The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour Day 4

It's day 4 and Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts is up! Honestly, I consider her to be the first modern appliquer! I've been in awe of her stuff for years. She really understands how to blend the best of applique with the best of modern design. The results are so wonderful, I want to make every one of her quilts for my own!

Ephemeral Elegance by Debbie Grifka. This quilt won at AQS Paducah 2011. I was blown away when I first saw her use of bias. This modern applique quilt is perfect in every way!

It's kind of funny when you're a quilt designer. Many, many times I come up with what I think is a brilliant design only to see one very similar online somewhere. That has happened to me a lot with Debbie's designs! Especially when it comes to bias tape. We both are in love with it and use it liberally in our designs.

You can see why I like Debbie's EE quilt so much - see my vase on top of my dresser? I "look" at EE everyday!
Two quilts in The Modern Applique Workbook use bias or straight of grain stems. One of them, Kisses, turned out to be one of my favorites in the book! It's just a fun little baby quilt or wall-hanging for a baby's room. The best of all is that it is so easy to piece and the applique X's on top go very quickly. I can envision it in any other single color or a selection of brights! Anything goes with this quilt!

Construction is simple - I chose about five different blue solids without care that they "go together." I just wanted blues. Then I pieced them into wonky squares with white as the background. The X's (or kisses) are made from a variety of leftover straight-of-grain strips from other projects. I randomly matched them and all are different lengths and shades of gray.

Please check out Debbie's blog and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! If you can't wait to get your copy, you can order an autographed copy here!

Be sure to visit the rest of the guest bloggers and enter the contest on their blogs as well!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter
Feb. 11: Amy Smart
Feb. 12: Angela Walters
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer
Feb. 17: Casey York
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine


  1. That quilt looks really interesting. Modern applique? Hmmmmm.....something new to play with. And I know exactly what you mean about designing something and then seeing similar quilts everywhere - it's so frustrating! Have a super day!


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