Need quilting stories, memories, tips, wisdom for next book series

I'm working on my next book series so would appreciate any memories of your quilting ancestors and their quilts that you wouldn't mind me "weaving" into the story lines. (I'd rewrite it into my own words.)

The time frame for the "Kansas Quilter" is 1874 to 1924, based on the life and quilts of my great grandmother Kizzie Pieratt. Since I need to expand the story in general, I'll add bits of wisdom, old-fashioned quilt tips, and memories.

If you'd like to see what book series I've written in the past, please go to my website at and look around. The Trail of Thread book series was inspired by a Cleveland Tulip quilt brought by family from Ohio to Kansas in approx. the 1850s.

Thanks for your help, and happy quilting in 2012!

Linda Hubalek

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I have read 5 of your books in the last week. My husbands family traveled the same route settling in Pratt Kansas. As the same people in the Butter in the well series. I have really enjoyed your books and still am.

My Mother also has family that also settled in Kansas coming from Indiana to Independence. Her Great Grandfather was a stone mason that settled in Independence Kanses and he and his son layed brick in Coffeyville, building many of the buildings in Coffeyville. He was also in the Coffeyville Bank when it was robbed buy the Daltons.

He was James Henry Brewster. He built a mansion near Independence that still stood about 10 years ago. haven't been there to see if it is still there today.

  Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your books.

                          Debbie Barnett Bass

                         PS. We have a Samuel Barnett in the Family Aslo from Kentucky

HI Debbie,

Thanks for the note. I'm so glad you've been reading my books and have enjoyed them. You'll soon be caught up with my writing!

Have you been reading them by paperback, nook or kindle?

I've been in Coffeyville a few times, so probably went right past your ancestor's work. We never know what connection we have with other's do we.

Thanks, and keep reading! Please let me know which series you liked the best- and which style of writing too.



I have a kindle. So far I like the Butter in the well series the best.


Hi Debbie, That's my favorite series too- probably because I grew up that farm. The Quilting Gallery just posted one of my guest posts that has the "Butter in the Well" house featured- so you might like to look at it.

Enjoy the rest of my books too!


Hi Linda.  My grandmother, Annie Forbush, was an avid quilter.   All by hand of course.  She worked for a time in a shirt factory in Baltimore, Md. as did many women at that time.  There were few opportunities for women to work and times were extremely tight in those days.  Many of the women, including my grandmother, would bring home the tiny scraps of fabric and make quilts.  This was from necessity.  I have several unquilted tops made from this fabric.  They are so ugly but that is their charm.  I also have several other quilt tops that were made from feed sacks by her and my great-grandmother, Catherine Rogers.  Women of that time period lived through the depression and they new how to make something from nothing. 


Hi Linda, my great grandmother loved to sew.  She make clothing and quilts.  The quilts were made out of necessity as a child.  Her family traveled west to Idaho and lived in a one room cabin.  The nights were very cold.  She made many quilts by hand out of old clothing a feeds sacks.  She only told me stories and showed me old pictures of her family home where you could see the quilts on the straw beds.  As she became older she had a singer treadle and then an electric singer machine.  I would help her tie quilts.  She would make the tops out of whatever fabric she had.  They would be stuffed with a blanket and then old sheets or muslin on the back.  She would sew straitline stitching to hold them together.  Her quilts were not pretty but functional.


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