A Must-Have Quilt Resource Book for Quilters

In the fall of 2020 I had the opportunity to pre-order the quilt resource book Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns – Third Edition by Barbara Brackman.
Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Pattern – Third Edition by Barbara Brackman.

This is an amazing book that contains over 4000 illustrated quilt block patterns along with their names and some bit of history about the block. It’s a one-stop-shop for quilt pattern identification and quilt inspiration.

It will also be available as a Blockbase software sometime in the spring of 2021. Can’t wait to use it with my EQ8.

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Pattern – Third Edition by Barbara Brackman

I’ve been eyeing and considering a basket block using my 1930’s reproduction fabrics. There’s about 9 pages in this book with pictures and illustrations of various basket blocks that have appeared through out the years. There’s several baskets from the 30’s so it looks like I have some choices.

Basket blocks from Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns
Page from Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman

I put together this sample one before I received the book. I’m going to look through the illustrations to see if I can find the one I made.

My Basket Block Sample

I found an illustration similar to my block on page 75 and listed as “710b May Basket – KC Star 10/17/1947.” Good to know the date because I will look for a basket that came out or was featured in print sometime in the late 1920s or 1930s. There are also baskets that have appliqué handles and or flowers that I can choose from among the illustrations.

Below is a YouTube video you might enjoy that provides some background on the history of this book. It really is a wonderful reference book and a must-have to the avid quilter.

YouTube on the History Behind Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Book

If you are interested in purchasing this book, here’s a few of the places that are offering it for sale.

The Electric Quilt

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Fat Quarter Shop – (Affiliate Link)

I wish everyone a good week!



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