Friday, January 14, 2022

Buffalo Plaid Quilt Tutorial

After seeing (and petting) some soft flannel in my LQS, I decided to make a simple quilt with nice easy squares and large meander quilting.  I'd always wanted to make a buffalo plaid quilt and in case you do too, you can find a brief tutorial below.  (I used the Yuletide Gatherings Flannel.)

My quilt finished at 55'' x 55''.  You can easily change the size of your quilt by adding or subtracting the rows and columns or even changing the size of the blocks.  The fabric requirements are for a quilt which finishes at 55" x 55".

Buffalo Plaid Quilt Tutorial

Fabric Requirements 

  • Dark Gray (DG) - 1 yard
  • Light Gray (LG) - 1.5 yards
  • White (W) - 0.75 yard
  • Binding - 0.5 yard (assumes binding cut at 2.25")
  • Backing - 3 yards


Cut 5 1/2'' x WOF strips from each.  You will need 6 strips of the DG, 9 strips of the LG, and 4 strips of the W.  Each 5 1/2'' x WOF strip will yield seven (7) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" squares.  Cut the required number as shown in table below.
Quilt Assembly

Assemble 6 rows of DG and LG squares.  Each row uses 6 DG and 5 LG.  Press seams towards the LG.

Assemble 5 rows of the LG and W squares.  Each row uses 6DG and 5W.  Press seams towards the LG.

Join rows together, alternating the DG/LG row with the LG/W row, ending with the DG/LG row.  Pin at each intersection to ensure seams stay nested.

Quilt and enjoy!  I used a basic large meander on my domestic machine.  It only used 2 bobbins and didn't take long to quilt!

If you make a buffalo plaid quilt using this tutorial, please let me know!

Pin for later:

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Great tutorial and it looks like you found the perfect backing print, too!

  2. How nice of you to create this tutorial! This Buffalo print quilt is a simple, but very effective design, isn't it? Made from flannel, I'm sure it's got the wonderful cuddliness that's perfect on a cold winter evening. You've done a really nice job with this one.

  3. This quilt pattern and fabric choices are the perfect choices for the XY chromosome recipient (male).

  4. Plaid is a great colour. ☺ The backing is perfect.

  5. This quilt looks comfy and the colours are great. thank you for sharing.

  6. Such an "easy" make with the right things hanging around. Great tutorial! I am going to have to organize some fabric and see what might work!

  7. Thank for the tutorial Patty :-)

  8. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for this fun quilt.


Thanks for visiting Elm Street Quilts. Looking forward to hearing from you!