Lots of quilt block inspiration today! I’m excited to share an amazing resource for accessing a huge catalog of 1,000s of quilt blocks and the ability to design your own quilts using Block Base+ software!
Block #7 of the Riley Blake 2021 Quilt Block challenge has been released today as well. You can find the pattern here. I’ll be sharing my block later this week. 🙂
Meet the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns + Block Base+
This book is a quilt block resource bonanza. Barbara Brackman, quilt lover and historian, has been researching and cataloging quilt block history for decades. She has recently republished her Encyclopedia of Quilt Block Patterns (available from Amazon or Electric Quilt here) that includes 1,000’s of variations of traditional quilt blocks.
This book is a 500-page resource on over 4,000 different variations of pieced quilt blocks – including color and line drawings of each. This book is not a pattern book – it doesn’t give piecing directions – more of a reference book as well as an inspiration for designing 1,000’s of different quilt ideas and designs.
And here’s the coolest part: Electric Quilt has recently released a companion software called Block Base+ with access to ALL (4,000!) of the blocks in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia.
This software is made for both Windows and Apple operating systems and can pair with EQ software OR used on it’s own to easily design and print a custom pattern of any of the blocks in the book.
You can choose any block you like, customize the finished size, and then print templates, rotary cutting instructions, foundation paper-piecing patters or SVG files to use for your fabric cutter (like the Cricut Maker). I’m so excited to start learning how to use and play with this feature!
You can use Block Base+ as a stand alone software to create patterns and templates for individual blocks. Block Base+ will also provide layout samples and designs for the blocks. You can also integrate Block Base+ with Electric Quilt (EQ8) software to create infinite quilt designs and layouts.
This video gives more information on Barbara and the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns as well as a demonstration of the possibilities of Block Base+ and how it works. You can see more information on the Electric Quilt YouTube channel.
And extra fun news: Electric Quilt is giving away a copy of Block Base+ to one of you!
As a reminder, you do not need to have EQ software in order to use BlockBase+.
To enter to win, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite method for piecing quilt blocks.
(To leave a comment click on the little gray ‘word bubble’ icon with a number in it directly to the right of the post title near the top of this page. Then scroll to the bottom and enter you comment in the box under the words that say LEAVE A REPLY and click POST COMMENT. Because of spam-prevention software, I will need to manually approve comments, so do not be dismayed if your comment does not appear right after you post. I will approve and add all comments the next time I get to my computer.)
Giveaway open through Sunday, April 11 at midnight MDT. I will draw a winner and post and contact the winner by Monday, April 12. 🙂
ROCHELLE BRUMFIELD April 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm
I am currently machine piecing blocks for a quilt, and have enjoyed trying foundation paper piecing–love getting those perfect points!
Thanks, Electric Quilt Company! I’m so excited to learn how to play with all of the features this software offers.