About Gudren Erla and GE Designs
Gudrun Erla, the designer, and owner of GE Designs was born and raised in Iceland.
She started quilting at the age of 23. After owning and running quilt shops in her home country and designing patterns alongside it, quilting brought her to Minnesota in 2003. Since then, Gudrun has been designing full time, publishing patterns and books from her home office in Chaska, MN.
Gudrun loves to take traditional ideas and put a little bit of a modern spin on them. Her “quilt as you go” as well as patterns for pre-cuts have been immensely popular, with easy-to-follow instructions and quick assembly and finishing. All her patterns are geared toward today’s quiltmakers, easy and innovative with a modern touch. She has published patterns and books on strip quilts for years and designed the bestselling Stripology rulers with Creative Grids.
Gudrun has written 21 books, along with herself published books, she has written for Martingale, C & T, Kansas City Star and Leisure Arts. Her patterns have been published in all the major magazines such as American Patchwork and Quilting, Quiltmaker, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and Quilty. She has taped educational classes with both Craftsy and Craft University.
Gudrun travels to teach and lecture both nationally and internationally, year-round and escorts quilting tours to Iceland and other destinations.
"We are always delighted when Gudrun releases a new product whether it is a New Pattern, Book or Creative Grids Ruler as we know it's going to be a fantastic product, and one that makes our fabulous crafting industry all that more enjoyable and exciting," said Mike Newman of Everything Fabric