What a fun blog day it was yesterday. Carrie really outdid herself and made me blush! She even spilled the beans on some personal things ha ha ha. Like the fact that Gudrun Erla is my "Stage Name". Well, it is just my first and middle name but I like to say that it is my stage name:) Especially now that Carrie said it sounds like a Bond girl name. I'm gonna flaunt it. She also revealed that I have a son in College! Yes, it does give you a clue about my age and I am totally ok with that. Although I really appreciate the comment from a reader who said I must have been 10 years old when I had him. He's a great kid, getting ready to start his 3rd year of college and doing so great. I can't be anything other than proud of being his "Mamma".....although I have been known to introduce him as my little brother in certain situations:) A girl's gotta have some mystery sometimes right. Especially if she is a Bond girl!
On to business...
The winner of the Big Blocks - Big Style book here on this blog was....
"It depends on the pattern for me. I have made one of my favorite patterns 4 times but others its just a one and done."
Congratulations Jessie and I hope some of the quilts in the book become favorites, I will be in touch for your snail mail address.
Keep adding comments to Carries blog. We will draw those winners later and announce them all at the end of the hop.
Today's guest blogger is none other than Jodie Davis who is blogging from her It's a Rubber Duckie World. If you don't recognize her name from the multiple books she has authored, I am sure you would recognize her face from all of the quilting shows she has done on QNNTV.com and recently went "Big Time" on HSN!! How cool is that.
I first got to know Jodie back in 2007 when I flew to Atlanta to tape a couple of episodes for QNN. She is a ball of energy and we always have so much fun. This picture above is from when she and Mark Lipinski came to my house in 2010 and raided my studio:) What a fun day that was. We spent the whole morning taping, talking, laughing, eating and even dancing!
We have done some more tapings together at quilt market and again, we just can't stop laughing and playing! I had a little fun doing screenshots of one of the tapings. These cracked me up.
OMG! I can't believe I am even putting this on the world wide web! I hope Jodie forgives me....and I hope you have a chuckle or two!
Jodie is giving away a book and two of the patterns I taught in that first taping so hop on over to Miss Rubber Duckie and put your comment in:)
This was the first book I ever did with a publisher. When I started discussing the concept of the book with my editor, he told me that we had to include some of my history, growing up in Iceland and how I ended up in this quilting world. Thinking back to my childhood there was definitely something that stood out to me right away. My earliest memories of any gatherings of friends and relatives or any conversations within the family, whether they were any day stuff or major political discussions, all involved the dining table or the kitchen table. I knew right away that I wanted to write a book filled with quilts that you can top your table with, to tie that together with my history. Along with the table projects, I included some of my favorite recipes, both classic recipes from my mom and grandmothers and others from my own kitchen.
The book is broken into 4 chapters; Pieced Projects, Holiday Projects, Quilt As You Go Projects and Leftover Projects. Here is a project sample from each chapter:
Countdown Runner (Quilt As You Go)
Do those leftovers look familiar? Remember this:
Yes! When I was done with this quilt I had the little leftovers from the Jelly Roll strips that were just too pretty to toss and they all coordinated so I had to do something with them.
You see, I have a thing with leftovers. It's a love - hate relationship. And that both goes for fabric and food. Sometimes they are just the greatest thing and can satisfy you to no end when they become either a little project or a meal. But if I put them away....they are lost forever and do nothing but clog up your sewing area or your refridgerator! Am I right?
This is why I tend to have little bonus projects in my books and patterns, ideas on what you can do with your leftovers. The only reason for that is because those leftovers were sitting on my table, screaming at me until I did something with them. So I like to share ideas, just in case your leftovers start talking to you too.
To have a chance to win this book, just make sure to leave me a comment and tell me if you even like when I add those leftover project ideas to my books. Do you save your leftovers, store them, donate or toss them (gasp!)?