Quilt block in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a couple of groups of album blocks with beautiful inking. And they have good shots of the signatures, which can be quite inspirational. Here are a few from a set of star blocks attributed to Malinda Gamble.
To see these click here:http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/search.html
Search for QUILT BLOCK. You can't right click to save these so you might want to do a screen capture if something captures your eye.
Maryland's Cecil Whig 1841
The album signers may have themselves been inspired by newspaper illustrations. Publishers could commission or buy small engravings for the masthead or advertisements.
Baltimore Daily Clipper, 1846