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 is up next with a new pillow tutorial, but first we thought you’d like to learn more about her work…

After a lifetime of sewing, Debbie began quilting in 2002. She experimented with many different techniques and styles to try to figure out what kind of quilter she wanted to be. In 2006, Debbie discovered The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and knew right away that she wanted to make bold, graphic quilts like the ones in the book. Further inspired by the work of Gwen Marston, Jacquie Gering and others in the online modern quilting community, Debbie now describes her style as graphic, modern minimalism. Making quilts with clean lines and bold shapes is her focus, whether the colors are deep and intense or low contrast neutrals, and whether the technique is piecing or appliqué.

Debbie’s work has been displayed at both Paducah and Houston and featured in various magazines and books. Her book, Lines by Design Quilts: 17 Projects Featuring the Innovative Designs of Esch House Quilts, focuses on the graphic impact of the line in quilt design. From bold, straight lines to lush curves and lines that draw pictures, Lines By Design Quilts will show you how to get the maximum effect out of minimum composition.

Debbie blogs at Esch House Quilts and is active on several social media sites. She is past President of the Ann Arbor (MI) Modern Quilt Guild and a member of the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.