As their collection rapidly grew, the Jameses naturally added examples of the most characteristic styles of American quiltmaking. Popular late nineteenth-century patterns and genres such as Log Cabins and Crazy quilts became bedrocks of their expanding holdings. And given that there were seemingly endless variations of these styles (Concentric Square, Barn Raising, and Streak of Lightning settings of the Log Cabin block, for instance, and a whole world of Crazy quilts), expansion was a relatively easy process. They did not blindly acquire in these areas, however—they always had an eye for quality, diversity, and uniqueness. They also added earlier nineteenth-century styles such as Cut-Out Chintz Applique and Red and Green Applique, and eventually were able to acquire several examples of the comparatively rare—and extravagantly appliqued—Baltimore Album Quilt. By reading books by author-collectors such as Jonathan Holstein, they also became aware of cultural groups, like the Amish, who had their own distinct quilt traditions. As true collectors, the Jameses understood the importance of forming a comprehensive and representative group of quilts.