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
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 seen our NEW add-on for EQ8? It is based on Linda J. Hahn and Deborah G. Stanley’s book, Rock That Quilt Block and includes 11 EQ8 projects plus 165 Northcott fabrics featuring Linda’s Carnivale collection! Each of the 10 quilts from their book are featured in a project, along with a Bonus Quilts project which has 4 quilts not found in the book! There are 72 quilt designs in all. But, today we thought it would be nice to catch up with Linda and Deb and see if we could learn a little bit more about them! What’s your favorite quilt from the book and why? Linda: My favorite quilt is Kensington. I really love working with a black or white background and bright colors as I like the dynamic impact. Deb: My favorite quilt is Windsor. I think it showcases the book theme very well – many different quilts can
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.
We are excited to announce the re-release of Barbara Brackman’s BlockBase software (for Windows and Mac!) and the third edition of her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book! Projected release date for both products is fall 2020. We want you to be part of these products! We are looking for quilters to sew their favorite block from either of these products and send it to us so we can use it in the products and/or for promotional purposes! Use any fabrics you want! Make it modern, make it fun, make it classy, make it patriotic — it’s completely up to you! You can find all the information you need about this on our website. Click here to view the details. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020. We look forward to seeing your blocks! (Blocks shown above were submitted by Karen Martin and Tony Schoen.) If you’d like to participate,