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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 week! The Kansas Quilter series starts with my ancestor's decision to leave their rented Kansas farm to move to the Indian Territory in 1902 (before Oklahoma became a state). Although the story line is fiction, I worked in facts and family photos as Kizzie prepares for their wagon trip. Some of the many quilts Kizzie made are woven into the story and I have photos of them too.

I wonder what she would have thought of her quilts being featured in a book. Like most women, she probably be proud of some of her quilts, and wished I had left others out! But all these quilts are special to me, first when they kept me warm on winter nights as a child, and now as I write about them 50 years later.

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Comment by Cheryl A on April 11, 2014 at 6:47pm
Congrats on getting your book finished and in print. Your Great Grandmother had a very interesting name.
Comment by Linda Hubalek on April 11, 2014 at 1:43pm

Thanks everyone! It was a long time getting this first book of the series out, but "life" just happens that way sometimes.

My great grandmother's name was Keziah Phoebe, but she went by Kizzie. She's been gone since 1971, but she (and her homestead) made a lasting impression on me.

Please do enjoy the book!

Comment by Lori on April 11, 2014 at 1:13am

Congratulations. I too love the name Kizzie.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on April 10, 2014 at 6:07pm

Wonderful news..... can't wait to find it and read all about your family. I have read some of your others and really enjoyed them very much!


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Comment by Barb/WI on April 9, 2014 at 7:07pm

Congratulations on your newest book release.  Grandma Kizzie would be thrilled and so proud!

Comment by Donna Sykes on April 9, 2014 at 2:23pm

Linda, congratulations on your new book. How exciting. Your family history has been preserved and will be enjoyed by many.

Comment by Pam/NY on April 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Kizzie (love that name) and all of your family would be very proud of the books you have written! Congrats on the latest release!

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