Earlier this month, I shared my love of history and pioneer life and I also told you about the blog tour for Linda Hubalek’s Trail of Thread book series. Today’s my special day on the blog tour.
Please join me in welcoming Linda as she writes about her books and the quilts from her ancestors. Linda’s also giving away an ebook to one of my lucky blog readers. See below for how to enter.
Hello from the Kansas prairie!
I’m pioneer writer Linda Hubalek, roaming the Internetâ€”via my laptopâ€”on a WOW! Book Blog Tour. Because my Trail of Thread book series weaves stories and quilts together, the Quilting Gallery is a perfect stop to tell you a little bit about the series.
I’ve written ten books about pioneers; about women that forged trails and built homesteads during the 1860s to the 1910s. These main characters were my ancestors who decided to make the Kansas frontier their home. A woven mixture of facts and fiction, you’ll be drawn into their pioneer stories.
Quilts and quilting seemed like a perfect theme for the stories of my mother’s side of the family after my mother told me the story behind one special quilt she’s had since she was a teenager.
In 1938 my mother’s great aunt Martha Pieratt gave her a quilt. At that time the quilt was over 100 years old and had been handed down through her mother’s Kennedy family. Doing some research on it while planning my Trail of Thread book series, it turns out to be the Cleveland Tulip pattern and it traveled with Martha’s mother Maggie Kennedy when she moved from Ohio to Kansas in 1858.
So I wove a quilting theme into the titles and the Trail of Thread book series by featuring twelve quilt patterns in each book.
My Trail of Thread book was about my ancestor Deborah Pieratt’s wagon trail journey to the Territory of Kansas in 1854. The second book, Thimble of Soil featured Margaret Ralston Kennedy’s decision to move her family from their safe Ohio home to the unsettling territory in 1855. And the final book in the series, Stitch of Courage, followed Maggie Kennedy Pieratt during her young years as she marries James Monroe Pieratt during the Civil War.
Next Quilting Series by Linda Hubalek
As I work on my fourth series, The Kansas Quilter, I’m taking a closer look at the family quilts that my great grandmother Kizzie Hamman Pieratt made during her ninety-seven years.
I think of the time it took to make each quilt, the preparation, the cutting of the material, the hours sewing the blocks and then quilting all the layers together. And who helped her put them together? What conversations passed across the quilt frame? What was going on in the community, state and world during the construction of that particular quilt?
These are just a few of the questions I’m trying to "stitch" together as I research and write about this pioneer woman that spent so much time making quilts. Please join me in this new "quilting" project by reading my blog and "liking" and following me on Facebook as I post tidbits and photos about Kizzie Pieratt. I think she’s a Kansas pioneer quilter you’d like to meet.
Enter the Give-Away
Want to win one of my ebooks? Please enter my ebook give-away by leaving a comment below, and a randomly picked lucky reader will receive a Kindle version of Stitch of Courage, featuring Maggie Kennedy Pieratt’s story.
Because quilt patterns can have more than one name, please tell me what you’d call the quilt Maggie brought with her (Cleveland Tulip pictured above) as your entry for the ebook drawing. Winner will be chosen next Tuesday. [Facebook friends, please CLICK HERE to enter on the blog post your comment.]
Many thanks from the Kansas prairie for following my trail of books!
Linda K. Hubalek
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