The computer quilter will find 4,300 blocks in Blockbase. Quilt historian Barbara Brackman's collaboration with Electric Quilt has put her book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, at the finger tips of computer quilters through a colorful library catalog card file organized by name, style, or number with extensive search capabilities included.
Blockbase is is a CD-ROM Version of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (now out of print). BlockBase has virtually every pieced block published from 1836-1970.
Blockbase is an Electric Quilt Add-on powerhouse with 4,300 blocks found in from the book! No other pattern collection comes close! These same patterns sold in 1928 for 15 cents each and are yours in BlockBase for less than 2 cents apiece! IF you own Electric Quilt Software the blocks will become part of EQ Block Libraries.
BLOCKBASE for Windows
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Click to open PDF File of Block Examples from Block Base
Electric Quilt Company collaboration with Barbara Brackman brings her book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (out of print) to Blockbase. The Blockbase CD has virtually all the pieced quilt patterns published between 1836 and 1970 with historical data that includes names and origin sources, over 4000 blocks. Blockbase has easy-to-use search options and it will print a block to any size, with templates, and when applicable, it will print rotary cutting instructions or paper piecing numbering and sections.
Electric Quilt Company has been making quilting software now for several years and they are very attentive to the consumer's wishes. This shows in Blockbase because it is so easy to use. You do not need to be computer guru or have lots of experience to run Blockbase. The interface will guide you right through the program operations.
There are 5 different search icons. Each icon has a mouse over tip that helps you identify the search options. Hint: To see the tip, hover the mouse over the icon without clicking and a tip will appear identifying the icon operation.
Or you can use the Search Menu. (See )
HINT: Save your searches or selected blocks in prj. files for future reference.
To save, use the Sketchbook icons.
If these icons look familiar to the Electric Quilt users it is because they are similar to the Sketchbook buttons found in Electric Quilt and have the same functions. The Sketchbook allows you to save multiple blocks to a file that can be saved for future reference OR the prj. file can also be opened in Electric Quilt 4. Use the mouse over tip to identify each icon's function.
Hint: Use the icons to quickly find out the power behind Blockbase. The icons are self identifying with mouse over tips that tell you the purpose of the icon.
Export Blocks as bitmaps or .emf files.
Two Methods to Export Blocks to Electric Quilt:
There are no Drawing Tools in Blockbase but by Importing a Blockbase block into Electric Quilt a block can be modified using the EQ draw and paint tools by changing lines, color, adding fabric and adding it to a quilt layout.
Help Options for learning BLOCKBASE:
The Blockbase manual is 106 pages of well written lessons and information on how to search, find out what's new in Version 2 for Windows, and operations.
Online help is extensive, well written, and easy to follow. Search the online help by Content (see example to the left) and by index.
Find the online help by going to the top menu bar and selecting Help.
To learn how to print help files and use online help files more effectively, go to Sharla Hicks article, 4 Part Series on Using Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs.