Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
Item #: B-ENCYC
ISBN #: 978-1-893824-97-3
This book is the perfect resource for identifying blocks and getting inspiration for your quilts! You’ll find line drawings and colored versions of 4,000+ blocks, plus their names and publishing information! Sewing patterns are not included.
If you’re interested in rotary-cutting charts, templates, or foundation patterns for the blocks, check out BlockBase+ software!
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A Fan-Favorite in its Third Edition!
Barbara Brackman’s classic quilter’s resource, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, is fully modernized, updated with over 160 new blocks, and presented in full color for the first time in this third edition! All of the 4,000+ pieced quilt blocks found in this book are illustrated with both a line drawing and sample color suggestions to ensure that you will never run out of inspiration! Quilters, quilt historians, and textile enthusiasts will love the detailed information on pattern names and publication sources included with each block.
Want to print templates, rotary-cutting charts, or foundation patterns for all the blocks? Check out BlockBase+ software!
If you sew anything from the book or BlockBase+, submit a photo to our gallery so others can see!
What exactly is the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns?
The Encyclopedia 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. To learn more about how to use the book for block identification, read our blog post.
Page count: 522
Size: 8½” x 11″
Style: Softcover with flaps, perfect binding, full-color content
About the Author
Barbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author from Lawrence, Kansas. She’s been fascinated by quilt patterns for forty years and could not rest until she’d indexed more than 4,000 pieced patterns for her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. BlockBase+ is that index for the computer age. She writes several blogs about quilt history and patterns including Material Culture. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame of Marion, Indiana in 2001 and is a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group.
The entirety of this book, including the indexing scheme and numbering system, are copyrighted by Barbara Brackman. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or author.
Permission for any non-commercial use of the block patterns in the book is not required. For any commercial use of block patterns, consult the original pattern source and date as listed in the book. Many of the original sources no longer exist or have dates that grant entry to the public domain. If there is no date, assume the block is in public domain. Any blocks after 1970 (there are a few) will most likely still be copyrighted.
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.
Sampler Quilt Booklet PDF with BlockBase+ Printouts
17 Quilt Blocks from the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns! Includes templates, rotary cutting charts, or foundations at the size needed to complete the Sampler Quilt. Great way to preview what you can do with the BlockBase+ software!
The booklet will be available as a free download from your EQ Account. (Only applicable to purchases made from ElectricQuilt.com.)
If you sew anything from this PDF, show us!
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