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Debbie Grifka from Esch House Quilts is the author of Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts. Debbie’s book focuses on projects designed to feature lines, and it includes both piecing and appliqué techniques (fusible and bias).

From the publisher:

    A simple line has unlimited potential when a quilt is the canvas. Including straight lines, curves and pictorial shapes, Lines by Design Quilts demonstrates a clean, modern approach to quilt design, using the endless creativity of lines achieved through bias, machine appliquéhas and traditional piecing.

    Author Debbie Grifka’s quilts are bold, statement pieces for your home, and among her fresh, new patterns are twelve bed-sized quilts, pillows and other items that will have you rethinking your room decor. Pictorial favorites include coffee cups and simplistic houses while more abstract designs borrow inspiration from classics like the Double Wedding Ring.

    You’ll never look at a simple line quite the same again!

Debbie has an exclusive Fresh Air Pillow Tutorial for you, to give you a taste of her design aesthetic and the type of projects in the book. You can also comment for a chance to win a copy of Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts. Do you love modern quilts? Are you into bold? Do you need some new statement items for your home? Let’s hear your thoughts on the Fresh Air Pillow, Debbie’s work or Lines by Design Quilts for a chance to win. (US addresses only for hardback book, eBook for international winners.)


This project utilizes Robert Kaufman Kona Solids in Peridot, White and Water. Finished Size: 16″ x 16″.

Fabric Requirements:

  • Green (background, centers, backing): 3/4 yard
  • White frames: 1/4 yard or 4 1″ strips
  • Blue accent: 3 3″ squares
  • Batting: 20″ x 20″
  • Muslin: 20″ x 20″

Cutting:
Green:
– Cut a 13″ strip; subcut two 13 x 16 1/2″ pieces and six 3″ squares for the block centers.
– Cut a 7″ strip; subcut two 7″ squares for side setting triangles and two 4 1/2″ square for the corner setting triangles; subcut four 4″ squares for the background.
– Cut the 7″ squares in half diagonally twice; cut the four 1/2″ squares in half diagonally once.

White:
– Cut 4 1″ strips; subcut 18 – 4″ pieces and 18 – 3″ pieces.

Construction:
Sew a 3″ white piece onto opposite sides of a 3″ green square. Press toward the green. Sew a 4″ white strip onto the remaining sides of the square. Press toward the green. Make 6 blocks.

Sew a 3″ white piece onto opposite sides of a 3″ blue square. Press toward the blue. Sew a 4″ white strip onto the remaining sides of the square. Press toward the blue. Make 3 blocks.

Sew the blocks and 4″ green background squares into rows. There should be two blocks remaining, one with a blue center and one with a green center.

Lay out the rows on point.

Sew one of the triangles from the 7″ squares to each end of Rows 1, 2, 4 and 5.

For Row 3, sew a triangle from a 4 1/2″ square to each end of the row.

Sew the remaining triangles from the 4 1/2″ squares to the “top” of Row 1 and the “bottom” of Row 5. Sew the rows together.

Press, baste with the batting and backing and quilt as desired. Trim to 16 1/2″ square.
Turn one long raw edge on each of the pillow back pieces under twice, press and topstitch.

Place the pillow front face up. Place the pillow back pieces with right sides facing the pillow front and the raw edges aligned with the pillow front raw edges.

Using a 1/2″ seam, sew through all layers around all four sides. Clip the corners, turn and press.

There you have it! A modern, statement pillow… It’s a breath of fresh air for your home! Find more exciting projects exploring lines in Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts.