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Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (Third Edition) - B-ENCYC

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The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns is a MUST-HAVE BOOK for all quilters! Barbara Brackman’s popular 1993 pattern-identification book has been modernized with FULL COLOR AND LINE DRAWINGS of over 4,000 pieced quilt-block patterns. This fabulous resource book should be in every quilter’s library! This book is a perfect companion to BlockBase software! Barbara Brackman’s classic quilter’s resource, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, is brought to life on your computer with this re-release of the Electric Quilt Company’s top-selling BlockBase software. Take a nice “scroll” through all the categories while viewing the blocks in gorgeous colorings, in grayscale values, or as line drawings.

This stand-alone software (for Windows or Mac computers) lets you easily print cutting instructions, foundation patterns, and templates at any size for all 4,000+ pieced blocks from Brackman’s Encyclopedia. Search BlockBase by Brackman number, block name, theme, and key words to find the perfect pattern for your next project. With BlockBase you can go from idea to cutting and sewing in no time at all!

  • Pages: 160
  • Author: Barbara Brackman
  • Publish Date: 2020
  • Softcover

A Fan-Favorite in its Third Edition!


Barbara Brackman’s classic quilter’s resource, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, is fully modernized, updated with over 160 new blocks, and presented in full color for the first time in this third edition! All of the 4,000+ pieced quilt blocks found in this book are illustrated with both a line drawing and sample color suggestions to ensure that you will never run out of inspiration! Quilters, quilt historians, and textile enthusiasts will love the detailed information on pattern names and publication sources included with each block.

Want to print templates, rotary-cutting charts, or foundation patterns for all the blocks? Check out BlockBase+ software!

If you sew anything from the book or BlockBase+, submit a photo to our gallery so others can see!

What exactly is the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns?



The Encyclopedia is a reference primarily on how to identify quilt blocks. In the intro to the book, Barbara explains that she used 20th century magazines and articles, mainly between 1920 and 1950, and mostly from the midwest, to attempt to put a name with a block and when it was first published. This book is the result of all her research. It is organized like an encyclopedia and a great way to figure out the name of a block. With SO many blocks to look at in this book, it’s also a very inspirational tool for designing your own quilts. To learn more about how to use the book for block identification, read our blog post.

Book Details

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Page count: 522
Size: 8½” x 11″
Style: Softcover with flaps, perfect binding, full-color content

About the Author

Barbara BrackmanBarbara Brackman is a quilt historian and author from Lawrence, Kansas. She’s been fascinated by quilt patterns for forty years and could not rest until she’d indexed more than 4,000 pieced patterns for her Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. BlockBase+ is that index for the computer age. She writes several blogs about quilt history and patterns including Material Culture. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame of Marion, Indiana in 2001 and is a founding member of the American Quilt Study Group.

Video: The History Behind Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Book


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