Michele, I have always been facinated by the ancient history of quilting and how it has changed from old times Like the padded clothing the knights wore under chain mail. The Chinese used quilted garments as well and as people traveled to the new world the quilt patterns came with them. Garments wer inhanced against colder climates. The women traded patterns with other ladies they met as civilazation emerged westward. The women used their imaginations and changed some patterns a little or invented new ones. The names of the new patterns reflected the heiratage and also gave them freedom of color expression, also their political views. Truely the american quilter has added a lot to now and the future. Many men have shown the male insight into art expression. Weither design, colors dyed and even abstracts. Its a whole new world out there. Not just your granny's 9 Patch. Marvel