The Search view lets you search for blocks using a variety of different criteria. Every block in BlockBase+ has a Brackman ID number as its name.

If you know the Brackman ID of the block you are looking for, enter the Brackman ID number in the search field and click the Search button.

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About Brackman’s Numbering Scheme

Barbara Brackman, a quilter, quilt historian and author, has written numerous books on quilting. Her most popular, the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, is based on research she began in her 20s. She drew blocks on index cards, noting each one’s name, publication date, and assigning it a number. Her numbering scheme is based on the arrangement of the patches that make up the pieced block.

Some patterns have letters after the number. These blocks have the same arrangements of patches but different shading.

1802a - 1802b - 1802c
1802a – 1802b – 1802c

Some patterns have decimal points so that Brackman could insert newly found patterns into her numbering system.

Brackman’s original index cards are now at the International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska.

For a copy of the Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, click here.