Item #: A-BBASE
This new software version of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns is a must have for any quilter! The same patterns that sold in 1928 for 15 cents each are yours in BlockBase for less than 2 cents apiece! No other pattern collection comes close!
Easy to use software! Find a block, print, then sew! It's that easy. There's no learning curve to this simple select-and-print software. It's the perfect quilting tool for all quilting and computer skill levels!
This software is a perfect companion to the Encyclopedia book!
(This is a stand-alone software for Windows and Mac operating systems. EQ software not required.)
Over 4,000 patterns to print in ANY size
Barbara Brackman’s classic quilter’s resource, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, is brought to life on your computer with this re-release of the Electric Quilt Company’s top-selling BlockBase software. Take a nice “scroll” through all the categories while viewing the blocks in gorgeous colorings, in grayscale values, or as line drawings. This stand-alone software (for Windows or Mac computers) lets you easily print cutting instructions, foundation patterns, and templates at any size for all 4,000+ pieced blocks from Brackman’s Encyclopedia. Search BlockBase by Brackman number, block name, theme, and key words to find the perfect pattern for your next project. With BlockBase you can go from idea to cutting and sewing in no time at all!
For additional fun, link BlockBase to your EQ8 quilt design software. (EQ8 software not required.)
When will the book and the software be available?
We’re hoping to have the book out by late 2020 and the software out early 2021.
How much will the book and software cost?
We have not determined pricing yet. Please subscribe to our email list and/or follow us on social media to get all the details as we have them.
Will you be taking pre-orders?
We plan to take pre-orders for the book October 1 - November 24, 2020. Please subscribe to our email list and/or follow us on social media to get all the details as we have them.
Is there upgrade pricing for the software or the book?
If you own previous versions, both are still great products! We plan to offer special, introductory pricing on both products. This limited-time introductory offer will be similar to an upgrade discount.
Can I purchase either product from my local quilt shop?
Yes, your quilt shop will be able to purchase both products directly from EQ or from their favorite distributor and sell them in their shop. Start asking for them!
I live in the EU. Will I be able to purchase the new software?
Yes, you would purchase the software in the physical format and have it shipped to you. We are working to get the software and book distributed overseas to reduce the shipping cost for you.
I do not live in the United States. Will the book be available for purchase from resellers in my area?
We hope to have both products distributed in other countries.
How many pages is the new version of the book?
The book will be 8.5” x 11”, soft cover with inside flaps. The page count is not firm yet, but it will likely be around 500 pages.
In what format will the software be available?
The software will be a download from The Electric Quilt Company website. A gift option will be available in a physical format.
How is this third edition of the book different from the first and second editions?
The book content does not stray much at all from the 1993 edition. One of the main enhancements is that the blocks are displayed in full color with a line-drawing version as well. The line drawing gives you the option to view the block’s piecing more easily, while not being distracted by the way it’s colored.
Are there any new blocks in the book and software?
Yes! Barbara has added 161 new blocks to this version! The new blocks are included in the book and in the BlockBase software.
Do I need the new book if I have an older version?
That’s completely up to you! The same great content is included in the new version (plus new blocks) so if you love your original version of the book, terrific!
Do I need the new BlockBase software if I have the older version?
Again, it’s completely up to you. This version has been improved from the original to maximize the block view so you can see more blocks on your screen at a time. We have also made it easier to view source information for each block without having to dig for the information. Searching has been enhanced too! Blocks have been redrawn to make them more pieceable! Plus, lots of printing enhancements for rotary cutting, templates, and foundation patterns!! We will update the BlockBase product page with more feature enhancements as we have them.