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New stand-alone software! From the pages of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book, BlockBase+ brings over 4,000 quilt blocks to your computer screen. Barbara’s decades of research is available to you in this organized and user-friendly software for Windows and Mac computers. Packed with complete publication information for each block, robust search features, exporting and printing capabilities — it’s the perfect quilting tool for all skill levels! The same patterns that sold for 15¢ in 1928 are now yours for less than 3¢ each!
This software is a perfect companion to the Encyclopedia book!
(BlockBase+ is a stand-alone software for Windows and Mac operating systems. EQ software not required.)
Attention UK and EU customers:This software cannot be downloaded immediately if you are purchasing from the UK or an EU country where Value Added Tax (VAT) is required. Please order the shipped version called the License Card. Also, due to the high cost of shipping from the United States, we strongly urge you to consider purchasing from a reseller in your area. Click here for options.
Will BlockBase+ work on your computer? Check the System Requirements tab below before purchasing.
Not sure about the difference between Download or License Card? Click each button below to learn more.
Over 4,000 blocks to print in ANY size!
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, foundation patterns, export image files, or export SVG files at any size for all 4,000+ pieced blocks from Brackman’s Encyclopedia.
The most intuitive and inspiring block-printing software available!
- View blocks in color, grayscale, and as line drawings
- Perform advanced searches to find the perfect block
- Export blocks as JPG, PNG, and SVG files
- Print blocks as templates, foundation patterns, or rotary cutting charts at any size, with or without seam allowance
- Learn the published names and original sources of each block
- Preview blocks in pre-determined quilt layouts
- Link blocks to EQ8 software!
- Plus more!
Scroll through 4,264 blocks organized in categories of One Patch, Non-Square, Fans, Wheels, Stars, and many more! Zoom in on a block to see it in full detail! Learn the original published names for each block and from what source each was first published. Some blocks have multiple names and sources!
View the blocks in color, grayscale values, or as line drawings!
BlockBase+ comes with advanced search features! If you have the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from Barbara Brackman, you can use the search feature to find a block based on the Brackman ID listed in the book. Or you can search by keyword, source, or category (skill level, piecing style, etc.) to scour the database for blocks based on specific criteria.
Below are the search results for beginner blocks that are new to BlockBase+ and contain only triangles.
BlockBase+ is a block-printing powerhouse! Choose to print a picture of the block, templates, rotary cutting chart, or foundation pattern. Each printing style comes with customizable settings so your printout fits your needs. Enter the desired finished size and seam allowance, then print!
Preview of Block and Foundation printouts:
Preview of Template and Rotary Cutting printouts:
Use the interactive print preview to move and rotate pattern pieces on the pages. Add new pages if necessary! Include a 1-inch scale square to ensure your printouts are true to size! Not ready to print and sew? Save your customized preview as a PDF file to come back to later!
See how the Print Preview works by watching the video:
Every block can be exported as a low- or high-resolution PNG or JPG file to use in documents, on the web, or just to show your friends the next block you plan to sew!
If you have a digital fabric cutter, BlockBase+ can export SVG files for use in digital fabric-cutting machines. Choose the size and save the file for your cutter!
Preview of SVG template export for block 2948 with 1/4″ seam allowance:
Choose a block to view in 7 pre-designed quilt layouts. The selected block will display in a simple click-through dialog so you can preview that block in different settings. You’ll be amazed by the secondary designs created when some of these blocks are repeated in a layout! (These quilt layouts are for preview purposes only. There is no quilt pattern or project file for EQ software.)
See a preview of the Quilt Layout:
Link to EQ8!
For additional fun, link BlockBase+ to your EQ8 quilt design software. All the blocks in BlockBase+ will link to your EQ8 block library. Use these blocks to designs quilts or edit the blocks to create new variations! If you already own EQ8, you will need to make sure you’re on the most current version of EQ8 to link to BlockBase+. Check your version here >
(EQ8 software not required. Linking BlockBase+ to EQ8 only gives EQ8 access to the blocks. No other features from BlockBase+ will be added to EQ8.)
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”. Check out our Comparison Chart to see the differences between the two versions.
See the System Requirements for complete information regarding operating system requirements and license information.
Copyright information for BlockBase+ is here.
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.
If you have the original BlockBase installed, you can keep it on your computer or uninstall it to save space. BlockBase+ is a separate program.
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! Watch a video for more information!
Purchasing Questions about the Encyclopedia and BlockBase+
Is there upgrade pricing for BlockBase+ software or the Encyclopedia book?
If you own previous versions, both are still great products! In March 2021, we offered special, introductory discounts on both products. This was a limited-time introductory offer. Check other stores for pricing or sign up for our emails to be notified of a future sale.
Can I purchase either product from my local quilt shop?
Yes, your quilt shop can purchase both products directly from EQ or from their favorite distributor and sell them in their shop. Ask for them!
I live in the EU/UK. Can I purchase BlockBase+ software?
We have resellers in the UK and EU that are selling both products. Please check them out as you could save on shipping costs buying from them instead of from us. We cannot sell downloads to customers in the EU or UK.
I do not live in the United States. Is the Encyclopedia book available for purchase from resellers in my area?
Ask for these products at your local quilt shops or check other online stores. (We sell to distributors all over the world!)
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. Watch a video for more information!
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 is BlockBase+ software available?
BlockBase+ software is a download from The Electric Quilt Company website. A gift option is available in a physical format. Click the License Card button for more information.
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! Watch a video for more information!
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 also in 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! Watch a video for more information!
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. Watch a video for more information!
Do I need to uninstall my older version of BlockBase before installing BlockBase+?
No. If you have the original BlockBase installed, you can keep it on your computer or uninstall it to save space. BlockBase+ is a separate program.
Is there overlap between the BlockBase+ blocks and EQ8 blocks?
Between the 4,200+ BlockBase+ blocks and 6,700+ EQ8 blocks, there are probably a couple hundred duplicates, but those will be the more generic blocks like a 9-patch, Ohio Star, Bear’s Paw, etc. So, you’ll still have thousands of unique blocks to play with!
What is the copyright information for the blocks?
Copyright info for BlockBase+ is here.
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
- macOS Big Sur (11), Catalina (10.15), Mojave (10.14); Intel or M1 chip processors