A New Pattern - Balderdash

Sep 30, 2022 - 12:23pm

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I am so excited to share with you all my new quilt Balderdash.

Balderdash Quilt by Emma Jean Jansen

Balderdash is an excellent quilt to showcase those special large prints including fun novelty fabrics.

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

The quilt pattern comes with instruction for 3 sizes:

BABY SIZE: 39” x 39” / 92cms x 92cms
SMALL THROW: 57” x 57” / 146cms x 146cms
LARGE THROW: 75” x 75” / 192cms x 192cms

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

The two smaller sizes in this pattern are Fat Quarter friendly and the Large throw uses 1/2 yards. The quilt is perfect for showcasing large scale prints that you don't want to cut up. Easy diagrams and colouring sheets are included to make planning your quilt that little bit easier. There are also suggested layouts for all three sizes and fabric swatches.

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

My first Balderdash quilt was made with a collection of fabrics from Ruby Star Society. Some were from the range Honey by Alexia Marcelle  and others from thier collaborative range, Darlings 2. I used some low volume fabrics from my stash to make the crosses.

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

The 2nd Balderdash quilt was made using a number of different ranges, including a number of my own designs from past collections. The crosses in this quilt were made from a dark grey chambray.

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

The third quilt was made using a selection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I am yet to quilt this version but have also picked some Anna Maria Horner fabric for the backing and binding.

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen    Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

There's a little bit of a story behind the Balderdash Quilt. I actually drew it up over a year ago but really struggled to work out how I could make it into a pattern.  Although this quilt is quite simple, just squares and half square triangles, I needed to be able to make it from pre-cuts and to make the cutting really simple. I ended up changing the original layout which made it so much easier to explain the cutting and piecing of the quilt. Now for the name, it was a suggestion from my friend Jodi over at Tales of Cloth. At the time of piecing the first version of the quilt, I was struggling with a bad back, a tooth extraction and my son Henry had gastro. It was actually amazing I got any sewing done at all that week. I had know idea for a name and Jodi suggested Balderdash. Meaning: senseless talk or writing; nonsense. It seemed like the perfect name for me.
Fast forward to this week when I planned to released the pattern and Henry is getting over a pretty serious cough, I have his caught the cold that gave him his cough and then I also got conjunctivitis. Balderdash. Perfect.

Fingers crossed now I have finished the quilts, life will get back to normal. Here's Hoping!

Grab the Balderdash Pattern here!

Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen   Balderdash Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

Nov 28, 2022 - 2:28pm

Julie K: I have a huge line of fabric I've been hoarding, waiting for the perfect pattern to showcase the beautiful florals. I also have a fat quarter pack stashed away, same issue. I'm so excited to give this a try! I have colored an idea sheet, trialing different neutrals for the crosses. Thanks for the great pattern!

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