Bookworthy: The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

Barbara Brackman
Spring 2021

This one-of-a-kind resource is the result of more than 40 years of research by quilt historian Barbara Brackman. The book initially grew out of her quest to find the name of every quilt pattern. But after decades of study, she now acknowledges that quilt pattern names vary widely by region and time period.

The third edition of Brackman’s Encyclopedia adds over 160 new blocks to the 4,000+ found in previous versions and is presented in full colour for the first time. All of the pieced quilt block patterns are illustrated with both a line drawing and sample colour suggestions that are based on the black and white shading of the original patterns, ensuring that quilters will never run out of inspiration! Textile enthusiasts will love the detailed information on pattern names and publication sources included with each block pattern. The book is easy to use: look up block designs by name to find a perfectly themed pattern, search by layout and construction information to find the name of the pattern in a historic quilt, or just browse the pages until your next quilting project catches your eye.

Beloved by both modern and traditional quiltmakers and quilt historians, Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns is a one-stop-shop for quilt pattern identification and ideas for your next quilting project.

The Electric Quilt Company will also be releasing an updated version of its popular BlockBase software (sold separately) for both Windows and Mac in early 2021, which allows users to easily print templates, rotary cutting charts and foundation paper piecing patterns for any of the 4,000+ blocks found in Brackman’s Encyclopedia. Users can print the templates and charts for any size block they need, bringing Barbara’s research to life in their own sewing rooms.

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