As quilters, we walk in the footsteps of our elder sisters:

• Those unknown women who developed early patchwork designs
• Those who, like Ruth Finley and Carrie Hall, collected those designs
• Those who created blocks for newspapers and magazines, such as Florence La Ganke and "Laura Wheeler"
• The host of people and companies who published the blocks, beginning in 1835 with Godey's Ladies Book

We're particularly grateful to those who provided the primary sources for this site. Those sources include the Ladies Art Company catalog of 1928; Finley's Old Patchwork Quilts: And the Women Who Made Them (1929); Carrie Hall and Rose Kretsinger's The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, Bettina Havig's Carrie Hall Blocks, published by the American Quilter's Society (AQS) in 1999; the Kansas City Star, Yvonne Khin's The Quilter's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns (1988) and many others.

We've also used authoritative secondary sources. Chief among these are Jinny Beyer's gorgeous, carefully researched Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns (Breckling Press, 2009) and Barbara Brackman's groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (AQS, 1993), which illustrates, categorizes, and numbers thousands of traditional blocks.

Whenever we couldn't figure out a block's structure, we consulted Jinny Beyer's book. Whenever we didn't know the color values, solids, or prints went, we consulted Barbara Brackman's.

Many thanks to Barbara Brackman, Bettina Havig, and Jinny Beyer, who graciously gave us permission to cite their works.