- Customers receive both Mac® and Windows® versions of BlockBase+ upon purchasing.
- BlockBase+ is a standalone program. No other software required.
- Package contains a Hardcopy Download License for the Software.
From the pages of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns book, BlockBase+ brings over 4,000 quilt blocks to your computer screen. Barbara’s decades of research is available to you in this organized and user-friendly software for Windows and Mac computers. Packed with complete publication information for each block, robust search features, exporting and printing capabilities — it’s the perfect quilting tool for all skill levels! The same patterns that sold for 15¢ in 1928 are now yours for less than 3¢ each!
This software is a perfect companion to the Encyclopedia book!
Is there overlap between the BlockBase+ blocks and EQ8 blocks?
Between the 4,200+ BlockBase+ blocks and 6,700+ EQ8 blocks, there are probably a couple hundred duplicates, but those will be the more generic blocks like a 9-patch, Ohio Star, Bear’s Paw, etc. So, you’ll still have thousands of unique blocks to play with!
Will BlockBase+ work on your computer? Check the System Requirements at the bottom of this page below before purchasing.
This stand-alone software (for Windows or Mac computers) lets you easily print rotary-cutting instructions, templates, foundation patterns, export image files, or export SVG files at any size for all 4,000+ pieced blocks from Brackman’s Encyclopedia.
The most intuitive and inspiring block-printing software available!
- View blocks in color, grayscale, and as line drawings
- Perform advanced searches to find the perfect block
- Export blocks as JPG, PNG, and SVG files
- Print blocks as templates, foundation patterns, or rotary cutting charts at any size, with or without seam allowance
- Learn the published names and original sources of each block
- Preview blocks in pre-determined quilt layouts
- Link blocks to EQ8 software!
- Plus more!
Scroll through 4,264 blocks organized in categories of One Patch, Non-Square, Fans, Wheels, Stars, and many more! Zoom in on a block to see it in full detail! Learn the original published names for each block and from what source each was first published. Some blocks have multiple names and sources!
View the blocks in color, grayscale values, or as line drawings!
BlockBase+ comes with advanced search features! If you have the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from Barbara Brackman, you can use the search feature to find a block based on the Brackman ID listed in the book. Or you can search by keyword, source, or category (skill level, piecing style, etc.) to scour the database for blocks based on specific criteria.
Below are the search results for beginner blocks that are new to BlockBase+ and contain only triangles.
BlockBase+ is a block-printing powerhouse! Choose to print a picture of the block, templates, rotary cutting chart, or foundation pattern. Each printing style comes with customizable settings so your printout fits your needs. Enter the desired finished size and seam allowance, then print!
Preview of Block and Foundation printouts:
Preview of Template and Rotary Cutting printouts:
Use the interactive print preview to move and rotate pattern pieces on the pages. Add new pages if necessary! Include a 1-inch scale square to ensure your printouts are true to size! Not ready to print and sew? Save your customized preview as a PDF file to come back to later!
Every block can be exported as a low- or high-resolution PNG or JPG file to use in documents, on the web, or just to show your friends the next block you plan to sew!
If you have a digital fabric cutter, BlockBase+ can export SVG files for use in digital fabric-cutting machines. Choose the size and save the file for your cutter!
Preview of SVG template export for block 2948 with 1/4″ seam allowance:
Choose a block to view in 7 pre-designed quilt layouts. The selected block will display in a simple click-through dialogue so you can preview that block in different settings. You’ll be amazed by the secondary designs created when some of these blocks are repeated in a layout! (These quilt layouts are for preview purposes only. There is no quilt pattern or project file for EQ software.)
Link to EQ8!
For additional fun, link BlockBase+ to your EQ8 Quilt Design Software. All the blocks in BlockBase+ will link to your EQ8 block library. Use these blocks to designs quilts or edit the blocks to create new variations! If you already own EQ8, you will need to make sure you’re on the most current version of EQ8 to link to BlockBase+.
(EQ8 software not required. Linking BlockBase+ to EQ8 only gives EQ8 access to the blocks. No other features from BlockBase+ will be added to EQ8.)
Minimum System Requirements:
BlockBase+ will not run on Chromebooks or any devices running Android or iOS. BlockBase+ requires Windows or Mac operating systems, as listed below.
- Windows 10
- macOS Big Sur (11), Catalina (10.15), Mojave (10.14); Intel or M1 chip processors
Internet Access Required
Internet access required for downloading, activating, periodic validation and accessing the support materials. You can be disconnected from the internet for general use of the software.
This product is a single-user license and includes 2 activations per license. Once the software is purchased, the license is non-transferable.
Unlimited installations. Two (2) computers may be simultaneously active. Activations can be easily transferred between computers.
250 MB of available hard-disk space for installation. Additional free space require during installation.
Minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 720, or greater.