Monday, May 23, 2011

Table Talk Blog Tour


We are so excited to participate in Gudrun Erla’s Table Talk Blog Tour.

The “Table Talk” Book by Gudrun Erla features table runners, table toppers and family treats! What could be better than a book about fabrics and food? The book includes six pieced projects, three holiday projects, four “quilt as you go” projects and three leftover projects as well as fifteen recipes.

Gudrun grew up in Selfoss, Iceland; a small town of only 4,000. Her earliest memories are conversations within the family around the dining table. Hence the idea of a book filled with table toppers and food. Stories of her family and photos of her years growing up fill the pages. All the projects are beautifully illustrated and the directions for each project are easy to follow. As you page through the book you’ll find the recipe for Harvest Soup or Hot Fudge Pudding Cake ….oh my!

Our favorite pattern in the book is the "Wrapped It Up Runner."  It features the block Gudrun designed for our 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month Club. Three little packages wrapped up in red ribbon are at each end of the runner with a beautiful star block in the center. She also includes a “Jelly Jar Runner” made from leftover Jelly Roll strips! What a great idea! Gudrun says, “The thought of having these rectangles lying around my sewing room made me think of all the jelly jars clogging up my fridge with just a little jelly on the bottom. I quickly cleaned them out and used them up too!”

Following is the lineup for the rest of the tour:

Posting every day of the week: Gudrun Erla - GE Designs
Tuesday May 24th: Sandy Gervais - Pieces From My Heart
Wednesday May 25th: Monique Dillard - Open Gate Quilts
Thursday May 26th: Kate Spain - Kate Spain Designs
Friday May 27th: Kansas City Star - Diane McLendon


124 comments:

Pat said...

I just love this table runner. And look forward to reading about Gudrun's life growing up in Iceland.

Liz said...

Love the table runner. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I'm looking forward to seeing more from the book.

shelly said...

I love the Wrap It Up runner and fabric used in the sample. I can't wait to see the quilt as you go designs from the new book.

Dana said...

Her designs are wonderful, I love using table runners instead of a table cloth, no ironing!

Nancy said...

I've taken classes from Gudrun and have seen her trunk show. I'm looking forward to her new book and the new patterns.

Stephani said...

Love the table runner!

Truffle queen said...

This book sounds GREAT! Love the runner you've featured! Can't wait for the recipes!

Cathy said...

Love the table runner. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this fabulous book. Hugs

Donna said...

Gundrun's book looks very interested. I really love the Christmas table runner. Happy quilting!

allcounty said...

Have to agree the "wrapped it up Runner" is a HIT :) Karin E:)

Lin S said...

Getting excited to start sewing for Christmas

mama dub said...

I love this table runner. Gudrun's patterns are fun to make with the quilt as you go method. The new book looks great.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute table runner. The book looks awesome!

Moneik said...

Such a cute table runner!

sndy1 said...

Looks like a great new book full of Gudrun's patterns and stories.

Karen said...

Love the book. Great inspiration!

Annika Pettersson said...

This book sunds like it would suit me just fine. Love to sew runners and toppers for my tables.

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful table runner and great design for all types of quilting, would be fun to try in primitive fabrics too.

Debbie

TheLazyQuilter said...

Lovely :)

Denise said...

Love Gudrun's patterns. Looking forward to this new book.

Sonia B said...

I love little projects. This looks awesome!

Lisa Marie said...

I love table runners and that one is so cute!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love that table runner. Thank you for sharing.

Tammy said...

I love her packages table runner. I only use table runners on my table, I love how they look and they're so easy to make to change out for different occasions. I look forward to reading her book.

James-Linda said...

SIMPLY LOVE THE RUNNER WITH THE GIFTS ON IT! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Ullis said...

I really lik the Wrap-it-up tablerunner! And I'm also curious about the jelly jar runner. Hugs Ullis in Sweden

manybooks said...

That is a fabulous table runner! Cute, cute!

Joelle said...

Looks like a great book!

Christie said...

Okay - my computer ate my comment to you, so hopefully, it won't "throw it back up" and repost what I wrote the first time. How fun that you are part of the Table Top Blog Hop! Would love to win a copy of Gudrun's new book. Love reading about others' traditions and their cultural differences. And, of course I love quilts and food! Perfect book for me! Thanks for sharing today. HUGS... and stitches

Peaceful Piecer said...

The wrap it up block was one of my favorites!

Kelly said...

I love the table runner and enjoyed making the block for the block of the month! Would love to have one the her books.

grammyx4 said...

Love them all...

Ariane said...

I love this little runner. It's gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing! Hugs Ariane

Corinne said...

I hope that I can go to Iceland some day, but until then, perhaps owning Gudrun's book will keep me satisfied...! Thank you for entering me in the drawing...!

Staci said...

Oh, I am looking forward to seeing that book! I love, love, love to make table runners and toppers.

Mary said...

This looks like a fabulous book!

Becky said...

I do like this design. I want to make this one. Need to purchase the book just for the holiday runner. Great holiday gift!

Sandi said...

I love how table runners and toppers are such quick projects. This looks like a great book!

SharO said...

Didn't know there'd be recipe also. Yum.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

It looks like a wonderful book. Recipes sound fun.

Caryl W said...

I like to make table toppers and I really like Gudrun's designs! This sounds like a super book!!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I'd love to give the 'quilt as you go' designs a try...the whole book looks fabulous!

MGM

~The Bargain Babe said...

That table runner is the best! I'm curious to see what she did with the jelly roll scraps too. :)

Sarah said...

Love the runner and can't wait to see the book! What a great idea to include recipes in it, too :)

Louise in Iowa said...

The runner makes me eager to have Christmas arrive - almost! This looks like a great book. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win.

Nancy D. said...

The runner you featured is sweet. I can't wait to see what else she has in her new book. Take care.

Dee said...

LOVE the table runner, but hot fudge pudding cake - thinking that would be amazing!

Patty V said...

I agree with Dee I love the runners but it was the hot fudge pudding cake that really caught my attention....must be lunch time.
Thanks for participating with Gudrun.

VickiT said...

What a great looking book. I am a huge collector of recipes and love sewing/quilting too so this is a must have book in my mind. I have to agree with that being an awesome table runner. How pretty.

DebrafromMD said...

I loved this BOM and the table runner is wonderful. This book is going on my must-have list.

Martina said...

Lovely tablerunner! Great book! Thanks so much!

annette said...

This book "Table Talk" is right up my alley! I love to decorate my table seasonally, and table toppers are it.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!
nettiecrain@live.com

adventuresinquilting said...

Thank you for sharing :)

Pat V. said...

What a lovely collection of patterns! It will be hard deciding which one to make first!

Jen said...

Can't wait to check this book out! Gudrun is a fabuloys designer.

robin said...

It looks like a wonderful book!

Laurie said...

i'm addicted to table runners, toppers and candle mats :) thanks for a chance to win - laure

llsbaskets@comcast.net

Sharon S said...

This table runner is nice! The recipes sound delicious too!

Deb said...

Love the runner...am hoping to make runners for Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for a chance to win! :o)

arlette said...

She's a talented lady... love her work!!!

Amy V said...

Love the runner too. Runners are so fun for changing the look of a room.

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Looks like a great book! I love small projects like table toppers.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

That's my favorite pattern too! Just love those little gifts and the star is wonderful!

Laine said...

Looking at the runner makes me anxious to start sewing with Christmas fabrics again.

lsandes@comcast.net

Marilyn said...

Enjoyed finding your blog and getting to learn more about other quilters!

Del said...

I love everything in the book soo far!

Thank you for sharing

Julia said...

This going to fun. Love Gudrun Erla designs and her fresh take on doing things.

Kay said...

Love the package table runner & can't wait to see the rest of the book.

Monica Moura said...

The book looks amazing. Absolutely love the Wrap It Up table runner!!!

Shannon said...

The book looks great-I would love to make a few of those projects

WandaFish said...

Fabrics and food - definitely a winner! The more I hear of this book, the more I want it :)
I like cute projects that don't take forever to complete.

Elaine said...

Book looks even better than the last one I bought. Always hope to win.
Thanks. Add stories and recipes. Great Christmas combo...

raejt2000 said...

Love that table runner! Would make the perfect gift this Christmas!

Anne D said...

The table runner is gorgeous. What a great book.

Holley said...

I love the Wrap It Up Runner too! It could be transformed into a beautiful tree skirt!

sue said...

Would love to try some of these new runners!

Cotton Blossom said...

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake, get outta here! Gotta try it!

Cory said...

I love this book and would love to win it. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

Joan and Kevin said...

I just love it, thanks for the giveaway

Cindi P. said...

I love the idea of gift packages on the table runner. Thanks for participating in the hop :)

Linda said...

Great projects..thanks...

Barb in Mi said...

WHne I first saw the mystery block - I was mad at myself that I hadn't participated, but now it's in a book - great! Thank you!

Cathie said...

This sounds like a terrific book!

Darlene B said...

Looks like a great book! I hope to win a copy to start on some great Christmas projects....

Mary said...

I love the projects I've seen so far in the book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

xsgail said...

Great projects!

Jessica Rassler said...

Gudrun's book looks awesome and I love the theme of family conversations around the table. Reminds me of my family gatherings! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Kate R said...

I love this table runner :) Looks like a great book.

ytsmom said...

Looks like this is a great book.

Andra said...

What a great book, love table runners they are great teacher gifts.

Quilt n Queen said...

...luv, luv, luv the sEw fun 'Wrap It Up' runner. Looking forward to seeing all the peeks in Gudrun's 'Table Talk' book this week....Keeping my fingers crossed....thanks for the chance to win one!!!

Linda said...

I like the Wrap It Up runner too. I'm trying very hard to win a copy of this book!

Lynda said...

I like table runners as they make good "in between" projects. you can also convert some to bed runners.

~Kathleen said...

What fun! This looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

jane said...

What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

sandra said...

The book looks like fun, I always like her patterns as they seem so happy. I hope I get a chance to win book

heidiabc said...

Never seen anything likes this - what fun!

Deb G. in VA said...

I love the Wrapped It Up Runner!

Debbie said...

What a great table runner!!

Wendy said...

I really enjoy Gudrun's designs so can't wait to see her book. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of it!

Jane said...

I love the runner Wrapped It Up!
Wonder how it would look expanded with repeating blocks and put on the end of the bed in the guest bedroom at Christmas.

Syd said...

I love this table runner! It's absolutely beautiful. Thanks for this chance to win!!!

Ladybug said...

Thanks for a chance to win the table runner looks great.

Jane Biles said...

I love the blog hop and just wish I could make all of the projects, too! It's fun to see the new designs and how they look with the wonderful fabrics that are available now. Have fun!

emmy said...

The fabric really does make the runner. Love the star in the middle. Like her idea of including 'left overs' and recipes.

Amy said...

Very pretty table runner. I sure do like these small projects!

The quilting Cat Lady. said...

I love all the table runners, I need this book ;-) and some fabric to make them of course.
Alda, Fl

Chris said...

Love that Christmas Table Runner! I'll have to check the jelly jars in my refrig and the fabric in my sewing room now! :)

Peach Rainbow said...

Lovely!
I'd love this book :D

Kathy MacKie said...

Just darling- love the book!

Lee said...

What a lovely looking book! and the runner is stunning! thanks!

Sunnybec said...

Need to make some table runners so would love this book.

deserae said...

I love the table runner!

Bunny said...

I agree, this is a lovely table runner.

Diana said...

Looking forward to doing a Christmas runner for myself instead of using the purchased ones I have

Darcy said...

That is the most precious table runner! LOVE IT!

The Rx quilter said...

This looks like such a great book...the photos are awesome too! Lisa in Texas

Debra said...

I just love agood book I can look at for hours!

Marcia W. said...

I've jumped through Gudrun's blog tour and all the projects are wonderful! Thanks for the review.

Karen said...

What a great tablerunner. I can't wait to see the whole book - it looks wonderful!

Angela N. said...

That table runner is so awesome!! Im seriously wanting to make one for christmas!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book I would love to have! Thanks for the chance! hesabella(at)gmail(dot)com

Sadie said...

The book looks great, my favourite is the Jelly Jar Runner, such pretty colours. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Jagels said...

I love this book. i've been dying to make a table runner for my table. thanks.