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What is BlockBase?

It's a Block Powerhouse!

CD-ROM Version of Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. No other pattern collection comes close!

BlockBase has virtually every pieced block published from 1836-1970 - over 4000 patterns, 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.

It's easy! Find a block - click on it - choose Print - type the pattern size you want.


print any size
  • any size
  • as templates
  • as numbered foundation blocks
  • as rotary cutting instructions
  • as whole block designs in color, grayscale or outlines

Export as bitmaps or enhanced metafiles -- great for Web graphics or other projects. BlockBase even identifies which blocks are perfect for cutting with Marti Michell's Perfect Patchwork Templates!

Special search categories include blocks perfect for:

  • Reproduction Quilts
  • Miniature Quilts
  • Color Studies
  • Optical Quilts
  • Holidays

Search for:

  • State blocks
  • Anniversary or wedding blocks
  • Occupations -- find symbolic blocks perfect for your favorite lawyer, doctor, teacher or 30 other occupations
  • All star, leaf, tree, flower, airplane, animal, butterfly blocks - or dozens of other searchable categories
extensive search features

It's the ultimate quilting block resource!




Using BlockBase with EQ

All BlockBase blocks can be used in EQ. This lets you use EQ's design tools on the blocks, coloring the BlockBase blocks and setting them into quilt layouts.


BlockBase will appear in your list of Block LibrariesGetting BlockBase blocks into EQ5 is easy. The two programs will link together, letting you open the BlockBase library from inside EQ5. You can also gather up a group of blocks in BlockBase, save them together, then open that project up in EQ5.

BlockBase blocks seen through EQ5
Many EQ5 users find BlockBase their favorite companion software because of the way it expands the block library by 4000 blocks.



BlockBase Features

  1. Over 4000 pieced block patterns
  2. Amazing historical as well as pattern resource for quilters and quilt historians
  3. Blocks categorized in 22 categories just as in the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman
    (examples: Equal Nine Patch, Unequal 9 Patch Small Center, Unequal 9 Patch Large Center, Five- & Six-Pointed Stars, Eight-Pointed Stars, Stars, etc. each with subcategories)
    (Strip Quilts, One-Patch and Multi-Patch are only in the Encyclopedia)
  1. Design Notes for blocks include Brackman I.D. number, Block names, and dates
    BlockBase notecard for Feathered Star
    Published names and information for Feathered Star
  2. Published Names include names, magazines or other sources, dates and some contact information for copyright notices
  3. Create and save projects of blocks to find them again quickly
  4. Export and save blocks as bitmaps of a size you specify
export blocks as metafiles and make your own piecing diagrams

separate metafile pieces in other programs to create piecing diagrams

  1. Copy blocks as bitmaps to the Windows clipboard to paste into other Windows imaging programs
  2. Export and save blocks as metafiles of a size you specify
    *great for teachers who want to make their own handouts!
  3. Copy blocks as metafiles to the Windows clipboard to paste into other Windows programs that accept vector images
  4. Print blocks at any size as uncolored, white, grayscale, or colored blocks
  5. Print blocks at any size as foundation/ paper piecing patterns, options include white or grayscale pattern sections, mirroring/flipping the printout depending on your technique, separating pattern sections, printing as many small blocks on a page as will fit, printing with or without numbering, specifying with or without seam allowance and size of seam allowance, and changing the thickness of the lines
  6. Print blocks at any size as templates, options include with or without seam allowance, size of seam allowance, and changing the thickness of the lines
  7. Print blocks at any size as rotary cutting charts, options include choosing uncolored, grayscale, or colored version of block, specifying with or without seam allowance, and size of seam allowanceright-click on any block and view a quick quilt
  8. Print block commercial template information for Marti Mitchell's Perfect Patchwork Templates, including possible block sizes, template sets required, and template pieces used
  9. Printing blocks in any size makes it a powerhouse for miniature quilt makers
  10. Quick Quilt option shows you how a one-block quilt would look with the block you choose
  11. Search for blocks by Block Namesearch by name(example: The Priscilla, Feathered Star, Broken Wheel, Kitty Corner, etc.)
  12. Search for blocks by Brackman I.D. numbersearch by Brackman number(example: 1727a, 1270, I016, etc.)
  13. Search for blocks with a certain word in their namewildcard search(example: search for "beaut" returns 41 blocks including Water Beauty, Ladies Beautiful Star, Ohio Beauty, Black Beauty, Savannah Beautiful Star, and many more Beauties for different states or cities
  14. Search for blocks by keywordsearch by keyword:


Blocks perfect for reproduction quilts... 1785, 1795, 1805, 1815, ..., 1935, 1945
Blocks perfect for... Color studies
Miniature quilts
Optical illusions
Secondary designs
History Colonial Times
Historic characters
Historic events
Wild West
Holidays and Occasions Birthdays, Christmas, Columbus Day, Easter, Father's Day, ... Valentine's Day
Home and Family Baby, Children, Community, Father, ..., Pets, Women's names
Nature Animals, Beach, Birds, ..., Water, Weather, Winter
Occupations Accountant, Actor/Actress, Antique store owner, Architecht, ..., Teacher, TV or Radio employee, Waiter/Waitress, Weaver, Writer, Zoo Keeper
Recreation and Sports Card playing, dancing, games, sewing, toys
Travel Airplanes, Boats, Cities, Nationalities, States, Trains


  1. Search for blocks by Sourcesearch by source(example: Nancy Cabot, Detroit Free Press, Good Housekeeping, etc.)
  2. Search for blocks then use the "Find in BlockBase" button to locate where this block is categorized. The result is finding other blocks with similar structure, piecing methods, appearance, and variations of the original block.
  3. Linkable to EQ4 and EQ5, and would appear in the Block Library of either of those programs


System requirements for EQ7

  • Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows 7®, or Windows 8®
  • 20 MB free hard disk space
  • CD-ROM drive


Compatible with EQ6 and EQ7 [but not required]
Will also run on a Macintosh® running Windows® plus emulation software (such as Parallels®)


Blockbase CD ROM Block Encyclopedia

Marti Michell, You do not need EQ with this software.
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