Once Upon A Quilt - A Scrapbook of Quilting Past and Present by Margret Aldrich is a delightful mix of stories by such authors as Helen Kelley, Ami Simms, Sandra Dallas and others plus wonderful illustrations from past and present. It is not a pattern book.
A little nibble this morning resulted in getting stuck on the stacked flower quilts illustration from Rebecca Barker. Mmm... luscious. You should note that this illustration is opposite the contents page so I did not get very far into the book before getting mesmerized. Go to her website (linked above) and look through the note cards. You will not be sorry.