Tutorial – Red Buffalo Plaid Quilt
Today I share a tutorial for a Buffalo Check or plaid quilt. Shea from the Empty Bobbin Studio made this quilt and shared the pattern with us on her website. Her pattern has seven different size charts available so you can make it in whatever size best meets your need! I found the definition of buffalo plaid to be a large plaid formed by two intersecting yarn colors – typically red and black. Hmm. Well, I would say this quilt definitely meets that definition.
Buffalo Plaid Goodness:
The advice for fabric that Shea gives on her website sounds valuable: start with a cross woven fabric. You may ask, What is a cross woven fabric? It is a blend of colors made when the warp and weft threads are different thread colors. If you start with that fabric and then select your solid colors to match, that should make the process much easier. In the photo above, you can see that a red and a black solid are used, and the third fabric is a blend of the two colors. I have seen both green and blue buffalo plaids and they are equally as striking. I have also seen materials claiming to be a Buffalo Plaid but they were actually lacking the cross woven fabric element.
This tutorial uses a strip piecing method for quick results. Who doesn’t love quick results?! I’ve seen this pattern constructed either in rows or columns, whichever you are more comfortable. Whichever method you choose, that would dictate how to sew the strips together. This pattern uses the row method. Using a dark, medium and light hued fabric, you will need twice the amount of medium or the cross woven. Have I peaked your interested for making this quilt? I know I often say this, but this truly is on my short list. I love everything about the Buffalo Plaid pattern overall.
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