As the song goes, “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start!” In early May 2020, when we were all working from home, EQ had a Zoom-staff meeting. Someone mentioned that the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), about 20 miles north of EQ’s headquarters in Bowling Green, OH, was opening an exhibit in the fall featuring quilts. Being a native of Bowling Green (aka, BG), I reached out to Todd Ahrens, Director of Development for the museum, and also an active member of the BG community. I introduced myself, mentioned possible personal connections we have, and also suggested the potential for 2 great Ohio institutions to work together. Todd’s response was terrific and he was gung-ho to figure out how we could collaborate. A couple weeks later over Zoom, members of EQ and TMA met and talked about the exhibit, Radical Tradition: Amercian Quilts and Social
These women are all fantastic designers, authors, and quilters we look to for fabulous creations. They are among many pioneers who have shaped the quilting industry into the wonderful world that it is today. We are so honored that these women, among many others, have expressed their shared love for the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman (speaking of pioneers!). Tula puts it perfectly when she says, “No matter how much we evolve as quilters, our foundation will always remain rooted in the traditional building blocks of patchwork.” Judy says, “Barbara’s research is invaluable, and her system for organizing blocks by their construction basis is genius. It allows you to easily find a pattern and learn its name, based on what it looks like.” Learn how to use the book here. In case you’re not familiar with previous editions of Barbara’s Encyclopedia, take it from Alex Anderson, “When
The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns is 522 pages of quilty goodness with 4,000+ blocks to inspire your next quilting project! The book is primarily a reference on how to identify quilt blocks. Curious how to use the book to identify a quilt pattern? Let’s step through an example using an antique block found at an estate sale. Here is a photo of the block I’m trying to identify: Key for Locating Patterns The Key for Locating Patterns starts on page 7 of the Encyclopedia. Step 1 asks if the pieces are not organized in square blocks. This block is square, so we can move on to the next step. Step 2 asks if the block is a Medallion, Two or Three Block, or a Block with a Sashing set. None of those apply to this block. Moving on! When I get to Step 3, I can start working my way
Just a few days ago, we received our proof copy of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from the printer – and WOW this thing is gorgeous! Even though it’s just a proof, we couldn’t help but share some inside pages with you! If the 4,000+ blocks weren’t enough, you’re sure to love the beautiful photographs that are sprinkled throughout this 522-pager! (P.S. If you sent us a sewn block, you might see it in this book like these two beauties contributed by Jan Beckert of Newfane, VT and Elizabeth Schultz of Waynesville, NC!). See more in our preview video! Learn more! Why would you want the new edition of the Encyclopedia? What’s BlockBase all about? Find out here. Order now! Click here to buy the book! Join us on Facebook! Are you on Facebook? If so, join our Event with Barbara Brackman to hear all about the book, from
You’ve probably heard about our new, and upcoming products from author and quilt historian, Barbara Brackman: The third edition of Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book and a new version of BlockBase software. What you may not know is what exactly these products are, or why you’d want them! Let us explain each one… The Encyclopedia Book Summary: 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, for her research. Her goal was to put a name with each block and find when it was first published. This book is the result of all her hard work! It is organized like an encyclopedia and a great way to figure out the name of a block. Even if you’re not in search of a
Have you heard the news?! Two all-time favorite quilting products are being re-released!! We have teamed up with esteemed quilt historian, Barbara Brackman, to bring back her sought-after Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book and the complementary fan-favorite BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac)! Yes, you read that correctly. We plan to take pre-orders for the book starting October 1 and release BlockBase in early 2021. Here’s a sneak peek of the book! More details about the book > More details about pre-orders > More details about BlockBase > We know you have questions! We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions list with answers to all your questions! View the full FAQ list now. If you have additional questions that you don’t see there, please comment below, or contact our office via email or live chat.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! We are so grateful for all of your responses. They will truly help us when planning future EQ Academy events! (See all entries in the original post here.) Our team collected all of the wonderful submissions from the blog, Facebook, and Instagram and randomly choose one winner. The winner of the Spring EQ Academy free enrollment is… Scarlet Rogers of Covington, GA! Congratulations to Scarlet! Reminder! Enrollment for EQ Academy opens on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at 11:00am EST. View the whole class catalog now!