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20 years & Kindle Unlimited

Dear Readers,

Thanks so much for your continual support of my writing. It’s been twenty years since I started Butterfield Books Inc., and I appreciate your support over two decades!

I have two series in the works right now that I want to tell you about.

Tying the Knot, the first book in the Kansas Quilter Series is already available, and there will be two more books in it. It’s about my great grandmother and her quilts.…


Added by Linda Hubalek on July 31, 2014 at 9:29am — 2 Comments

Tying the Knot is done!

I wrote in my diary on April 24, 1982 that I wanted to write a book about my great grandmother Kizzie Pieratt and the many quilts she made. Although that idea started my writing career, I didn't get around to starting on Kizzie's book until 2003. Then other things in life took priority...

Now I'm proud to say the first book in my great grandmother's story Tying the Knot is finally out this…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 9, 2014 at 10:42am — 8 Comments

Looking Back, Again

My book, Looking Back just became available as a downloadable audio book on Audible.com. I wrote this book in 1994 and it is the fourth book in the Butter in the Well series. The story is about the Swedish immigrant woman that…


Added by Linda Hubalek on February 25, 2014 at 7:55am — 3 Comments

Audio book contest AND I need book reviewers

Hello from snowy Kansas! We could get up to a foot of snow before this storm is over, but I’m staying warm and cozy in my office today. Luckily the electricity is still on and I’m typing away, while watching the snowy scene just outside my window.

I have three bird feeders right outside my office window. I took…


Added by Linda Hubalek on February 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

YouTube View of Stitch of Courage

Heather Farrar, the narrator of my Civil War woman's book, Stitch of Courage, put together a video that shows photos of the quilts my great grandmother made, along with narrative of the book. Enjoy!

Stitch of Courage video

Added by Linda Hubalek on January 16, 2014 at 11:39am — 7 Comments

Giveaway of my audio book of Stitch of Courage

Win a free audio book of Stitch of Courage: A Woman's Fight for Freedom by me, Linda K. Hubalek. 

My books are now available as Audio books on Amazon's Audible and…


Added by Linda Hubalek on January 7, 2014 at 10:58am — 4 Comments

Pioneer Photos on Pinterest

I have a plastic tub full of family photos with dates starting around  the 1880s. The Swedish photographer B.G. Gröndal moved to Lindsborg, Kansas  in 1887 to set up a studio, and took family portraits for almost 60 years.

I know the people in most…


Added by Linda Hubalek on August 14, 2013 at 10:16am — 13 Comments

Millfest Quilt Show

I’m putting together a quilt show that will be open to the public at the Millfest Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, from May 3-5, 2013.

School groups from around the area come in on Friday to have some hands-on learning about pioneer history.

Later on Friday afternoon, MaryJane’s Sisterhood “Farmgirls on the Loose”…

Added by Linda Hubalek on April 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day was established in 1991 by the National Quilting Association. Officially, National Quilting Day is the third Saturday in March (March 16th this year). Unofficially, the celebration has expanded to the entire month.

The theme for 2013 is “Celebrate America”, which coordinates with the show theme for the 44th Annual National…


Added by Linda Hubalek on March 14, 2013 at 10:05am — 5 Comments

A Cat and Three Quilts

Lilac Lane Patterns had me as a guest blogger today about my quilts. (Here’s the story below, but go to their website to see all the photos of the quilts I talk about.)

What’s on my bed? Gray Cat, my 10 year…

Added by Linda Hubalek on February 15, 2013 at 12:19pm — 3 Comments

Review from Melissa's Lilac Lane Blog

(I thought you'd enjoy this review by Melissa Stramel, a quilt and doll clothes pattern designer, and author from Kansas. Enjoy her Etsy Site too!)

Linda K. Hubalek’s second book in the …


Added by Linda Hubalek on January 10, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

Ready to Start Christmas

I know I’m behind in Christmas decorating, shopping and my annual holiday letter- compared to everyone else around my neighborhood. Most people put up their house lights and their tree right after Thanksgiving, and will take them down right after Christmas.

But growing up in a Swedish community meant that the Christmas season was from Dec. 13, which is St. Lucia’s Day, to January 13, St. Knut’s Day, when you take down your Christmas tree. And I still stick to this time frame because…


Added by Linda Hubalek on December 13, 2012 at 8:34am — 6 Comments

Butter in the Well Celebrates its 20th Anniversary during Family History Month

Butterfield Books Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek’s Butter in the Well book by releasing updated versions of all her books during Family History Month.

Lindsborg, Kansas (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Butterfield Books Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Linda Hubalek’s Butter in the Well…


Added by Linda Hubalek on October 25, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

White Dresses and Country Roads

I recently went through old photos of our family homestead to find new photos to revamp my book covers. (It’s been twenty years since I wrote Butter in the Well, my first book…so I thought it was time for updates.) Because these books are about the farm where I grew up, I looked for scenes with…


Added by Linda Hubalek on October 19, 2012 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

A scrap of fabric and an 1881 photo

I remember the thrill of seeing the final cover design of my first book, Butter in the Well back in 1992. Back…


Added by Linda Hubalek on October 3, 2012 at 9:43am — 5 Comments

Making Cakes from Scratch

Today is my mom’s 88thbirthday so I made her favorite dessert, an angel food cake to enjoy for her celebration this evening. I just added a cup of water to a packet of dry mix out of a box, turn on the mixer for a minute, put the whipped mixture in a tube pan and slid it into the electric oven.

Then I thought of the old recipes I came across while researching my recipe book, …


Added by Linda Hubalek on May 16, 2012 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Happy 160th Birthday to Singers

I just read an article about the 160th anniversary of the Singer sewing machines. Sewing machines had been around for a while, but in 1852 Isaac Merritt Singer adapted an existing machine with changes that made it practical for home use.

Mr. Singer’s new sewing machine design was unveiled at the 1855 World’s Fair in Paris. Singer also introduced…


Added by Linda Hubalek on May 9, 2012 at 9:18am — 6 Comments

Yellow Iris guarding the Cemetery

Our early and mild spring weather has given us beautiful flowers this year. My back patio is a fragrant experience with roses and iris blooming right now.

When my yellow iris shows it first bloom, I think of the old cemetery that is on the top hill of one of our family’s pasture. There hasn’t been anyone buried there for decades, but years ago someone planted…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 26, 2012 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

Sobering Thoughts on Past Tornadoes

Kansas made the news this last Saturday with over 100 tornadoes spotted on the ground or by radar. The approaching bad weather—thanks to modern technology—was forecasted both well in advance and during the tornado outbreaks.

We knew exactly when to go to our tornado shelter because of the radio announcer’s commentary on the paths of the three tornadoes…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 19, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

Plastering Dugout Walls

We’re in the process of building our own house, doing almost all of the work ourselves. This week I’ve been pounding in nails on wall edging, and taping and mudding sheet rock. My finger joints and wrists feel like they could break off as they are so tired and sore.

But then I think of this diary entry from Butter in the Well

April 25,…


Added by Linda Hubalek on April 11, 2012 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

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