challenge to use up HST’s. Busy, busy, busy!
    Susan @ quiltfabrication

  26. Karen March 10, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I’m currently planning some home decor sewing for my daughter who just moved and needs some window coverings. I would gladly take a break from this to make her a set of those terrific pillows in her favorite colors! Thanks for the giveaway, Amy!

  27. Kathleen March 10, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I have a quilt that is almost done that I started in 2012 (not sure I should be admitting that) plus about 6 other small projects waiting in the wings because my sewing machine is in the repair shop!! I’m so lost!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  28. Laura March 10, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I have 2 quilts in progress, but my real WIP is getting my house ready to sell so not much sewing going on.

  29. Danette March 10, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I have a quilt top halfway through. It is stars in the center and Log Cabin around the stars. Need to finish it by May. Thank you!

  30. Nancy March 10, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

    What fabulous designs. Thanks for sharing the giveaway! I have a table runner and two quilts that need quilting, and I hope to finish them this month.

  31. Dayna March 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Have a purple tumbler quilt going for my youngest grandaughter and a harley baby quilt for my youngest great grandson! Of course the stack of flimsies waiting to be quilted keeps staring at me!

  32. Anne D March 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I love everything I have seen from this book. The cover quilt is amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Melody Lutz March 10, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    A split 9 patch and a 3-D explosion that I drafted myself. Both in batiks.

  34. Ashley March 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I’m cutting for a Christmas quilt. Can’t start too early!

  35. Anita March 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Right now I am trying to keep up with the Splendid Sampler blocks, and I am planning how to quilt my All in a Row skinny runner.. I won’t be sewing much this weekend ecause I am attending the national quilter’s guild meeting. And I have a quilt on display!

  36. Allison CB March 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I am doing the Splendid Sampler, two more BOMs and I have about six more major projects on the go!!! (can’t seem to say no to anything these days!!! The book looks awesome!! Love the pillows – the designs are so simple but the quilting is really attractive!!!

  37. Claire Ross March 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    My current WIP is the Sew Over It Vintage Shirtdress, not a quilty WIP!

  38. Summer March 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Geez, I hate to admit how many WIPs I have! I have a stack that need to be quilted, several bins with quilts I am piecing, and quite a few fabrics that are reserved for that special pattern or person. I am glad to have a longarmer friend who helps me catch up when I feel a quilt is just too big to be quilted on my domestic machine!

  39. Heather J March 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I am currently working on a modern improv piece, one of many WIP!

  40. Lynne S of Oz March 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    I have two quilts I’m working on at the moment – a Libs Elliott “Weight of Love” and the other is “Chic Country” by Sew Kind of Wonderful. This admittedly is odd for me – I love reading quilt books and looking at patterns and then usually go and do my own thing using ideas and techniques I’ve garnered from the books.
    (Do not ask how many quilts are waiting to be basted and quilted though ;-)

  41. Megan March 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I am currently working on a twin quilt for my son’s bed made with Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander. I finished the top and am working on the back now. Hoping to have it completed soon!

  42. audrey March 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I’ve got so many quilt tops in progress. Several are applique projects and a couple are improv. style. This looks like such a great book! Would love to read through it more thoroughly!

  43. Veronique March 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I’m working on a quilt for my daughter and a fun little scrappy ball for my son (my first paper piecing project)

  44. Anna Lutz-Brown March 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I have 2 baby quilts in the works……And a few burp cloths….

  45. Kathy E. March 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    This book definitely piqued my interest! I am currently working on a tale runner with paper-pieced blocks.

  46. Margaret March 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    currently I am working on 5 quilts but i’d like to start the circle quilt from this book. really different from my style and looks fun!

  47. katekwiltz March 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Currently working on three Quilts for Kids projects, one of which is with a seven- and nine-year old as a project for Lent. Top’s done for one, a second is mid-quilt, and the third quilt-as-you-go is getting started this weekend. Busy!

  48. Carolyn Confer March 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I’m working on a medium sized quilt that has mixed blocks. I found some old pieced blocks in grandma’s attic, not enough to made much, but I embroidaried Sunbonnet Sue and Fred blocks and put them together. A little bit of old and new.

  49. Loretta Bedia March 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    I am finishing up a queen size delectable mountains quilt, a comfort baby quilt, and a fractured landscape quilt.

  50. Lesley March 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I’m working on My Small World Quilt

  51. Janie March 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I love your pillow. I enjoy slipping in a quick project between the bigger ones. I just finished a sailboat quilt for my soon to be grandson who is due in July. Thank you for the inspiration.

  52. Kay B March 10, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Just finished a quilt about a week ago and am figuring out the details of my next projects, a wall hanging and then a pillow for a wedding present.

  53. Barbara March 10, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I’m working on a color wheel quilt, picking out a lot of the failed machine quilting. Gotta try again with a longer stitch length!

  54. Gigi Voegeli March 10, 2016 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win what looks like an interesting book! I am working on a Fancy Foxes quilt right now and then am going to start an improv medallion quilt. So many quilts, so little time!

  55. Allison C March 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I’m working on a preppy the whale baby blanket:

  56. Bethany March 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I currently have 2 main works in progress, a groove quilt using the pattern from Carolina patchworks and the other is a wonky syst quilt with Dr. Seuss fabric. Both are finished tops, but need the last work done.

  57. Anja @ Anja Quilts March 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Looks like some great projects in this book. I really like the pillows. I’m working on many WIP, but the current one is pattern I’m testing for a friend.

  58. Doris McCarty March 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I have two quilts in the works too. A paper priced one and an X’s and O’s.

  59. Jana March 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Right now I’m working on a baby quilt and matching pillow. I’m also in the process of cutting fabric for a couple of handbags.

  60. ElenaB March 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    WIPs! Fun. I am 90% finished piecing a rails design quilt top for Quilts of Valor and 1/2wah through a simple patchwork baby quilt for a good friend.

  61. Chris March 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I just finished Emily’s Garden so I must do my Spring Cleaning before I start a new project. I will need to check this book out for sure.

  62. Kat P March 11, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I am sewing on the binding to a quilt for our couch, then on to some baby quilts! Thanks for the chance! It looks like a great gook!

  63. Silvia March 11, 2016 at 12:56 am - Reply

    This books seems to be great! I’m working now on a triangle quilt for my sister.

  64. Sherry Jurykovsky March 11, 2016 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for featuring the Slats pillow. I loved it from the first moment I saw it. At the moment I am finishing a baby quilt for my new nephew and sewing a wedding dress for my youngest daughter. I have started cutting fabric for a rag quilt for myself, for TV watching but winter will be over before I get it done. :)

  65. JoAnne T. March 11, 2016 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Right now I’m working on my first appliqué quilt, it’s a special I Spy quilt using only fabrics with pictures that will spell my granddaughter’s name. It’s been fun finding all the different fabrics. I really want to get back to some piecing, I’ve found that I really do not like applique. This book looks absolutely great! Thank for telling us about it.

  66. FionaC March 11, 2016 at 2:39 am - Reply

    I started patchworking about 25 years ago with a hand pieced, hand quilted queen size sampler…I’m still quilting it!! Obviously I could really benefit for a book on fast quilts. Ha!

  67. Paige March 11, 2016 at 3:25 am - Reply

    I just finished up one more block for a challenge and there are plenty of other UFO’s from which to choose.

  68. Jen B March 11, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

    I have just started a bargello quilt and I’m trying not to cut out another project as I have 2 quilt tops that are ready to be basted and quilted.

  69. Rosalind Gutierrez March 11, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I finished two patriotic quilts that are waiting to be quilted (the hard part for me) and have a Disappearing Pinwheel quilt top in progress.

  70. Sharon Parcel March 11, 2016 at 6:30 am - Reply

    The pillows are wonderful…I agree…make all 4! So I am trying to finish free motion quilting a little charity quilt today…with a bum arm!

  71. Jayne March 11, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I just finished quilting one quilt, getting ready to put the binding on. I have a block to design and write a tutorial…deadlines!

  72. Mary Jo March 11, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I am on the last of the quilting on a wedge quilt. and thinking about what the next project will be

  73. Kathe G March 11, 2016 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I’ve really enjoyed this bog tour but I really must get back to making the backing for my cowboy shirt quilt – thanks.

  74. Janice March 11, 2016 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I am working on a log cabin made with bright, bold fabrics.

  75. Teressa P March 11, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Those quilts are so pretty! I’m working on a quilt for my daughter’s best friend. Her mom tried to hand quilt it and gave up after a few tries, so I’m secretly finishing it up for her. Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Sally March 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    currentl working on The Splendid Sampler quilt along

  77. Sarah S March 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I am not working on a quilt now, but am looking for an idea for a college graduation gift to my third daughter. The first two quilts i made were quilts based on Debbie’s designs…..I love her quilt designs! Thanks for the chance for this book and perhaps a quilt design that will suit my daughter’s tastes!

  78. Gill March 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love Road Works!
    Right now I’m making a baby quilt

  79. Michelle M March 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I’m a fairly new quilter, but I already have too many works in progress! One is a BOM through my local quilt shop and I have three quilts in progress for my kids and a few other things. Right now, though, I’m finishing up sewing some easter baskets and easter bunnies. This book looks amazing, by the way!

  80. LOUISE M March 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I am a newer quilter hand piecing HST into blocks for a quilt.

  81. Lizzy March 11, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I am making a pink elephant quilt for my granddaughter and trying to finish up some quilts that have been waiting to be sandwiched and quilted for too long.

  82. Diane March 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I love the pillows! I just started a new paper piecing project after taking 2 days to cut all the fabric.

  83. Cathy March 12, 2016 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Working on a giant churn dash scrappy quilt

  84. Jackie C March 12, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Current wips are finishing up swap projects! I have two pillows in the making. Thanks for the chance to win! I’d like to make that Riad Work quilt!

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  86. Cathy M Winter March 12, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I am totally smitten with the quilt on this books cover! Currently I’m working on silk tie pillows and my ‘oops’ sampler quilt (where each block has a purposeful mistake – it tickles
    Me so much!)

  87. Lisa Marie March 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I just finished piecing a baby quilt so now I’m ready to choose some backing fabric and do the quilting. I love making baby quilts — they are such happy projects!

  88. Petra Ruebsamen March 13, 2016 at 3:23 am - Reply

    I just finished cutting and preparing the fabric pieces for 11 mug rugs for my sewing group tomorrow evening – we made hexagons, appliqued them and tomorrow we will sandwhich and quilt them.

  89. Melissa Messinger March 13, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I am working on a plus quilt and Christmas pot holders to give as gifts.

  90. Ali news March 13, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I am working on cutting fabric for a red- white quilt

  91. HeatherK March 13, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I need to finish the trek quilt for my oldest from 5 years ago so I can make one for each of my other 2 this summer.

  92. amy dame March 14, 2016 at 2:25 am - Reply

    i’m working on the quilt Opal Essence by Lorena Uriarte in Australia, she came up to canada before quiltcon to teach a class, we were so lucky! i’ll be working on it for awhile, i’m enjoying the slow applique for now. i’m also working on a wall hanging with more hand applique (because i got bit by that bug, apparently!), following along with the Splendid Sampler, and trying to motivate myself to finish the stack of skirts i cut out in December. i’d much rather be quilting!

  93. Fran March 14, 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I’m just finishing an improv baby quilt – it’s been a fun project & not something I’ve tried before. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Debbie’s amazing book.

  94. Lori Smanski March 14, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply

    how fun your pillow is. right now i am making microwave bowl hot pads for Christmas. i know, lol, i am getting an early start.

  95. Ioleen March 15, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I am working on finishing a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for my sister. Also trying to keep on top of blocks for the splendid sampler.

  96. Kathe G March 16, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

    I’m currently working on a recycled man’s cowboy shirt quilt for a friend. I really loved this book and designs and am anxious to start a new project – many of which are on my mind -thanks.

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