Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I am so thrilled.

I have been asked to review another book. 
It is call the Trail of Thread....
Historical Letters 1854-1855 
by Linda K. Hubalek. 
A woman's Westward Journey.

Taste the dust of the road and feel the wind in your face as you travel 
with a Kentucky family by wagon trail to the new territory of Kansas in 1854.

Ladies.....I literally could not put this wonderful and enjoyable book down. It is amazing to get a first hand account from one family that made the decision to move west in an unsettled territory.  In the book you will find a glimpse, of the hardship that our ancestors went through to make their westward journey. I have went back and read several parts of the book over and over again. Trail of Thread is one of those great books that will grab you by the seat of your pants, and keep you  interested until the last page. Then you will beg for more. The main character's name is Deborah in this uniquely written book.  I could hardly wait to see what Deborah put in her next letters, sent to those that remained at home back East. Trail of Thread is very easy to follow and not complicated even though there are a lot of characters. Yes ladies this book was a exciting and enjoyable read. I really liked the idea of the letters and not full chapters. This book would be great as a take along book to read while waiting on appointments. You could read a couple of letters close the book.. then come back to it the next appointment. I love it!!! I especially enjoy the parts about making quilts and the patterns that are offered in the book.
I have to order the 2nd and 3rd book in this three part series!!
I know once you read the first book, you will want to read the rest. It's just like the Russell Stovers Chocolates you can't eat just one.. you have to have 2 ...hum maybe 5 who cares.. you can't do just one!
Please run over to Linda's web site and check out other wonderful books offered by this great writer!

Here is a little something extra for you to enjoy from Author Linda Hubalek.

Hello from the Kansas prairie!
I’m pioneer writer Linda Hubalek, stopping by to say “Hello!” here on Aunt Pitty Pat’s website while on my WOW! Book Blog Tour. Because my Trail of Thread book series weaves stories and quilts together, talking about quilts seemed like a perfect fit for this post.
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 bedrooms that let a little warmth rise up from downstairs. At night us kids would leave the living room which was heated by a propane stove, race upstairs and crawl into our beds that were 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 as part of their family’s income.
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 with popular quilt patterns of the times, 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 pondering the theme for my second book series, these old quilts came to mind because I have always planned to write a book about my great grandmother Kizzie. I ended up writing the Trail of Thread series, three books about women settling in the new state of Kansas during the Civil War era, while weaving in twelve quilt patterns within each book.
Instead of writing the books in a story form with dialogue, I have the main character writing a letter to a loved one, describing the life events that were happening to her.
Deborah Pieratt’s letters in the Trail of Thread book follows her wagon trail journey to the Territory of Kansas in 1854. The second book, Thimble of Soil features Margaret Ralston Kennedy’s letters in her decision to move her family from their safe Ohio home to the unsettling territory in 1855. And the final book, Stitch of Courage, reveals Maggie Kennedy Pieratt’s letters to her sister, as she grows up and 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.
Would you like to learn more about my writing and how to read my books (available in both book or ebook format)? Please visit my author website at To follow my research and writing on my next series, please sign up for my blog or “like” me on Facebook too.
You’ll love the stories of these Kansas pioneer women!
Many thanks from the Kansas prairie….for allowing me to visit with you today!
Linda K. Hubalek
Enter the Giveaway
Want to “hitch your wagon and follow the trail to Kansas” now through my first book? Enter my ebook give-away by leaving a comment below about your favorite quilt, and a randomly picked lucky reader will receive a free Kindle version of Trail of Thread


SUGAR MOON said...

This book sounds very interesting. I think I would enjoy it. My favorite quilt is the Grandmother's Flower Garden. I hand-pieced one and had it hand quilted. It contains 3,751 pieces. It took several years to complete. It makes me think of my own grandmother who was herself a quilter.

Lindy said...

One of my favorite quilts is an old, and very abused and faded one. What makes it so special is the story that came with it! When my grandmother asked if I wanted her gramma's quilt, even though there were a multitude of small holes in it. Holes, she says, were caused by the quilt being used as padding between the bed springs and the new mattress, to protect the mattress from those nasty springs!

San-Dee said...

My favorite quilt is one my grandmother made that is solid color satin, sewed down the center of lengths of the fabric. The beauty comes from the hand quilting patterns. The one I have is a rose color, there was also a navy one that my cousin inherited. The two quilts were made for twin beds the oldest of the cousins slept in, and are especially cherished as my grandmother later developed glaucoma and her sewing days were over.

Carmen's Quilts said...

Good Morning M,
This is MY kinda book! I'm so glad they picked you to do a review so you could bring it to my attention. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE firsthand stories of people settling the West - it's like the reality TV of it's time.
Thank you for sharing, I'm off to for this and looking forward to a good read.

Nancy said...

Is it too late to enter?

Anonymous said...

I think an author should know the difference between your and you're. Someone needs to proofread!