Sunday, February 27, 2011

Free Kindle/Nook Book & Star Struck Workshop!

I just downloaded this for my trip home from Germany on Tuesday.... I don’t know how long it will be free so you might want to hurry and get this one!

Whisper on the Wind, by Maureen Lang, is free courtesy of , from both Amazon and B&N.
Book Description:
In Brussels at the height of WWI, a small, underground newspaper is the only thing offering the occupied city hope—and real news of the war. The paper may be a small whisper amid the shouts of the German army, but Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print. Meanwhile, Isa Lassone, a Belgian-American socialite whose parents whisked her to safety at the start of the war, sneaks back into the country to rescue those dearest to her: Edward and his mother. But Edward refuses to go, and soon Isa is drawn into his secret life printing the newspaper . . . And into his heart.
Click HERE for the free download from B&N.

I think I’m going to have to skip around and not do these workshop posts chronologically…..I think it would be easier if I just dug in and showed you where I was today as a place to start!


Here I am with Uschi, who owns “Nadel und Faden” in the oldest section of Stuttgart! Today was our Star Struck workshop, and I was just in awe at the wonderful buildings down this street! See that round window behind us? The building was in use in the 1700s (maybe earlier) and it was originally a vinegar distillery! the round window was a doorway/gate, and the horse pulled wagons would pull in through this opening to load/unload their wares. There is an identical archway at the back of the building that mirrors the one on the front so they could go in one end and out the other. Isn’t it fabulous?


And here is Uschi and Elke doing their best to pin up my quilts on the walls! Quilter’s gymnastics, right? She had very tall walls and we were able to pin up both display quilts, and drape the extras over the banisters….


Never let it be said that Quilters go hungry in Germany! Elke also made this scrumptious cheese cake! Doesn’t it look great?


It didn’t take us long to go to THIS! I don’t think there was even much left to take home by the end of the day, it was so good! What I really love about the food here is it is not OVERLY sweet. In the USA…things are sweetened so much that you can’t taste the other ingredients. And that goes for EVERYTHING from cake to cookies to chocolate to even juices. Remove some of that fake sweetness, and you have so much more FLAVOR!


Nut Bread! YUM!! There is a glaze on this, but not too much, and the inside was loaded with cinnamon and nuts….so VERY tasty!

Would you like a tour of Uschi’s shop and see the workshop? Click the photo album below.. ((In other words, it’s way past midnight, and I don’t have time to post them all individually!))

We were also very lucky to have Birgit Kaller of Patchwork Gilde with us today! We were working on an article for a September issue, so be looking for it, those of you in Europe who can get this Magazine!

There are MORE photos of the old area of Stuttgart, I just have to take the time to edit them all down, so that might be what happens during airport layovers on my long journey home….

Tomorrow is my last workshop with the Black Forest Quilters….it’s the Love Shack workshop, and we are going to have a lot of improvisational Crumb-Fun!

ALSO! Barb posted a really sweet post about my visit to Texas! The crazy woman even posted me on youtube! I honestly never thought I talked so FAST!! Must work on that.. :cD Anyway, go give her a peek and tell her I said hello and THANKS for the great shout out!


  1. Hello from South Carolina! I read my friends blog from Germany and found out that she is going to be in your class tomorrow, how fun. Her name is Frauke, say hello to her for me.
    Her post is here http://quilthexle.blogspot.com/
    Sounds like you are having a great visit, can hardly wait to see the rest of your pictures when you get back home.

  2. You sound like your having a wonderful time! I love the store front.... and to think it has been around since the 1700's. That cheesecake looks REALLY good! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

    Debbie K

  3. Hugs to you Bonnie from Canada! It's so great that you are half way around the world and we can see the photos of your Starstruck workshop. How did we survive without the Internet?

    Love the variety of colours used by the ladies in the class. Thank you for sharing the eye candy.

    And I was thankful to view the video on YouTube because from what I understand you can't come across the Canadian border with your quilts so that might be the closest I ever get to attending one of your workshops. And don't ever apologize for talking fast. I loved your energy and enthusiasm! You go girl!

    BTW, how do you stay so trim with all those cheesecake and goodies ??

    Enjoy your last day in Germany and have a safe and relaxing trip home. Oh yeah...thanks for the heads up about the free book. I just downloaded it onto my kindle too!

    Mavis in Victoria, BC

  4. Anonymous9:54 PM EST

    What fun to get a shout out from YOU in YOUR blog! So glad all your fans are enjoying you on YouTube. I've received some fun comments today. Thanks, Bonnie! We MUST get together the next time you are in Texas. Safe travels back to the States on Tues! Hugs, Barb

  5. I just started the last book that you recommended and as soon as I saw your post and went and grabbed my kindle and set up to download this one too.
    It looks like you are have a fabulous time I am so envious!

  6. Wow! Will Elke share that cheesecake recipe? It looks so dense and creamy and HUGE! Just about the best looking cheesecake I've EVER seen!

    Looks like you're having a wonderful time - thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  7. So glad you are having a great time in Stuttgart! And you are right about the sweetness of things...
    Wishing you a safe and pleasant flight - I already made it back to the US and am off to work here in a few minutes.

  8. Bonnie, thanks for the heads up about the free Kindle downloads. I've read every one you've posted about. How do YOU find out about them?

  9. Anonymous9:36 AM EST

    Boy Bonnie, am I with you on the USA sugar thing.... really don't these kids know that the reason the HEAVY sugar was originally put on baked goods was to encase them in an air tight shell so that they would last a week on the shelf. Now that we are all so fat we only want really good baked goods, not fake bake goods.

    As always enjoy the pictures......

  10. Has anyone tried downloading the free books from Smashwords? I think you need to download to your computer first, then trasfer to your reader via a USB cable.

  11. Would love to know the recipe for the cheesecake seeing that it's not baked in a springform pan!

  12. Bonnie, you had me going...I just knew Isa was running back in to rescue her QUILTS! Safe journey home. Sandi

  13. All the blocks and the colors look so good (as does the cake...) ; I'm happy I met you on Friday, and it was fun to watch the video on Barb's blog ! Ever since I've come back home I've sewed crumbs together and cut scraps (I keep finding more and more !).
    Thank you again for all your inspiration, your generosity in sharing all your quilting knowledge and experience with all of us.

  14. Now listen here, Bonnie...you need me to go along and set up your quilts and hang them and carry luggage...just so long as I can see Germany!! Heaven!!

  15. I really enjoyed the YouTube videos - felt very inspired afterwards plus there is a lot of truth in what you had to say, especially about the cost of throwing away scraps. Now I have a question for you - totally going of course here - how do you stay so slim when you're surrounded by the very best (and higly fattening) foods. Share your secret please as I find when I go on retreats I overeat.

  16. WOW! All the way across the world I and see fabric that I own over there! Way too cool.
    And I like how those FQ's are standing like little chimmneys.
    Have a safe trip home.
    I have my Brown Pineapple back from Mary. She did feathers! It is soooo beautiful!

  17. I wanted to thank you for sharing the free books. It sounds like your trip has been terrific, have a safe trip home.

  18. I really enjoyed your slideshow. The stores and fountains are so nice, and very clean.... Be safe and have a good relaxing morning in your jammies.

  19. What fun. That cheesecake definitely caught my attention. Huge!



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