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4,000+ BLOCKS! Have them any way you’d like!

Posted 10-12-2020 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Company News EQ News and Press New Products

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.  :-D

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 specific block, any quilter would find inspiration flipping through the 500+ pages of beautiful blocks in this book.

What’s new in this third edition: 161 new blocks have been added, plus there are now line drawings and sample color suggestions for each of the 4,000+. Oh, and it’s all IN COLOR! This is a wonderful upgrade from the previous editions, take it from our friends Alex Anderson, Judy Martin, Jinny Beyer, and more (read reviews).

How you can use it: Look up block designs by name, search by layout and construction information to find the name of the pattern in a historic quilt, or just browse the pages until you find the quilt block perfect for you next project!

The line drawings make it easy to see how the historic block was constructed, so you can draft your own pattern. The color suggestions show you how the light, medium, and dark values were placed in the original publication. (If you don’t want to draft the blocks yourself, check out BlockBase below–we’ve done all the drafting for you!)

Why you’ll LOVE it: 4,000+ pieced quilt blocks, illustrated with both a line drawing and sample color suggestions, plus a detailed identification system to help you find blocks.

Available date: December, 2020

Price: $59.95  Just $41.97 if you pre-order  by November 24! View all buying options >

BlockBase Software

BlockBase is still in the development stage, but here’s a sneak peek!

Summary: BlockBase is the companion software to the Encyclopedia! It is a standalone program, available as a download, for both Windows and Mac operating systems. It includes every block found in the Encyclopedia (4000+ blocks!) that can be printed at any size. Print templates, rotary-cutting charts, or foundation patterns. You can also view the historical information for each block and search for blocks using a variety of specialized search tools. Optional: If you own EQ8, you can link the BlockBase blocks so you can use them in your EQ designs!

What’s new in this revised version: 161 new blocks have been added and we’ve maximized 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 it. Blocks have been redrawn to make them more pieceable using modern sewing techniques. Lots of printing enhancements for rotary cutting, templates, and foundation patterns!! (The printing options are even better than what’s in EQ8!) This new version is formatted as a download rather than a CD. Oh, and it works on Macs!

How you can use it: This software is your ultimate printing tool–print templates, rotary-cutting charts, and foundation patterns for 4000+ pieced blocks at any size you need! Browse the blocks for inspiration, or search for specific names, sources, or block styles. It’s as simple as selecting a block and clicking print. Optional: Link BlockBase to EQ8 and use the blocks in your quilt designs!

Why you’ll LOVE it: Print templates, rotary-cutting charts, and foundation patterns for any of the 4,000+ blocks at ANY SIZE YOU WANT! Easily view historical information for each block and search for specific names and styles. Plus, if you have EQ8, you can link all the blocks so you can use them in your EQ designs!

Price: TBD. BlockBase is coming in Spring, 2021. Sign up for our emails to be notified of its release!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Encyclopedia and BlockBase

When will the Encyclopedia book and BlockBase software be available?
Pre-orders for the book are Oct 1 – Nov 24, 2020. The book will ship by December 1, 2020. We hope to have BlockBase software out in Spring 2021. Customers who pre-order the book will receive special savings on BlockBase when it’s available. Discount will be applied automatically.

How much will the book and BlockBase software cost?
The Encyclopedia is $59.95. It will be offered at 30% off at ElectricQuilt.com through November 24, 2020. BlockBase pricing is TBD. Please subscribe to our email list and/or follow us on social media to get all the details as we have them.

Will you be taking pre-orders?
You can pre-order the book October 1 – November 24, 2020. Please subscribe to our email list and/or follow us on social media to get all the details as we have them. BlockBase will be available in 2021

Is there upgrade pricing for BlockBase software or the Encyclopedia book?
If you own previous versions, both are still great products! We plan to offer special, introductory pricing on both products. This limited-time introductory offer will be similar to an upgrade discount.

Can I purchase more than one copy?
Yes. One copy of the book per order. Please place additional orders for additional copies.

Can I purchase either product from my local quilt shop?
Yes, your quilt shop will be able to purchase both products directly from EQ or from their favorite distributor and sell them in their shop. Start asking for them!

I live in the EU. Will I be able to purchase the new BlockBase software?
Yes, you would purchase BlockBase software in the physical format and have it shipped to you. We are working to get the software and book distributed overseas to reduce the shipping cost for you.

I do not live in the United States. Will the Encyclopedia book be available for purchase from resellers in my area?
We hope to have both products distributed in other countries.

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.

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 will BlockBase software be available?
BlockBase software will be a download from The Electric Quilt Company website. A gift option will be available in a physical format.

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!

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 included in the book and in the 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!

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!! We will update the BlockBase product page with more feature enhancements as we have them.

Is EQ required for BlockBase?
No. BlockBase is a standalone program for Windows or Mac computers. If you do own EQ8, you can link all the BlockBase blocks to the EQ8 Block Library!

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Want to save 30% on the Encyclopedia? Pre-order it now!

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Six

Posted 10-11-2020 by Yvonne | Posted in: Design and Sew Along EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts Lesson 6

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON SIX Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first five lessons of this series.  In this final lesson, we will work with the quilt layout worktable to bring our lesson block designs together to create quilt design options. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are stitching some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for any of the classes. Remember to save an image of your favorite quilt from this class to post to the EQ blog page in the comment

EQ8 Block Spotlight: Origami Star

Posted 10-10-2020 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 Block Spotlight

Welcome to the EQ8 Block Spotlight series! Each month we highlight a block from the EQ8 Block Library with a few design ideas. Then we want YOU to show us what you can do with the block. Whether you’re a brand new EQ8 user or a seasoned pro, come join in the fun! This month’s block: Origami Star Where to find it: 01 Classic Pieced > Five- and Six-Pointed Stars Design ideas to get you started This first quilt is an on-point layout. I made an alternate block to go with the Origami Star by deleting all the lines inside the circle. The stencil was created using the StencilMaker tool on the Block Worktable (you have to choose Applique > Motif as your block style to access this tool). I used the Holliberry collection by Corey Yoder to color my quilt, which you can find in the EQ Stash Online

Design and Sew Along 3 – Lesson Five

Posted 10-04-2020 by Yvonne | Posted in: Design and Sew Along EQ8 Lessons with Yvonne Favorite Posts Lesson 5

Welcome to  DESIGN AND SEW ALONG 3- LESSON Five Lessons with Yvonne.  I hope you have enjoyed the first four lessons of this series.  In this lesson, we will explore the Summer months and the holidays of July 4 (USA) July 1 (Canada).    Each set of lessons explores some different tools to use to create the 16-inch blocks we determined to be the size of all the blocks in our continuing lessons. The name of this class is DESIGN AND SEW ALONG.  I do hope you are sewing some of the designs we have created in our EQ8 program.  I would love to see some of the designs that are sewn. Remember to watch the video at the end of the blog to start with to familiarize yourself with the steps we will be taking during these class written lessons.  A picture is worth a thousand words and visual learning is helpful for

Illuminations Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 10-01-2020 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations

As always, we received so many beautiful entries in the Illuminations challenge! (See them in the original post here.) Thanks to everyone for participating! Winners There are two winners for this challenge; both selected randomly.  Each will receive a bundle of the Illuminations fabrics – YAY!! Congratulations to….. Donna Royson “Using the 54-40-or fight block as guidance, I designed this quilt but had some challenges with needing the borders to complete the secondary pattern of circles. The block is 12″ containing (9) 4″ units. For the first border, and to complete the circle, I only needed half of the 4″. So, I created two borders with width of 2″ each. The first border is defined as Blocks and I was able to insert the proper blocks to complete the circle. It was quite a challenge but well worth the trouble!”  Judy Knesel “I created about 20 different designs with this fabric

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Good Vibes

Posted 10-01-2020 by Christine | Posted in: Contests

TWO NEW CHANCES TO WIN FABRIC! October’s Fabric of the Month is Good Vibes, by our good friend, Christa Watson for Benartex! Two fat-quarter bundles of these fun fabrics will be given away so submit your EQ design using them! All instructions and contest details are below. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Good Vibes fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on October 31, 2020. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Good Vibes fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Good Vibes collection. One entry per person. (If a second entry is submitted within 24 hours of the original entry, we will accept the more recent entry. For example, if you submit an incomplete quilt, or the wrong quilt from your sketchbook, you can correct it and submit again within

Design & Discover – Drawing Specific Stencils

Posted 10-01-2020 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

Have you ever wanted to draw a stencil for a specific spot on your quilt? Here is a way to do that! Open a previous designed quilt or design one now. Click on the PRINT & EXPORT tab > Export > Image Save as a JPG. After you name the image and click Save, in the JPG options box, let EQ decide the size. IMPORTANT! Write down the size that EQ is saving your image as. You’ll want to make your block size the same size. Click Block Worktable. Click NEW BLOCK > Applique > Motif. In the Precision Bar, change the Block Width and Block Height to the same size your image was (in step 3). Click Tracing Image > Import Image. Select your image. In the Crop box, click OK. Click Drawing Tools. You should now see your quilt in the background of the block. (If not, click the Hide/show image for tracing button on

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