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Happy Ten Year Anniversary Gudrun Erla!

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Today is my special day to help Gudrun Erla celebrate 10 years in the United States, the 10th anniversary of her quilt design company, GE Designs and the release of her newest book, Fast & Furious Home. Don’t miss the great give-aways below too.


I’ve been trying to remember when I first came across Gudrun’s work, and I can’t remember if I met her at Quilt Market one year or if it was this adorable Sweet Trimmings wall hanging tutorial.


Being last on this blog hop tour, meant I got to read all of the posts from the other bloggers and came across this great interview that our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop did with Gudrun at Spring Quilt Market:

Then I discovered that Gudrun used to be a physical education teacher, but what caught my attention and made me laugh was the Quiltmaker Shuffle that she organized:

Gudrun is famous for her quilt-as-you-go patterns. Let’s take a closer look at some of the projects in her new Fast & Furious Home book:








The first on my list to make once my book arrives will be the Diamond Charmer Table Topper. I love the unique shape and the design.

Quick links to Gudrun’s homes on the Web:

Web site: gequiltdesigns.com
Blog: gudrun.typepad.com
FB: facebook.com/gequiltdesigns
Instragram and Twitter: @gedesignsgudrun


I will be giving away a copy of Gudrun’s new book as well as these four patterns:


I’ll select two winners randomly next Tuesday morning, August 20. To enter, leave a comment below answering, Have you made any quilts using the quilt-as-you-go method?

Also, be sure to leave a comment on any of the Gudrun’s party blog posts for a chance to win the cover quilt:


Be sure to visit all of the sites on the blog tour for more fun, inspiration and give-aways!


The two winners have been selected and their email addresses forwarded to Gudrun who will contact the winners directly. Thanks to everyone that entered.





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This post was published on August 14th, 2013. Post topics: Free Projects, Product Reviews, Quilting Events, Videos. Post tags: .

250 Responses to “Happy Ten Year Anniversary Gudrun Erla!”

  1. Joan says:

    No, I haven’t made any quilts using the quilt-as-you-go method. I’ll certainly have to try it. Thank you for the lovely post on Gudrun. Her quilts are amazing.

  2. Linda Perry says:

    just found out about this technique so no , but do love Gudrun’s designs.

  3. barbara says:

    I havent tried the quilt as yougo method, but am certainly willing to learn.

  4. Sallee says:

    I love to use the quilt as you go method but it has been a while since I made a table runner or quilt with that technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win the new Fast and Furious Home book.

  5. Melissa says:

    I’ve made a handful of QAYG quilts, would love to learn more.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I have not tried the quilt as you go method but am certainly looking forward to trying it. Thanks for taking part and a chance at these wonderful gifts.

  7. Debi Horne says:

    I haven’t tried the QAYG method, I’ve been afraid that I would mess up my blocks. I normally just put it together in the normal fashion, but it sounds easy and I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the give away oppotunity.

    Debi Horne

  8. stevii says:

    I love quilt as you go because when you are done you are done. No unquilted tops laying around!

  9. Mary Ellen says:

    I have not tried the QAYG method, but I do have one of Gudrun’s table runner patterns. I like the idea of sewing/quilting as one. In her new book, I really like the Log Roll Table Runner and the Diamond Charmer Topper. Thank you for the giveaway and joining the celebration.

  10. Linda says:

    Hi, yes I have used QAYG for a bed size quilt and liked it due to limited space in my sewing space. Congrats to Gudrun! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Anya King says:

    I haven’t, but I have been thinking about it lately. I love the affects that I have seen from people who use it.

  12. Teri powers says:

    I have not tried this yet but would love to!

  13. Sandra Timmons says:

    I have not made any quilts as-you-go method. I would be interested in making a quilt this way. It has to be easy and quick to learn. Thank you for your fun blog. You do manage to keep us, your followers, busy with all your activities. Hoping to become one of your winners and to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary for Erla. She is so beautiful as well as talented.

    Sandi Timmons

  14. sharon says:

    I made a quilt as you go (georgia bonsteel??) about 20 years ago.
    It was fairly simple but, life got in the way and I stopped quilting for many years. I really love the table runners and I should make an abundance for thanksgiving and a slivers for christmas.

    thank you for the giveaway

  15. Tiffany says:

    I’ve made one table runner with the Quilt as you Go method. I really enjoyed it, but never made a quilt with it.

  16. Kristal says:

    I haven’t but I am a new quilter and didn’t know you could make such amazing designs :) thx for this opportunity!

  17. Gill says:

    I’ve never tried quilt as you go!
    I love Gudrun’s table topper!

  18. Pauline says:

    Yes- I love using quilt as you go- when I am making very large machine embroidered quilts it works particularly well Love the post and the quilts in the book are lovely

  19. Janet in ND says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Quilt-as-you-Go technique and I purchased GE Designs Braid Runner on a trip to PA. My favorite Fast & Furious book is the Home one and would love to win that or any of Gudrun’s patterns. The Sunburst and Well Rounded patterns would be my first to do in the F & F Home book. Hope I’m lucky!

  20. Angele says:

    I made a table runner a few years back with the quilt as you go method. It was lots of fun and I would love to try some of Gudrun’s patterns. I saw some great things that would fin perfectly on my new kitchen table.

  21. Tina Short says:

    No I havnt done anything QAYG but I have a quilt in mind – about 1/2 way down my ‘to do’ list.

  22. Nami 11 says:

    I have not tried the quilt as you go method, would love to try it some day. Thank you for being a part of the celelbration!

  23. Shawn says:

    No, I have not done a quilt as you go but I sure would like to learn.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  24. Lisa McGriff says:

    I have not made any yet but I am about ready to!


  25. Mary Porath says:

    I have not use GE Designs quilt as you go patterns, but have use others, but I have used some of her ‘stripped’ patterns. I love “Ring Around the Hexies” placemats.

  26. Joy says:

    I haven’t done a quilt but I did a tote bag and really liked the technique. I’ve seen several projects from this book so far that I’d love to try using this method. Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Marjorie Nath says:

    I have only done one quilt as you go and that was years ago. Getting ready for another go at it to make a larger quilt.

  28. lee says:

    I have not made a quilt with the quilt as you go method, but I did a table runner! fabulous! Congrats to Gudrun and thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Margaret says:

    I’ve enjoyed this blog tour very much, sorry it’s at an end. Yes, I made a QAYG table runner some years ago, reversible to boot!, and love the concept – NO pinning. Also a couple of totes, that worked out well. I enjoy different techniques very much.
    . Margaret

  30. Ellie says:

    I did a quilt as you go quilt when I first started quilting about 30years ago but I haven’t used it since. I should try it again because I have seen some new designs that look like fun. It is an advantage to have it all done once it is together!

  31. Lisa Marie says:

    Many years ago I made a tree skirt that was quilt as you go, at least I think so. Now I make potholders that way. I would love to try some of Gudrun’s patterns as they are so pretty!

  32. Vicki H says:

    I haven’t made a quilt using QAYG method. Although I have made 2 mugs with the technique. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats to Gudrun on 10 great years.

  33. Jan says:

    No I haven’t made a quilt with the quilt as you go method. This intrigues me and I’m going to give it a try. Gudrun’s patterns look awesome!

  34. Marie Chat says:

    I have done a strip block on the diagonal that was a quilt as you go. It was fun! I’d love to try it again with some of Gudrun’s new ideas! thanks for the giveaway.

  35. bonnie says:

    have not tried a quilt as you go, but might have to in the future.

  36. Trina says:

    Happy blogaversary!! I haven’t made any quilt-as-you-go quilts *yet* but I have one planned in the not-so-distant future!


  37. Shelley Slocum says:

    I have not but am interested in learning the technique.

  38. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I have never tried to “quilt as you go”, but these patterns are all wonderful – will give it a try and make one of these. Thanks for the give away!

  39. Janet says:

    Yes, I have made perhaps a dozen quilt as you go projects–mostly tablerunners made in a panic mode because I needed a gift in a hurry! Thank you for your blog. I am adding it to my daily morning coffee time!

  40. Gale says:

    My first ever quilt as you go was Gudrun’s Braided runner about 9 years ago. I also took part in the blog tour and made her sweet trimmings wall quilt. I own most of her books and have made several baby quilts, bed runner and tons of placemats using her method. I have not purchased this super book yet, so winning it would be awesome. Gudrun is certainly a talented lady.

  41. Gunda says:

    Never used that , but I like to try it.

  42. Laurie P says:

    I have not made any of Gudrun’s patterns for quilt as you go yet. I did make last fall a quilt as you go minky quilt for my husband. My daughter and step son loved it so much I had to make each of them one too. They love them and use them all the time. What is funny is my daughter is 16 and still loves her blankets that mom makes.

  43. Angelia L. says:

    No I haven’t tried the quilt-as-you-go method yet. I am a new quilter and I can’t wait to try. I have the fabrics needed for a Christmas table runner so now I can get started. Gudruns patterns are just so beautiful and there are several I would love to make…..Which Way, Slivers, Peek a Boo, Diamond Charmer, Birthday Bash. Oh my, I can keep going! Thank you!

  44. barbe price says:

    i’m doing my first qayg now on a Skillbuilders Bom, each block is quilted then sewn together, love it, would love to try Gudrun’s method

  45. lizzie says:

    I did make one of Gudrun’s quilt as you go table runners a few years back and it was so easy and fun! It isn’t one of the patterns you are giving away so it would be fun to try a different one!!

  46. Thunder says:

    I have made two quilts using quilt as you go method. One was a queen size, I made for a friend. The other was for my son. Planning on doing another soon.
    Great give away. I would love to win. :) thanks

  47. Jean Blythe says:

    I love Gudrun’s quilts and fabric. I have done a little QAYG with a couple of table runners. I’m also working on a quilt for my grandson quilting sections and joining them, still in progress!

  48. Bonnie Larson says:

    i love her sense of pattern and style. it is so refreshing. Thanks so much for sharing

  49. Susan S says:

    I love these patterns. I made a couple of QAYG table runners. One was a braid — red/white/blue for summer holidays like July 4th. It was fun to sew and quilt at the same time. Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Frances says:

    Years ago I stitched a quilt as you go quilt. And after looking at her pretty place mats it might be time to try another one.

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