I think 2015 must be the year of the buffalo. Well, buffalo check, anyway. Or buffalo plaid. Whatever you call it… I love it!
My sister and mom and I decided to make quilts that resemble the red and black check pattern. Rather than piece it with a LOT of squares, I decided to strip piece mine, speeding things up considerably! My quilt is 66″x82-1/2″, but I am mentally plotting a couple of baby quilts, too.
Quilt math is something I no-so-secretly love, so I made a set of directions and included several size options- the throw size I made, and every bed size from Baby to King. There’s a mini quilt, too!
The key to picking fabric is to find a great blend fabric. You can certainly use a solid, but the plaid effect really takes shape if you use a cross woven fabric, which means different thread colors are used for the warp and weft. My best advice? Start with a cross woven fabric that you like and build the two solids around that.
If these fabrics are new to you, check out the following:
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics Essex Linens and Chambrays
- Westminster Fabrics Shot Cottons
- Moda Fabrics Cross Weaves
- Studio E Peppered Cottons
A few shops near me carry a great selection. If you can’t find any local to you, try Modern Makers/Cucire here in Kansas City, Sarah’s Fabrics in Lawrence, KS and Hawthorne Threads, and Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids in Pepper and Red (though I would pick Kona Rich Red if I make it again) and a Westminster shot cotton in Bordeaux. For the backing, I used Robert Kaufman Shetland Flannel in Grey. Sooooo soft! I wanted the quilting to be minimal, to keep the quilt more cozy and less stiff. Simple corner to corner quilting did the trick and was so quick, too!
You can download the Buffalo Check Quilt pattern here! If you make one, please shout at me on Instagram (@emptybobbin) or use the hashtag #thebuffalocheckquilt so I can see what you made!