Patchwork Gingham Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

I’m excited to have a guest writer today. Elizabeth Chappell from Quilter’s Candy. Has a super fun tutorial and free pattern for a simple Patchwork Gingham Quilt. Sometimes this style is called Buffalo Check. Either way, it’s a classic look that comes together easily. It’s perfect for using solid or woven fabrics. This design would make such a great gift for a friend. Or yourself. 😉

How to make a Buffalo Check Quilt

My name is Elizabeth Chappell, and I am the owner of Quilters Candy. I write quilt patterns, am offering a course on how to sell and write quilt patterns, and I host an online modern quilt guild. I am excited to share this tutorial and free pattern on Amy’s blog.

Do you want a free gingham quilt pattern and tutorial? I am sharing how I made this pattern a little different from other gingham quilt patterns, and also sharing a FREE PDF printable for the quilt pattern. GET FREE PATTERN HERE.

How to make a Gingham Patchwork Quilt


Every other gingham quilt pattern I found had a border that didn’t make my OCD tendencies happy. If you notice most Gingham Quilts have a border with mis-matching fabrics. That is why I created this new pattern with a border that has matching fabrics on all sides. Note the difference in these two photos:

I wanted a Gingham Quilt pattern that looked like the quilt on the bottom. I wanted a border that had matching fabrics on all sides. Yet I couldn’t find a gingham pattern (for free or for purchase) that had that. So I decided to write one, using the simplified strip piecing method. Get the free pattern HERE. (The pattern PDF will be emailed to you instantly.)

The PDF lists all of the fabric requirements, cutting, pressing, and sewing instructions. I’ll walk you through some of the steps here.

Strip Piecing your own Gingham Quilt

To make a gingham quilt, there is an easier way than cutting each square and sewing them together. This easier method is called Strip Piecing. This is what strip piecing entails:

  • Cutting strips of fabric
  • Sewing those strips together
  • Cutting the strips into new strips made up of squares
  • Sew those newly cut strips (with squares) together

Amy has some helpful advice for accurately cutting straight strips and other tips for strip-piecing here.

Steps to Making Free Gingham Quilt

Cutting Fabric Strips. My version of the pattern calls for cutting strips 5 ½” x WOF.

Pin and sew alternating fabric strips together. You will want the free pattern printable PDF for this step, as it tells you how many and which color strips to sew together.

Sew matching strips together, alternating rows so it goes Fabric A, Fabric B, Fabric A, Fabric B, and so on.


Press seams all in one direction.

Cut your sewn together strips into new rows. This step will give you strips with alternating colored squares.

NOTE: Because your fabric is too large to fit on a cutting mat, I carefully fold my sewn together strips in half. I then press it with an iron and fold in half again.

Make sure your seams line up on top of each other and are straight. This way you can cut you fabric easily. If you do not fold your fabric carefully in this step, your squares will be wonky.

With your new strips that have squares in them, sew alternating rows together. Continue to make sure the seam lines are straight using the lines on your ruler as a guide.

NOTE: Be sure to pin at each corner so the corners match and the seams nest.

How to make Gingham Patchwork QUilt with Strip Piecing

Sew all rows together. Press seams in one direction, and your quilt top is ready to be quilted! That’s it. This can be done in a matter of hours.

How to make a simple Gingham-style patchwork Quilt

Quilt in your desired method. I, personally, love to use a minky backing when I can, and send it to a long arm quilter. I consider it treating myself. 😉


(Trouble shooting: if you have any issues with this pattern PDF, please email Elizabeth directly at quilterscandybox@gmail.com.)

All you need to do now is decide what fabrics you want to use to make your gingham quilt! Be sure to use the hashtags #QuiltersCandy and #GinghamLove so we can see your finished quilt.

If you like this tutorial, be sure to visit my other free tutorials, like this one on DIY Spray Starch. Not to mention using spray starch to make your quilt will help your points to match!

More photos of my two versions, one with orange fabrics, the other with blues.

How to make a Gingham Patchwork Quilt

Orange fabrics: Warp and Weft by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society. Colors: Warp Weft Wovens Persimmon, Warp Weft Wovens Dahlia, and Warp Weft Wovens Natural. Backing, Leos Orchard by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Blue Fabrics: Peppered Cotton by Cottoneer in the following colors: Lake, Fog, and Oyster.

How to make a Buffalo Check Patchwork Quilt


Thanks Elizabeth! I’m feeling inspired to make one of these Patchwork Gingham quilts myself! I think the color combinations are endless. I also love the pop of that botanical print on the back!

Be sure to visit Elizabeth’s site Quilter’s Candy for some beautiful modern quilt inspiration.

Elizabeth also created this darling free printable Quilt Care Instruction Card as well as printable quilty Gift Tags.

This large-scale gingham quilt is such a perfect ‘on-trend’ accessory for home decor. Here are some tips for showcasing textiles like quilts in your home.

Looking for more free quilt tutorials? I’ve got a whole list of Free Quilt Tutorials Here

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  • Reply
    Rosemary B
    August 7, 2020 at 10:23 am

    THANK YOU for sharing this pattern. I want to make a lot of these gingham quilts!!

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    The Joyful Quilter
    August 7, 2020 at 11:54 am

    What a great quilt!! Thanks for sharing the pattern link here on your blog.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Elam
    August 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    The .pdf is downloading in its computer code rather than in English words, diagrams, pics. Any chance it can be fixed? Thanks!

    • Reply
      August 7, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Darn – that’s so strange! It might be an issue with your PDF reader? I can’t say for sure – I’m not as tech savvy as I’d like to be. Definitely reach out to Elizabeth at Quilter’s Candy. Here email is quilterscandybox@gmail.com

      Thanks for the heads up – I hope that will help!


  • Reply
    Little Quiltsong
    August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing this free pattern. Love that it has a ‘finished’ edge, like you mentioned in this blog post. Perfect!

  • Reply
    August 8, 2020 at 7:09 am

    So clever. Thank you for this pattern. Your peach one is stellar and the fog & oyster one is lovely. I don’t always trust my eye for color selection, but you have a great eye.

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    August 8, 2020 at 8:35 am

    What a wonderful tutorial! I love the edge finish and really appreciate having a free pattern to give this a try.

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    Beth Stoller
    August 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I’m very new to quilting and I’m excited to start learning all about it. I know this is a silly question but how do you get the sewn on pattern that I’m seeing in this quilt. I’m sure it’s not done by hand.

    • Reply
      August 10, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Really great question, Beth. The stitching that holds the three layers (front, batting, and backing) together is the actual quilting. It can be done by hand or by machine. This design looks like an allover pattern done by a longarm quilting (sewing) machine. There are lots of professional long-arm quilters who provide this service.

      This post will give a lot more information about this process: https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/10/machine-quilting-basics.html

  • Reply
    August 10, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Strip piecing – duh!

  • Reply
    August 11, 2020 at 7:42 am

    We must have the same OCD tendencies! Last year I made a red & black buffalo plaid quilt for my husband (his wiffleball team’s colors) and that off-balance configuration drove me nuts. I was in a time crunch and didn’t want to go through the effort of re-calculating and didn’t have enough fabric to add a row/column, so I left it because I knew he wouldn’t care. I’m saving your pattern right now. I love your taupe and blue colorway. So peaceful.

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    August 14, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much for creating this pattern! I feel exactly the same about the “unfinished” look of most gingham patterns. Since I’m not very good at figuring out the math, I usually just buy extra fabric and add another row and column. This will be perfect!

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    Patty Baptiste
    October 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hello Amy! In the worst way I would love your pattern called Rainbow Connection. I’m not able to find a way to purchase it though. Could you point me in the right direction?
    Many Thanks
    Patty Baptiste

    • Reply
      October 8, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Patty! Good news – I’m releasing the newly updated pattern next week! Hang tight – I’ll have a blog post with the announcement middle of next week. 🙂

  • Reply
    November 27, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Love the evenly laid out blocks! I agree that it otherwise looks unfinished – great pattern,

  • Reply
    December 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Is there an easy way to size down this pattern to make it as a baby quilt?

    • Reply
      December 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      I haven’t tried it so I don’t know, but I think it would be fairly simple using graph paper to map out the size you’re interested in. Or reach out to designer Elizabeth at quilterscandybox@gmail.com to see if she has a simple suggestion.

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    January 4, 2021 at 7:57 am

    In sub cutting the darker fabric strips(it says 7 rows) is it possible there’s an error as with the lighter fabric strips only calls for 6 rows.
    The measurement are the same so how can we get 6 rows from one lot and 7 rows from the other lot.
    Am I getting it wrong?? Thanks,
    From a learner quilter

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    January 6, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I am trying to calculate how to convert it to a queen size! But this will be my first quilt and I’m nervous! (I typically sew apparel so I have the sewing skills but not the quilting knowledge!)

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