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Monday, February 07, 2011

Free Kindle/Nook E Book, and a Quilt Update!


I love 3 things.

  1. My Kindle
  2. Free Ebooks
  3. Quilting! ((You know this already!))

This morning in my email was a notice for a free e-book that sounds perfectly fine to hit all THREE on my love list today. If you have a Kindle click HERE to download it now from Amazon, but hurry…you never know when these will not be free anymore!

Click HERE for the free download from B&N.

A Time to Love, by Barbara Cameron, the first in her Quilts of Lancaster County series, is free on Kindle and from B&N, courtesy of Abingdon Press.

Book Description
War correspondent Jennie King thinks she’s just a temporary guest in her grandmother’s Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new plan for her. Jennie has emotional and physical scars and though she feels she has come home to this man and this place, she's not sure she can bridge the difference between their worlds.

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It was SUCH a great weekend to stay in and sew, and I got so SEW so much done! After Half Time ((Which I must say was the worst half time show I have ever seen---Or that must just mean that I am “officially” old now?)) I finished the quilting on the Little Monkey Quilt! Oh oh oh, it turned out so cute!

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And yes, I can see why so many people LIKE making small quilts. Instant gratification, and the ability to try many different patterns and variations in layouts and colors and….quick fix! I don’t think this will cure my love of BIG quilts, but it was sure fun to throw this together and have it done in a day. All that remains now is the binding.

I took pictures of the different quadrants so you can check out the fun mis-matched fabrics in each block! You can click the slide show to view them closer. I went as silly as I could while making these. They are fun to look at! For instance we have things like recycled plaids sewn next to batiks…novelties sewn to civil wars, etc. It was all about COLOR and DIFFERENCE. Hopefully it will be fun for the baby to look at ((And wonder about her crazy Auntie Bonnie)) as she grows.

And yes, I stuck with the name that was on that cute fabric! The first Monkey Fabric that I tried for sashings, but rejected. I could use that for a label, right? It’s just too cute!

I make baby quilts BIG too. This one is about 50” square, which will be great for floor play time, and for snuggling under even up to 7 or 8 years old and beyond.

So what’s in store for the binding? About as far away from mint green as I can get! LOL! ORANGE of course! If I have learned one thing ((Or learned it more than once)) Is that Auntie Bonnie needs to follow her own muse and do what the quilt needs. It just NEEDS Orange, don’t you think?

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Happy Quilt, indeed!

It’s another full day in Quiltville. I’m actually running errands this morning, and meeting up with my friend Jen for lunch, and then back at it again here at home.

Tomorrow? Dentist. ((oh fun! I’ve got a molar that is zinging me and needs to be seen to!))

Wednesday? Lisa is coming to SEW! WHooot! ((I guess this means I need to put all this fabric away so there is room for her and Shelby-Girl))

And that is as far as I am thinking for this week!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

53 comments:

Mommarock said...

Oooh it sounds like a wonderful book.. and what could be better than FREE?? Whooo hoo. I downloaded it. Yippeee.. Thank you Bonnie Bright!

Carol Sc said...

I have to admit, I was a little concerned about how this baby quilt was going to turn out, when I was viewing your various "trys" --- hurray! ---you made perfect choices. The border fabric is wonderful with all the variety in the blocks and, yes, orange!!! Love it!

Betty said...

How do you manage to wake up so cheerful? I need lessons, lol! I suppose looking at that happy baby quilt could be part of the reason. Yes, it is just begging for that orange binding. I just love making baby quilts, they definitely are instant gratification! When I don't have anyone specific to make them for, I donate to Project Linus.

Cheryl said...

Love love love it! thanks for sharing the process with us, I learned so much. What a difference the sashing choice made. It really goes to show, that in the end the quilt makes the decisions.....if you are listening that is. And a good thing you were....as cute as that monkey fabric is, it just wasn't right for this quilt.
I think the orange binding will be perfect.

JCnNC said...

What a wonderful Bonnie quilt - only the best and of course orange works like no other color.

My question is this - of all of us that actually sat and watched the half-time show, were we really hoping it was going to get better? or was it so off the mark that we were dumb founded? Half-time shows are certainly not what they use to be and I really do not think age has anything to do with it. I could have kicked myself for having taken the time to see it. I could have been somewhere else doing something I love. I did, however, enjoy some of the commercials and find that weird.

Impera_Magna said...

Orange is perfect for the binding... love it!

Don't have an e-reader yet... but as much time as I spend in dr's waiting rooms, I might want to consider it...

Shana said...

Yes! The orange is perfect!!

JVC_Scout_Mom said...

How do you find the free books? I have a NOOK, and it wasn't listed in the 'free nook book' section on BN.

And, orange is perfect!

Quilt Hollow said...

Perfect!

Dorothy Thornton said...

I think the orange is perfect. I like the fact that the quilt is bigger than a normal baby quilt so that they can continue to use it.

Marsha said...

I love the orange for binding, it will compliment the colors in the quilt! Baby quilts should be colorful and interesting to stimulate the baby and this on is perfect!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Bonnie,

It's been so much fun watching your creative process on this quilt. And thank you for the slide show with the close up views of all the different fabrics in those blocks. That's one of the things I love about your books. For each quilt there has always been at least one close up shot that allows us to see the variety of prints and also your quilting. That has really helped me to loosen up my fabric choices. For example, actually getting to see, up close and personal, the many very different neutrals you use.

--C.B.

TheaM said...

I agree, Bonnie, that halftime show was dreadful, and Christina muffed the national anthem, even! ... and as a Steeler fan, I'm in mourning... but thanks for that cheerful little quilt! the orange is a perfect binding 8-)

Pat said...

What service do you use to find free Kindle books? I use Ereader.com, but don't remember seeing this book. Of course I "ordered" it immediately!! Through ereader, I've gotten hooked on the whole "Amish genre" of books out there.

Kay said...

I'm glad that you listened to the quilt. Love the orange.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I can't believe you got this quilt done so fast. I love it. It is so much fun to look at. I'd download the book, but, I don't have a kindle. Maybe I'll just have to find a paper copy. It sounds really good.

Janet said...

Love the quilt! Of course it should have an orange binding, what else should it have? lol This will be an entertained baby.

Tonya Ricucci said...

this quilt turned out sooo cute! woohoo for getting to play.

WhiteStone said...

Ohhh, I LUV how the Little Monkey Quilt turned out. Perfect border!

Laurel said...

Bonnie, I hated the half time show, too! I was with a room full of people who all graduated the same year ('78) and only the ones with teenagers even recognized the songs (other than Sweet Child of Mine, which created quite a discussion as none of us could remember who originally sang that song until we Googled it). I guess I'm getting pretty old, too. I didn't even care for the visual part of the halftime show -- too much black/white/metalic for my taste.

Debbie Lou said...

Love your baby quilt, Bonnie! Your choice for border fabric makes it so much fun and the orange will make a statement. Thanks for sharing your decision process. Have a great day!

LintLady said...

Hi Bonnie,
I just love the fabrics you chose to use. Very very nice.
xxx Doris

Karen said...

Great choices on this quilt, and I love the orange binding. Not normally a fan, but it looks perfect!

QuilterMary said...

THANKS for the link for the free e-book. NOOK girl here! Ditto on the 1/2 time show - it was a disappointment and I'm with you on the "age" thing.

Heather said...

Bonnie, I think you did a fabulous job nudging this quilt to make it come together. What did you choose for the backing fabric? We usually get to see the underside of your creations!

Shirley said...

I love the orange for the binding! I too, make my baby quilts large...in fact my niece is still using her baby quilt I made her 21 years ago as a lap quilt.

I agree about the half time show.....not my cup of tea! LOL!!!!

Judi said...

Thanks so much for the book information!

Vivian said...

Thanks for the heads up on the book! I got an Ereader for Xmas and have borrowed ebooks from my library but those are time limited. Love a freebie for keepsie!

And you have just enough orange in a few of the blocks and the border fabric for the binding to give the quilt "zing!" without being overwhelming. That's one lucky kid!

Stray Stitches said...

I have a sony ereader so can't take advantage of the free download but will look up her book elsewhere. Fantastic quilt!!

Quiet Quilter said...

Such an orange idea! Lovely quilt.

Deb said...

I too love the orange. In fact, makes me want to BUY some, as I dont have that much in my stash!
I just did that block in civil war fabrics,(lap) and loved it, and just cut one up for a queen. now I really like the baby one, (and I need one of those too) so maybe will do another.....Thanks for the inspiration, and how you worked it out. Sometimes it is really hard to figure out "why" you dont like something...

Quilter Kathy said...

It's a fabulous Bonnie Baby Quilt! The orange is a perfect binding!
I finally finished piecing my Cathedral Stars and posted it today on my blog!

snowlady said...

Love that quilt. Beautiful and bright! The orange you chose would have been pretty too.
Thanks for the heads-up about the free ebook. I jumped over to barnes and noble and downloaded my free copy. Just can't wait to start reading it.

Karen said...

The baby quilt is wonderful. And you're right, you need to follow what you feel is right for the quilt. Thanks for the tip on the free book. I was still able to get it.

Becky said...

Thanks so much for the link to the free Nook Book!!! I received my e-reader for Christmas and am loving it. How did you know about this free book? I'd like to sign up for the e-mails, too. Love the border fabric on your baby quilt. Orange will make the quilt zing!

Joan S said...

Thank you so much, Bonnie, for mentioning the free book at Amazon. I immediately went there and downloaded it - and five more free ones! And I thoroughly agree with you about the half-time show - whatever happened to music, real music!

Joan S

moosestashquilting said...

Cool I downloaded the book on my Nook. I love my color Nook. I subscribe electronically to quilt magazines, and read them at will now. It's very cool. Thanks for the freebie alert!! :-)

PeggyinNO said...

Love the name of the quilt!! I secretly wanted you to use that fabric somewhere, but knew also, it didn't quite fit :-( And of course, the binding HAS to be ORANGE!!! Perfect choice! Great quilt and loved seeing it in progress. You're the best!

Alma said...

free hand quilting or pantogram? It looks fabulous!

The Cozy Quilter said...

That baby quilt is screaming for orange binding! It will look great!

Gail said...

I haven't made the switch to a Kindle or Nook yet. I still like holding a "real" book in my hands even though my curiosity has been peeked by the ebook readers.

I love the baby quilt--I know that the baby and her parents will love it too. I've got the same quilting pattern on one of my quilts.

Gail :)

Kathy said...

I love the orange binding, and the whole quilt is just wonderful! Now I need to add scrappy monkey wrench blocks to my to-do list.

I agree with you on the half-time show, and my teenager wasn't impressed either, so I don't think it is an age thing! The dancers were pretty good, but that's about all. The whole state of Wisconsin is on cloud nine today, though! Packers fans are the most over-the-top fans I've ever seen!

Annette said...

I love your baby quilt. And the orange binding, I think I need to add some orange to my stash.

katie z. said...

The border fabric is great!

Lizzy said...

Just love the little baby quilt, and I, too, have a love of big quilts. Perhaps it is to do with small ones not covering our loooong limbs!! And thanks for the link to Amazon for the free eBook, I'll be looking for something to read in a few days!
cheers from Down Under

4dreamsr said...

Hubby was watching game. I was gonna watch halftime. Think I could have put on a better show. Turned it off real quick.

Love the baby quilt. Congrats on the new baby in family.

Don't have a reader, but went to B&N & downloaded PC reader & book. HOW KEWL! I got a new addiction.

OH, the orange is fab!

Claudia said...

I love it! That orange is the perfect binding for the quilt!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Looks fabulous. You made great choices.

Helen in the UK said...

The quilt is wonderful - orange was a great choice for the binding!
Boo hoo - only those in the US can get the ebook free. Have added it to my 'one day wishlist' though :)

Stacy (S.E.W.Butterfly) said...

I just got my copy...can't wait to check it out!

Beth said...

The baby quilt is just fantastic. I so admire your approach to using fabrics. I am a bit timid, but I am trying to be more bold.

I agree about the half time show. Would have been better without any vocals. The dancers were fun to watch.

Pat said...

Downloaded the book & read it yesterday. Very good. Thanks for the recommendation!

debbie said...

Bonnie, I adore this little quilt. When my son was born our vet said he looked like a little monkey. She meant it in the kindest way...and he did. He was fine featured and had the blackest eyes. When he was older the neighbors kids called him monkey boy because he was so good at climbing trees (taught by his expert mom). I can't wait for my desktop computer to be up and running again so I can download your latest tutorial and the nifty chart too! Thanks so much

Also a big thanks for the info on the free Kindle book. I have an iPad (b-day present from MR) and I am so inept with this new technology...but because of your post I was forced to learn something new today ;~) !!! I downloaded the app and the book. I had the choice of Kindle or Nook, but B&N wanted me to register a credit card and I declined that. Thanks and HUGS!