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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.
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:
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.
Getting 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.
Many EQ5 users find BlockBase their favorite companion software because of the way it expands the block library by 4000 blocks.
- Over 4000 pieced block patterns
- Amazing historical as well as pattern resource for quilters and quilt historians
- 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)
- Design Notes for blocks include Brackman I.D. number, Block names, and dates
- Published Names include names, magazines or other sources, dates and some contact information for copyright notices
- Create and save projects of blocks to find them again quickly
- Export and save blocks as bitmaps of a size you specify
separate metafile pieces in other programs to create piecing diagrams
- Copy blocks as bitmaps to the Windows clipboard to paste into other Windows imaging programs
- Export and save blocks as metafiles of a size you specify
*great for teachers who want to make their own handouts!
- Copy blocks as metafiles to the Windows clipboard to paste into other Windows programs that accept vector images
- Print blocks at any size as uncolored, white, grayscale, or colored blocks
- 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
- 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
- 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 allowance
- Print block commercial template information for Marti Mitchell's Perfect Patchwork Templates, including possible block sizes, template sets required, and template pieces used
- Printing blocks in any size makes it a powerhouse for miniature quilt makers
- Quick Quilt option shows you how a one-block quilt would look with the block you choose
- Search for blocks by Block Name(example: The Priscilla, Feathered Star, Broken Wheel, Kitty Corner, etc.)
- Search for blocks by Brackman I.D. number(example: 1727a, 1270, I016, etc.)
- Search for blocks with a certain word in their name(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
- Search for blocks by keyword:
|Blocks perfect for reproduction quilts...||1785, 1795, 1805, 1815, ..., 1935, 1945|
|Blocks perfect for...||Color studies
|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|
- Search for blocks by Source(example: Nancy Cabot, Detroit Free Press, Good Housekeeping, etc.)
- 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.
- 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®)