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Prairie Thoughts from a Pioneer Writer

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I write books about pioneer women (mostly my ancestors) that homesteaded Kansas during the 1800s. My "Trail of Thread" book series talks about quilting too. My great grandmother was a talented quilter and I still have, and treasure, about a dozen of her quilts.
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quilting, gardening, other
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Gray Cat

Pioneer Quilts

Quilts have always been part of my life.

When I grew up on the farm featured in my Butter in the Well book series, the upstairs bedrooms were not heated –  except for a floor register in each of the two of the rooms that let a little warmth rise up from downstairs. At night we’d leave the living room which was heated by a propane stove, and crawl into an upstairs bed that was lined with blanket sheets and heaped with piles of handmade quilts. It was the standard way to keep warm during the winter months. (And in the morning we’d bring our clothes downstairs to dress in front of the stove.)

Almost all of these quilts were made by my great grandmother Kizzie (Hamman) Pieratt, plus a few by her daughter, my grandmother, Irene (Pieratt) Akers. Kizzie was a very prolific quilter, even with eight kids and a farm to run. She made a quilt for each child, grandchild, their spouse, and all her great grandchildren, plus hand quilted other people’s quilts for part of their income.

Postage Stamp Quilt

I can’t say I knew the quilt patterns back then- just that they were all different, a combination of leftover fabric for a variety of decades. Several were heavy crazy quilts made from old wool coats. Most of the quilts made during the 1920’s through the 1940’s and had then popular quilt patterns and made from feed sack material. There were also a few unusual ones, like my Dad’s quilt made of men’s silk ties.

We called the quilt she made me during the 1950’s “the postage stamp quilt” because it was made of one inch squares of material, (plus she made a matching quilt for my doll bed). The full size quilt has thousands of hand cut and stitched pieces of material in it.

When I moved to college, the quilts stayed home and I moved on to store-bought blankets, not only plain in color, but very light in weight. (I still have problems sleeping on a cold night without the weight of a heavy blanket since today’s microfiber blankets are so very light.)

Moving forward a few decades and looking for a theme for my next series after Butter in the Well, quilts came to mind because I have always planned to write a book about my great grandmother Kizzie.

Cleveland Tulip Quilt

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 came with Martha’s mother Maggie Kennedy when she moved from Ohio to Kansas in 1858.

Quilts and quilting seemed like a perfect theme for the stories of my mother’s side of the family, so I wove a quilt theme into this book series and featured twelve quilt patterns in each book.  The titles also went with the quilt theme.

My Trail of Thread book was about Deborah Pieratt’s wagon trail journey to the Kansas Territory 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.

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 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? Who was born in the family to commemorate the patches of material and time put into this quilt?

These are just a few of the questions I’ll try to “stitch” together as I research and write about this pioneer woman that spent so much time making quilts. Please join me in this project by reading my blog as I will post tidbits and photos about Kizzie Pieratt. I think she’s a Kansas pioneer quilter you’d like to meet…



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20 years & Kindle Unlimited

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 9:29am 2 Comments

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.…


Tying the Knot is done!

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:42am 8 Comments

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…


Looking Back, Again

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 7:55am 3 Comments

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…


Audio book contest AND I need book reviewers

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 8 Comments

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…


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At 5:47pm on May 15, 2014, Nancy Gibson said…

I have also read many books about quilting.  I can't recall the author but some were names of blocks like "Lovers Knot", etc.  I will check to see if your book is available at our library or available for Kindle reading.


At 5:43pm on May 15, 2014, Nancy Gibson said…

I have made many quilts of various designs.  I enjoy making baby quilts that are usually donated and I have made many Quilts of Valor.  I enjoy variety, so I tried to do different blocks for all the quilts I've made.  I have made a king size quilt for myself as well as a friend.  I have also done many for family members. 

At 11:27am on February 25, 2014, Julie Kindleyside said…
I will look up your books in our local library and if they aren't there will get them added o the collection. If you send me by email the details including ISBN, Title and publisher that will help. Thanks for adding me, I just joined yesterday and haven't started communicating with anyone yet, Julie
At 10:01am on February 25, 2014, CHARLENE DICKERSON said…

Good Morning Linda, good to have you as a new quilting buddie.  I have to finish a Dear Jan quilt for a customer today so many small blocks but really looking good so far. Have a great day, talk to you again soon.

At 9:55am on February 25, 2014, Julie Mayfield said…
thank you for welcoming me. I love to read i will have to check out your books. I have been recovering from gallbladder surgery. I was able to make a log cabin table runner the other day. Not bad for my first log cabin. I'll post it as soon as i figure out how to.

At 8:59am on February 25, 2014, Bernalou Rosebrook said…

so glad I found this group. Sounds like you are a great group.


At 8:37am on February 20, 2014, Kay said…

I am new to this blog/forum stuff so i am trying to navigate around!  I am a beginner quilter.  I love the Lasting Legacy BOM so am going to order the kit.  Hope i can catch up with the group!

At 7:18am on February 20, 2014, dawn Prigo said…

A big warm Hello to everybody. Have a great day.

At 1:11pm on February 19, 2014, Debbie said…

Hi, thank you for the note, I will check out your blog and website. I love to read, and am just getting into quilting, so much to learn but having fun figuring it all out. I am slowly learning to fill my time every day, this retired stuff is new to me, I worked for so many years and I am  not used to having non restricted hours in the day.  I am sure I will be asking quite a few questions as time goes on.

At 10:45pm on February 17, 2014, Bren Wagoner said…

Hi Linda,  I am excited to join and chat with others of the same interest.  Thank you for the warm welcome.  Look forward to the many enjoyable conversations and interactions with others with the same interest.  

Again thanks.  


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