I’d heard rumblings about BlockBase and asked Sarah at EQ for some details. Here’s what I learned.
BlockBase is an electronic version of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, which is kind of like a quilter’s block bible.
BlockBase includes more than 4300 blocks—virtually every pieced block published from 1836 to 1970—ready to print as patterns. (The Electric Quilt Company has added hundreds of blocks to BlockBase to make sure it contains all pieced blocks from historic collections.)
BlockBase includes a fully-illustrated, 80-page user manual. BlockBase is easy to use: Find a block – click on it – choose Print – type any pattern size you want.
- as templates
- as numbered foundation blocks
- as rotary cutting instructions
- as whole block designs in color, grayscale or outlines
I asked Sarah if a person needs Electric Quilt 7 (which is quilt design software) in order to use BlockBase. The answer is no, you can use BlockBase independently, but to design quilts with these blocks, or recolor with your own scanned fabrics, or modify blocks to put your own spin on tradition, you need EQ7.
By linking BlockBase with EQ7 you can use all of EQ7’s quilt design tools with the BlockBase blocks. Then you can show off your creations by exporting pictures of your quilts to use on a blog, in a newsletter or in a personal scrapbook of your own designs.
You can read much more about BlockBase on EQ’s website but you’ll definitely want in on the giveaway of five copies of BlockBase going on this week. Entering is easy. See EQ’s contest page and give your name and email and you’re all set. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 am EDT.