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3D Printing with BlockBase+

Posted 03-24-2021 by | Posted in: BlockBase+ From Our Users Just Because New Products

You may have thought BlockBase+ was great for printing and exporting blocks for sewing…but did 3D printing ever cross your mind?? It did for our friend Mike Shetter! Mike says, “With BlockBase+ and a 3D printer you can make reusable plastic templates for over 4000 blocks in ANY size you need. BlockBase+ can generate SVG files that can be used to create 3D models that can be printed on any 3D printer.” If you’re curious, here’s a summary of Mike’s 3D printing process starting with BlockBase+. Step 1 – BlockBase+ To create the plastic templates, the first step is to export the SVG file for the block from BlockBase+. It’s important to check the Finished Block Size is correct and that a 1″ square in BlockBase+ equals a 1″ square in your 3D software. Step 2 – 3D Software The next step is to open the SVG file in the

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #1 Available Now!

Posted 03-15-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) We’re breaking down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #1 – BlockBase+ is available now! The wait is over! Our favorite thing about BlockBase+ is that it’s finally here! Shop now > Use BlockBase+ on its own on your Mac and/or PC computer or link it to your EQ8 so you can design quilts with the 4,264 blocks! Check system requirements here > Linking BlockBase+ to your EQ8 If you have the newest version of EQ8, BlockBase+ should automatically appear in your EQ8 Block Library as long as both programs are properly installed and activated. All BlockBase+ blocks

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #2 Exporting SVG Files

Posted 03-13-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) BlockBase+ is available! Buy it now >> We’re breaking down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #2 – Export SVG Files Okay, so you’re either thinking, “Yay! SVG files!!” or… “What are SVG files?!” Let me explain… SVG (scalable vector graphic) is a unique type of image format. This file type is popular among quilters because it can be imported into many different software applications including digital cutting machines, embroidery machines, longarm software, and more. Over the years, we’ve received many requests for this SVG feature, and you’ll find it in BlockBase+! Export SVG Options Export the block at

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #3 Print Rotary Cutting Charts

Posted 03-11-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) BlockBase+ is available! Buy it now >> We’re breaking down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #3 – Print Rotary Cutting Charts Not a fan of foundation piecing and don’t want to use templates? Select a block, click the Print button, then choose Rotary Cutting Chart. And just like that, you can get cutting! You can choose whether you want a Summary View or a Detailed view. The Summary view provides one cutting diagram for all matching patches in the block, with the number of patches for each color listed to the right. The Detailed view provides a separate

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #4 Print Templates

Posted 03-07-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #4 – Print Templates Templates are a great print option for patches that can’t be easily rotary-cut (like the one shown below). Select any block, click the Print button, then choose Templates. Read on for ways you can customize your printouts. In just a couple clicks, you have templates in any size! Here’s what a printout looks like: In the print preview, you can move pieces around and rotate them so they fit on fewer pages. You’ll see in the image above, that I have selected one of the patches and my cursor has changed indicating I can click and

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #5 Print Foundation Patterns

Posted 03-05-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #5 – Print Foundation Patterns If you’re a foundation piecer, you’re going to love the options for printing foundation patterns for blocks in BlockBase+. Select a block that is foundation pieceable, click the Print button, then choose Foundation Pattern. Not into foundation piecing? No problem… stay tuned for our next post in the countdown. In seconds, you have foundation patterns in any size! Here’s what a printout looks like! There are some great features like the ability to move pieces around and rotate them so they fit on fewer pages, zoom tools, optional 1-inch scale square, and more! Before

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #6 Sample Quilt Layouts

Posted 03-02-2021 by | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

Note: Did you hear about the latest EQ8 Update? Be sure to update your EQ8 if you plan to purchase BlockBase+ that way you can use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8! Read instructions carefully. (Mac users – this update also fixes macOS Big Sur issues!) Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #6 – Sample Quilt Layouts If you thought browsing the 4,000+ blocks would be addicting, just wait until you try the quilt layout feature. In one click, you can instantly preview what a block would look like set into a quilt! BlockBase+ gives you 7 quilt layout samples for the block you have selected. Choose any block, then click the Quilt Layout button to preview a design. Oh the inspiration!  Check out the 7 different quilt samples you get for that one block! Plus, I included a few more from different blocks… like I said, this is addicting! You’ll

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