Before I begin today’s post, I wanted to say congratulations to Kathy Rauch Shupe, who won the Amish doll giveaway a few weeks ago! I had to pick a new winner after not hearing from the first winner picked. Kathy, please email caitlin {at} litfusegroup {dot} com to claim your prize! You have until next Monday, June 24, to claim the Amish doll before we need to pick another winner.

Before my Amish novel Leaving Lancaster released, my husband and I visited glorious Lancaster County, PA, again so I could do further research and enjoy a break while my editor perused my manuscript. While there, I felt sure I needed to purchase a queen-size Amish quilt—call it a hunch of the strongest variety. I began my search by going to the Quilt Museum in Intercourse, PA. Like a homing pigeon, I zoomed in on a superb Amish quilt, but it was on display and not for sale. Downstairs in The Old Country Store hung dozens of lovely quilts, but none grabbed my eyes. My husband patiently escorted me through other shops, but no quilt compared to the fabulous one I’d admired at the museum.

Later that night, in our Amish friends’ living room, Sam and Susie suggested we contact their niece, Emma Stoltzfus, a professional quilter. My husband and I tried calling Emma’s number and got an answering machine. Since Old Order Amish don’t keep phones in their homes, I had little hope we’d reach her. The next day, my husband and I continued our search in the quilt shop below the museum. Still, I found nothing. In the meantime, my husband meandered upstairs to the museum. Returning to the first floor, he told me that the exquisite quilt I’d admired earlier was made by Emma Soltzfus. I replied that there could easily be a hundred quilters in Lancaster County by that name. But it turned out to be crafted by our Amish friends’ niece!

We finally connected with Emma Stoltzfus of E. S. Quilts, and she invited us to her shop, where she may have a phone. I was wowed by the bold colors and patterns and the meticulous craftsmanship. When I told Emma I wasn’t sure why I was purchasing the quilt, she gave me a quizzical look. Then it became clear: I was supposed to give the quilt away to one of my readers instead of hosting a book launch party. Holding a quilt giveaway is exactly what I did last spring when Leaving Lancaster released!

On our most recent trip to Lancaster County, my husband and I once again visited Emma to purchase another queen-size quilt. This time, my husband helped me do the choosing. The pattern is Lone Star. I’ve kept it carefully out of sight so he and I wouldn’t be tempted to use it ourselves. When Emma phoned me several days ago, I told her my plan was to give this second queen-size quilt away, too. A long pause ensued; I’m sure she was wondering if I’d lost my mind. I assured her we’d be back to buy another. PS: No electricity is used in her home or shop.

Help me celebrate the release of long-awaited Pennsylvania Patchwork, Leaving Lancaster’s sequel, by entering my giveaway! Please accept my gift to one lucky winner: a queen-size Amish quilt and my two Amish novels!


I’m celebrating the release of book two in my Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Pennsylvania Patchwork, by giving away an authentic Amish-made quilt!


  One “grand” winner receive:

  • An authentic Amish-made Quilt
  • Pennsylvania Patchwork and Leaving Lancaster 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 29th. Winner will be announced on July 1st at my blog.

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