Tying the Knot by Linda Hubalek is currently FREE on Amazon. Click HERE to order!
Tying the Knot, the first historical fiction book in the Kansas Quilter series follows Kizzie Pieratt as she receives trunks and quilts from her relatives to use on her family’s wagon trip from Kansas to the Indian Territory.
Kizzie learns about the significant moves previous generations have made for their families, just like she is about to do next.
This book series shares the stories and photos of Linda Hubalek’s pioneer ancestors that homesteaded in Kansas in the 1800s. The Kansas Quilter series continues the family stories written in Hubalek’s Trail of Thread series.
I just downloaded it myself and it was free when I did, but double check before clicking that it is still free for you because these things can change without notice.A bonus section tells the "Story behind the story" of the Kansas Quilter series and features photos of some of the quilts that the Pieratt family made.
This is how I will always remember my mama ---
Funny hat, garden hose in hand, making the world around her as beautiful as it can be.
There is a sign on her front porch that says:
“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds….”
And sometimes I feel like that applies to areas of my life too –yes, it’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
It’s not an easy job to tame these seemingly unusable scraps and turn them into quilts, it’s a lot easier to sew with bigger pieces that already match each other –but this is the way I prefer to work and the reward is so great.
Her hard work pays off!
Last evening, we lit a fire in the fire pit and sat around and talked and laughed and reminisced as the hot dogs cooked on long forks over the flames.
We’ve always had a fire pit for outdoor cookouts….I remember a time when my brother Mike had a marshmallow catch on fire, and he flung it --- it landed in my hair a sticky mess, good thing the fire had extinguished by the time it landed! We always laugh and joke about this so may decades later. We’ll be at Mike’s house for a BBQ tomorrow for Memorial Day – he better watch out when it is MY TURN to fling a marshmallow!
My step dad, Gary, and my mom…..
Mmmmmmm Marshmallows! The best taste at the end of the day!
This was the only time there has just been three of us on a holiday around the fire pit ---everyone is scattered all different directions and I felt their absence even while enjoying our small gathering.
We’ve had a very relaxing day just talking and laughing – I even got mom to watch my episode of The Quilt Show! That was extra fun.
We’ve taken a hike up the mountain, visited with neighbors, and have a potato salad under way for tomorrow’s BBQ at Mike’s.
Our evening is around the bend, we’ll be grilling pork chops and serving them with sweet potatoes and a salad – simple fare for a simply wonderful holiday weekend.
And there are more hexies while talking ---
Love from Idaho!