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BlockBase+ Top Ten: #10 User-friendly Interface

Posted 02-16-2021 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. #10 – User-friendly Interface BlockBase+ was designed to be a very easy program to use. As soon as you open the software, you can see lots of colorful blocks. Look to the left side of the screen for the full Library and browse the block styles! You’ll find over 4,000+ pieced blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns organized into categories like Four Patch, Equal Nine Patch, Square in a Square, and more! Just above the library, there are three buttons for navigating through BlockBase+. The first is the library, the second is for searching for blocks, and the third is for

Lori Baker talks about her Brackman!

Posted 01-14-2021 by | Posted in: New Products

Did you buy your “Brackman” yet? Acquisitions Editor at Golden Peak Media, Lori Baker, gives a “peek” into Barbara Brackman’s new Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Play the video below to hear all about it (and BlockBase+ software too!). Place your order now! Or better yet, call your favorite quilt shop and ask if they have these products! U.S. shops, Canadian shops, and retailers overseas are selling it! Whether you had an older version of BlockBase or are brand new to it, you’re going to love the new interface, ease of use, enhanced printing options, and fun new features. In just a couple clicks, you can have printouts of rotary-cutting charts, templates, or foundation patterns for the 4,000+ blocks from the Encyclopedia IN ANY SIZE! You enter a size, and BOOM, it’s ready to print! Also, if you were wondering if there are any big new features in this new version… SPOILER ALERT…

Have you received your Encyclopedia?!

Posted 12-06-2020 by | Posted in: New Products

If you purchased the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns during our pre-order period, you’ve probably gotten it by now (or it’s on the way!!). As soon as we received the books from the printer, it was all-hands-on-deck to get them packaged and shipped out! Due to the overwhelming demand, we sold out of the first printing! We placed another order right away, and those were delivered January 27. We’re packing and shipping as fast as we can so if you order now, your book will be on its way very soon! Now that things have settled down a little bit, we can take the time to actually enjoy a copy! Take a look!! The colored blocks are just so fun to look at!! Not to mention the gorgeous pictures of sewn blocks! It’s really the only Encyclopedia you’ll ever need!  So, if you’ve gotten your copy, leave a comment below

Q&A with Barbara Brackman

Posted 11-22-2020 by | Posted in: New Products Q&A

“Are you nuts?” Among lots of thank yous and compliments, that’s the most common question Barbara Brackman gets in regard to her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book. I suppose that’s a fair question considering all the research and organization that went into compiling over 4,000 quilt block patterns. Read our Q&A with her to hear about how it all came together, plus some insight on using BlockBase+, Barbara’s online lectures, cocktail parties, and Cary Grant. When and how did your interest in quilt blocks come about? Barbara: I’ve always loved pattern. When I was enrolled in an art history class at the University of Kansas I came across Carrie Hall’s 800+ quilt blocks that she donated to the museum there in the 1930s. I was hooked. Carrie Hall’s blocks at the Spencer Museum of Art How did you go from casually collecting a few patterns to creating a full

What do Judy Martin, Tula Pink, and Alex Anderson have in common?

Posted 11-14-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ Company News EQ News and Press New Products New to EQ

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

How to Find a Quilt Block with the New Encyclopedia

Posted 11-04-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ News and Press New Products

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

SNEAK PEEK: Barbara Brackman’s new book!

Posted 10-23-2020 by | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ Company News New Products

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

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