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BlockBase+ Top Ten: #6 Sample Quilt Layouts

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

As the release of BlockBase+ draws nearer, we’re going to break down some of the best features of the software! 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!  :-D

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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 love it!

Using BlockBase+ with EQ8

If you own EQ8, you’ll be able to use the BlockBase+ blocks in EQ8 to design your own quilts! Then you can create those quilt samples you saw in BlockBase+ and so many more!

Comparing BlockBase+ to the original BlockBase

BlockBase+ is a re-release of BlockBase software. The original version was on a disk and only worked on Windows computers. The CD version is still a great program, but we’ve made lots of improvements and added 161 new blocks to this new one, plus it’s compatible with Macs! The new user interface maximizes the block view so you can see more blocks on your screen at a time, and now you can view all the blocks as line drawings if you want! We have also made it easier to view source information for each block without having to dig for it, plus added this quilt layout feature! Stay tuned to our BB+ Top Ten posts to hear more about what you can do with BlockBase+ software!

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What our beta testers are saying

“A favorite features is the Quilt Layout button, which takes any block and in seconds allows you to see it in seven different preset design layouts. So many quilts I now want to make, so little time. ” – Karen K.

“It is fun to see different quilt layouts that are possible for the blocks.” – Julie P.

“I am a big fan of EQ8 and Brackman’s book. Putting the two together is great! In BlockBase+ I really like being able to some quilt layouts instantly. That is a fantastic feature.” – Diane C.

Rose Whispers Challenge – Winners Announced!

Posted 03-02-2021 by Christine | Posted in: Congratulations

Loved seeing the colorful entries come in for the Rose Whispers challenge! Check out the beautiful entries we received here! Thanks to all who participated! Winners Two winners were selected… one by Benartex and the other by Eleanor Burns herself! A big congrats to…. Benartex’s choice: Amanda Riddle “My goal was to showcase the beautiful, large floral prints in Rose Whispers while using the rich, dark colors to frame out those patterns. I started with the simple idea of using a double sawtooth star block and made everything else up as I went. I really enjoyed joining this competition for the first time using the EQ8 software for the first time!” – Amanda And… Eleanor Burns’ choice: Pat Rother “This is such a lovely collection I chose a scrappy palette and a simple, traditional block to showcase many of the fabrics. I love stripes in sashing and binding and Eleanor’s were

BlockBase+ Sew Along Announcement!

Posted 03-01-2021 by Jenny | Posted in: BlockBase+ Sew Alongs

BlockBase+ will be released in just a couple of weeks and we can’t wait to share this new software with all of you! To celebrate, we’re hosting a new BlockBase+ Sew Along here on the blog and we hope you can join us. Following along with this series will be a great way to get comfortable with your new software and make some fun blocks too! The sew along starts Monday, March 29th! About BlockBase+ BlockBase+ (BB+ for short) is the software version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book. Electric Quilt published the new, full-color third edition of this beloved book in the fall of 2020. We decided the software needed an update too, along with lots of new features! You can read about the new features in the BlockBase+ Top Ten series here on the blog! (Own a previous version of the BlockBase software? The original

Design & Discover – Creating a Design from an Image

Posted 03-01-2021 by Heidi | Posted in: Design & Discover

What if you have an image of a quilt you’d like to design in EQ8? Here are some tips for recreating quilts in EQ8. There are two main parts….figuring out the blocks and figuring out the layout. First, look at the quilt and see if you notice any blocks that you know by name. If so, find them in the EQ8 Block Library by searching by notecard by name. You can also try searching By Category with information you know about the block…For example for this block you could choose Pieced and Other Stars. Another option is to browse likely Block Library categories to see if you can find the block you are looking for. Even if you find something similar, you can edit the block. If you can’t find the block you can draw it. In this example you could also just use half square triangles. Just rotate and recolor. Or, try to analyze the quilt and see if you can break

EQ Design Challenge & Giveaway – Chinoiserie Garden

Posted 03-01-2021 by coop | Posted in: Contests

March’s Fabric of the Month is Chinoiserie Garden by Sandy Lynam Clough for P&B Textiles! This collection includes so many beautiful patterns that will add a touch of elegance to any quilt! Bundles of these new fabrics will be given away based on P&B Textiles’ top picks! Submit your EQ design featuring Chinoiserie Garden below… all instructions and contest details are in this post. Good luck! To enter Design your own, original quilt in EQ using the Chinoiserie Garden fabrics then submit an image of it by 11:59pm ET on March 31, 2021. (Instructions for how to submit an image are at the bottom of this post.) Download the free Chinoiserie Garden fabrics for EQ here Rules Your EQ Quilt must only use fabrics from the Chinoiserie Garden collection. In addition, one solid color may be used. 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

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #7 Favorite Blocks

Posted 02-27-2021 by Christine | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

As the release of BlockBase+ draws nearer, we’re going to break down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #7 – Favorite Blocks There’s a good chance you’re going to want to keep track of some of your favorite blocks in BlockBase+, or perhaps just save some for later. Rather than having to find those blocks again when you need them, you can, with one click, add them to your Favorites! Simply select a block and click the Add to Favorites button to “favorite” that block. Then view the Favorites panel to see them all! You’ll know which blocks you’ve favorited when you’re browsing the library because they’ll have little hearts on them! How cool is that?! You can remove a block from your favorites just as easily as you added it by clicking the Remove from Favorites button. Comparing BlockBase+ to the

BlockBase+ Top Ten: #8 Search for Blocks

Posted 02-24-2021 by Christine | Posted in: BB+ Top Ten BlockBase+ New Products

As the release of BlockBase+ draws nearer, we’re going to break down some of the best features of the software! Click here to see all the BB+ Top Ten posts. #8 - Search for Blocks Even though the 4,000+ blocks in BlockBase+ are sorted into lots of helpful categories and sub-categories, we thought you might want a few different ways to search for blocks… that way you can quickly find what you’re looking for! Below are the ways you can search in Blockbase+. Search by Brackman ID Every block in BlockBase+ has a Brackman ID number as its name. The Brackman ID comes from the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book by Barbara Brackman. If you know the Brackman ID of the block you are looking for, enter the number in the search field and click the Search button. Did you know Barbara’s numbering scheme is based on the arrangement of the patches that make

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