Strip On by G. E. Designs

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This has been a busy year for Gudrun Erla -- fabric designing, travelling, teaching, blog hopping -- but today she's with us to talk about her latest book, Strip On. Known especially for her ever-expanding repertoire of G.E. Designs "strip" patterns, Strip On really shows the endless possibilities of 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips with gorgeous results! Gudrun has generously given us 2 copies of the book to give away, so read all the way through to see how you can win! Also, she and several other quilt designers are kicking off their Cross Country Christmas Blog Hop today with a darling little game of "guess-who"!

Hi Jolly Jabbers!

It’s great to be back at the Jolly Jabber to blog about my brand new book, Strip On. The book was really inspired from my collection of strips that has been growing for years. Before they sold the fabulous strip collections I used to cut all my leftover fabric from projects into strips of different widths and store them in containers. Now I have some wonderful bundles of strips added to my collection in the form of Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Sushi Rolls and so on. I decided to use two common sizes of strips for this book, 2-1/2” strips and 1-1/2” strips.

There are 10 quilts in the book and most of them include various sizes so that you can make a quilt to fit any bed or occasion. Here are some of the quilts in the book.

On the cover (shown at the very top) we have a quilt called Criss Cross Double Toss. This quilt is made from my new fabric line called Olivia that will be in stores early 2010. This is a quilt with lots of visual impact and goes together quickly with the big blocks. It’s a perfect combination with scrappy blocks paired with the perfect large scale print.

On the back cover is a fun and simple quilt called Steamy Windows. I used the Authentic fabric line by Sweetwater for the lap size quilt. Included in the book are instructions on how to create some bonus project with the leftovers, like the table runner.

Rocky Road is a simple vertical row quilt made from 2-1/2” strips. I used a new line by Blackbird Designs called Old Primrose Inn. The smaller quilt is Criss Cross Applesauce and is made from 1-1/2” strips.

Milky Way is a great stash buster. All you need is 46 assorted strips and some contrasting fabric for the stars to make this scrappy lap quilt. It was fun to stay with a color scheme on both quilts and not focusing on fabric lines. I used browns, greens and oranges for the fall colored quilt and pink, rose, aqua and light green for my spring version.

I love the crispness and clean lines of Angler’s Choice. I used a Mint Chip Bali Pop for the lap size shown on the dock and Hushabye by Tula Pink for the crib size quilt pictured by Devil’s Tower with my kids as props :-) This quilt is a must if you have a fishing guru in the family.

There are 3 more quilts in the book. If you want a peak at them, hop on over to my blog and check them out. I hope you enjoyed peeking through the pages of my new book and feel inspired to dance your way into the sewing room and STRIP ON!!:-) Tell us which quilt you would tackle first and you can win your very own copy of the book!!

Gudrun Erla
GE Designs