Quilting workshop in Iceland with Gudrun Erla and Icelandic quilters

“Katie” quilt pattern

Gudrun teaching the quilting workshop

Mary and I with our quilting buddies, Carolyn and Barb, took a bus tour of Iceland with quilter Gudrun Erla as our tour guide.  Gudrun was born in Iceland so she was a great tour guide.  As part of our tour we stopped at a textile museum and gallery and a wool shop.  On our last day in Reykjavik, Gudrun gave a quilting workshop with about 28 women on our tour and 14 Icelandic quilters.  The Icelandic quilters brought their sewing machines and supplies to the class so that we could work together to make 2 different quilt blocks.  We used 2 of Gudrun’s patterns to make

“Kira” quilt pattern

the blocks: Kira quilt pattern and Katie quilt pattern.  Check out Gudrun’s website for more quilt patterns, books, and tools – GE Designs (www.gequiltdesigns.com).   After the class, we had a show n tell with quilts made by our new Icelandic quilter friends and the American quilters on our trip.  I brought a small table runner for show n tell (one of Gudrun’s patterns – Peek a Boo).

Icelandic quilter shares her quilt

It was fun to hear the stories behind the quilts.  Fabric is very expensive in Iceland and there are very few places to buy fabric so they have to order through the internet.

Icelandic quilter (Anna) shares her quilt

Gifts from our Icelandic quilter buddies (Anna and Steinunn)

The American quilters on our bus tour bought gifts of fabric to give the Icelandic quilters who we were paired with during the workshop. We received handmade gifts from our Icelandic quilter buddies.

Icelandic quilter (Steinunn) shares her quilt

At the end of the class we had a dinner with the Icelandic quilters.  Now we have some new quilting friends on Facebook.  We had a wonderful day meeting new friends and quilting together. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

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