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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


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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

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

  11. 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…!

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. …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!!!

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

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

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

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

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

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