12 Days of Needful Things…Day 8

DAY 8-Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns Book.

This book…hands down… is a MUST have for any quilter.  When you have this book in your quilt book library you will be “complete” as a quilter.  If the house was burning down and I could only grab one quilting book, this is what I would have chosen… I think, my book here is a first edition…the new book that is shown in the first picture is the third edition. This is a highly sought after book….look what it is going for on Ebay….

But now we can ALL own the newest and updated version from Barbara Brackman, who has teamed up with Electric Quilt Co. in the making of this book!

This book is such a treasured resource for any quilter, whether you design your own quilt blocks or you are just looking for the perfect one to go with your nine-patch alternating blocks.  If you are a beginning quilter, remember you will not always be a beginner.  The more you quilt, your skills will evolve, as well as your desire to make more challenging projects.  You will find yourself designing or re-arranging your patterns. You will start to add your changes to already designed patterns and then one day you will be picking blocks and coming up with your own setting for those blocks.  This is where a book like this comes in.  But more than that….the history of each of these blocks is fascinating.  My book is from 1993 and has the designer and the year their blocks came into the world and where they were published.  Maybe someday there will be a Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings block in the 10th edition!!! HA! A girl can hope! 

I do not have the new book in my hands…because it comes out on 12/24/2020…So I am impatiently waiting!!!!   My book has over 550 pages. So I did a little research on the new book.  As you can see it is much prettier and it still has over 500 pages. Also, this book would not be possible without 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.

We are giving you 12$ off the retail price of the book for this Needful Things promotion.

The giveaway for this day will be a purchase giveaway…For every 25 books we sell, one of you who purchases it, we are giving it to you free.  If you win we will contact you and ask if you want us to credit your purchase or we will give you a gift certificate in the amount of the book.  Good luck…and I am so excited for you and me, to get this book.  If you do own a first, or second edition, feel free to comment about your book and how you use it.

Click HERE to get your book!

 Thank you for taking the time out of your day to come here to our Needful Things,!!!    Lisa


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I live on a lake in beautiful Butte Des Morts, WI. I have three sons: Lance (forever 29), Luke 33, Jake 32, and two grand-babies, Little Man and O-Bug. I've been married to the love of my life Nick, since 1998 when we started our crazy adventure together! I am a quilter, rugger, and gardener. I also love to cook when I get the chance. Thanks for visiting and supporting Primitive Gathering Quilt Shop where I try to bring you the best Moda fabrics and wool projects anywhere!

45 thoughts on “12 Days of Needful Things…Day 8

  1. This is a real bargain. I use my 3rd edition so often, I wouldn’t be without it. Thank you for the special price and the giveaway.

  2. Well some how I missed the boat on this gem. I knew about block base but I really had no interest in the computer format. How did I not know about the book!

  3. I have the first edition of this book. It truly is amazing. I’ve often looked at it for historical information. I am pondering getting the color version. That would be so nice. This book really is a must for any quilter.

  4. I inherited my Barbara Brackman book about a year ago. But, I also recieved three more boxes of books. So, at that time, I opened the book, was intrigued by it, and placed it back into the box, until the family area gets completed in the lower level and have bookshelves.

  5. I have an older version as well – with the CD downloaded in my laptop. Love the fact that every block can be several sizes including how to cut with templates as well as rotary cutting. Barbara Brackman is so knowledgeable and has such a wealth of historical information on her various blogs. Looking forward to seeing your “Lisa” block someday! 😉

  6. I do have the first edition. Its my go to for inspiration, especially when my quilt group does a quilt challenge!

  7. I have the 1993 edition and look at it often just for fun or to look for specific blocks. Looking forward to the new edition!

  8. I have a first edition copy of this book and it is an amazing resource book to use when trying to identify blocks used in quilts or when I am trying to design or draft an original quilt or quilt block.

  9. It is in my wish list, waiting for the rest of the goodies you will be showing so I can do my purchase.

  10. What a beautiful book! And what a great gift idea for quilting friends!!!! Love that she’s a Kansas gal……jmh

  11. I went digging & apparently I own every other book you could possibly buy but didn’t see this one- it’s now ordered!!

  12. What an awesome book. I used to have one, but in different moves it has disappeared, gosh darn it. Would love to win one

  13. I am a bit behind in posts, all caught up. I have many of the items from yesterday post….thanks to you. LOVE my iron!

  14. I have the second edition (which is what you have as well), along with BlockBase, . I use mine all the time. BTW, I believe the first edition was essentially a loose leaf edition, that could be put into a binder. Not many of those out there! Such a wonderful tool for quilters!

  15. A wonderful testimony to a book I ordered yesterday from Equilt Co because another designer mentioned it I am looking forward to having it in hand when it ships I love Quilt Books and I am truly thankful for the videos that enhance the written word and pictures

  16. I agree it’s a wonderful reference book, many years ago Don Beld suggested it to me so I bought it.

  17. I’m so excited to get this book and for a great price. I’ve heard about it for the past few years but was unwilling to pay a high price for a used book. Thanks for offering it.

  18. This was one of the first books I bought when I started quilting – it’s very much well used and well loved!

  19. I have the first edition and love it for the variety of blocks and inspiration. Barbara Blackman has provided the quilt world with a wealth of quilt history. Thank you Barbara ❤️

  20. Thanks Lisa for making this available at a discounted price. I will definitely order one! I’m sure it will be very useful!

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