If you’re a quilter, chances are you love buffalo check and gingham. These timeless fabrics exude a sense of warmth, comfort, and belonging. Buffalo check in particular has become a hot design trend, a contemporary classic. I’m excited to share a new quilt pattern with you today, one that pairs a buffalo check motif with oversized, modern pumpkins and bold, classic stars: Buffalo Check Autumn!
Buffalo Check Autumn finishes at 72 1/2” x 84 1/2”. For your reference, in my photographs I have layered it atop a coverlet on a queen-sized bed. The quilt fits the visual space on the bed so nicely, but it would also look lovely on a smaller bed or tossed casually on a sofa.
The sewing construction for this quilt is straight forward. If you can handle sewing stripsets, half square triangles and corner triangles, then making this quilt will be a snap. The only tricky part (I promise it’s not too tricky) is that you have to pay attention to the pattern of whites, lights and darks in the buffalo check. But don’t worry. My pattern includes lots of tips and reminders along the way.
For the pattern designer (me) the trickiest part of making this quilt was determining which white, light and dark fabrics would work together to create an authentic looking buffalo check, while not overpowering the pumpkins or stars. After much testing, I settled on three Moda Bella Solids that I think work beautifully together. (I’ve listed the Bella Solid names in the material requirements near the end of this post.)
I absolutely love my denim/navy stars, which were created with Moda’s Indigo Chambray (#12051 13) and the navy text print from Sweetwater’s Sweet Tea collection. But I had also considered sewing black stars or purple stars, or a combination of black and purple stars, for a Halloween vibe. I’m eager to see the fabric choices other quilters make for their Buffalo Check Autumn quilts. Please keep me posted on social media if you make this quilt.
Now I have to give a heart-felt shout out to Jennifer of Farm Fresh Stitches, who did the wonderful machine quilting. Jennifer and I messaged back and forth trying to decide on the right quilting motif. She absolutely crushed it with this selection, which we think resembles the first leaves sprouting on a pumpkin seedling. As it turns out, Jennifer grew up on a family farm that raised hundreds of acres of pumpkins. As her father drove the tractor, she sat on a little seat on the planter, where her job was to turn a wheel that dispensed the seeds. We were both a little emotional having this conversation across the miles . . . two grown up farm girls with a shared love of quilting.