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 3 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 blocks to print in ANY size
BlockBase+ is still in development, but here’s a sneak peek:
Barbara Brackman’s classic quilter’s resource, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book, 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 rotary-cutting instructions, templates, or foundation patterns, 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.)
If you sew anything using BlockBase+, submit a photo to our gallery so others can see!
Why is it BlockBase “Plus”?
Whether you owned the previous versions or if you’re completely new to BlockBase, you’ll appreciate the new features added to this version! These features and enhancements are very much worthy of a “plus”. Read our blog post for more product info and stay tuned for additional details!
Did you own the original version?
Did you own the original version?
Did you own the original BlockBase software?If you've owned and loved the original version of BlockBase software, released in 1996, you will love this new version too! There is no upgrade pricing since this version is in a completely new format with new features. So it's up to you to decide if you need the new version or not.
Click here to view a PDF of the differences in the old version vs. the new version.
The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book goes hand-in-hand with BlockBase+ software, but you don't need to have one in order to use the other. The book is a wonderful resource on its own, and BlockBase+ is the perfect tool to print rotary-cutting charts, templates, and foundation patterns for the blocks from the book at any size! Read more about these products in our blog post.
Purchasing Questions about the Encyclopedia and BlockBase+
When will the Encyclopedia book and BlockBase+ software be available?
Pre-orders for the book are Oct 1 - Nov 24, 2020. Orders placed by Nov 24 will ship by December 1, 2020. We hope to have BlockBase+ software out in Spring 2021. Customers who pre-order the book will receive special savings on BlockBase+ when it's available. Discount will be applied automatically.
How much will the book and BlockBase+ software cost?
The Encyclopedia is $59.95. It will be offered at 30% off at ElectricQuilt.com through November 24, 2020. BlockBase+ pricing is TBD. 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?
You can pre-order 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. BlockBase+ will be available in 2021
Is there upgrade pricing for BlockBase+ software or the Encyclopedia 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 BlockBase+ software?
Yes, you would purchase BlockBase+ 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 Encyclopedia book be available for purchase from resellers in my area?
We hope to have both products distributed in other countries.
Product Questions about the Encyclopedia and BlockBase+
What exactly is the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book?
This book is a reference primarily on how to identify quilt blocks. In the intro to the book, Barbara explains that she used 20th century magazines and articles, mainly between 1920 and 1950, and mostly from the midwest, to attempt to put a name with a block and when it was first published. This book is the result of all her research. It is organized like an encyclopedia and a great way to figure out the name of a block. With SO many blocks to look at in this book, it's also a very inspirational tool for designing your own quilts.
Is the Encyclopedia book digital or printed?
It is a printed, 4lb book. It has 522 full-color pages. The book is 8.5” x 11” soft cover with inside flaps.
In what format will BlockBase+ software be available?
BlockBase+ 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 Encyclopedia 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. Plus new blocks!
Are there any new blocks in the Encyclopedia book and BlockBase+ 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 Encyclopedia book if I have an older version?
That’s completely up to you! The same great content is included in the new version 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. The new 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! And 161 new blocks have been added! Plus, lots of printing enhancements for rotary cutting, templates, and foundation patterns!! AND FOR THE FIRST TIME - you can export to an SVG file for digital cutting machines, embroidery machines, long arm software, and more. We will update the BlockBase+ product page with more feature enhancements as we have them.
Is EQ required for BlockBase+?
No. BlockBase+ is a standalone program for Windows or Mac computers. If you do own EQ8, you can link all the BlockBase+ blocks to the EQ8 Block Library!
Minimum System Requirements:
BlockBase+ will not run on Chromebooks or any devices running Android or iOS. BlockBase+ requires Windows or Mac operating systems, as listed below.
- Windows 10
- Intel or M1 chip processors; macOS Big Sur (11), Catalina (10.15), Mojave (10.14)