Have you ever looked at a quilt and tried to figure out which block the quiltmaker used? Have you debated with a friend about the “official” name of a favorite pattern? Perhaps you’re a designer looking for inspiration for your next quilt. The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (Third Edition) is an essential for quilters of all levels and interests — and it has a great story.
The first edition of this pattern-identification book was originally self-published by the legendary Barbara Brackman in 1993. Back then, it was just a binder with each block hand drawn and indexed into her newly developed system. It was the American Quilter’s Society that converted her binder into a hardcover book that ended up on the bookshelves of quilters around the world. Today, the third edition is 522 pages and includes 4,000+ pieced quilt blocks — all of which have been modernized and, for the first time, are presented in full color. Each identified pattern is illustrated and now comes with sample color suggestions.
Quilters, quilt historians, and textile enthusiasts will love the detailed information on pattern names and publication sources included with each block pattern. The third edition of the Encyclopedia makes it easy to look up block designs by name; search by layout or construction to find the name of the pattern used in that old quilt you inherited; or just browse the pages until your next quilting project catches your eye!