Buffalo… Check!

Can we please talk about my obsession today?

I’ve had a crush on buffalo check for the last couple of years now (have you noticed it’s my blog theme?). I’m particularly in love with the light, flax/linen color (someday I may stray from my love of neutrals and blues, but not anytime soon).

I’ve always adored gingham, and like any print, it just seems so much more enticing blown up. Aren’t large-scale prints the best?

From The Enchanted Home
Southern Living Idea House 2012: Farmhouse Restoration http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/idea-houses/idea-house-photo-tour/khaki-gingham-bedroom

I’ve been keeping my eye out for resources forever! Not many products come in this fabric, though Ballard Designs JUST began carrying it (link here), so i realized I’d need to buy some fabric and commit to sewing things myself.

I found it by a couple of designers but it seemed my choices were either more per yard than I wanted to, or order a bulk amount and end up with way too much fabric.

Then, thanks to a blog I follow called “Dixie Delights,” I learned that IKEA of all places sold the fabric in a fantastic shade (not too yellow or peachy). You can check out the rest of the Big Boy Room reveal pictured below by clicking here.

From Dixie DelightsIsn’t it a fantastic room? I would be happy to call it my own; I think that lucky boy has his own little slice of heaven! It also features some burlap touches that make it lovely.

January 2013 035 copy_thumbAnd the print from The Old Try (closed Sundays, even online), is on my favorites list for, prayerfully, our own future children. It reads “yes ma’am no ma’am yes sir no sir please thank you”

Anyway, back to the buffalo check hunt! berta-ruta-fabric__0134149_PE290050_S4

I learned that IKEA offers this fabric at just $8.99 per yard! THAT is a price I love. However, I soon found that it’s not sold online; only in stores. Bummer. I kept the fabric option in mind for months, but couldn’t bring myself to drive hours to the nearest location just for some fabric.

When we traveled to Minnesota this summer, I was finally able to pick up some fabric! I literally begged my family to set aside for the trip (you can laugh at me, but weren’t they sweet to indulge me?). Between IKEA, my family, and John Piper’s home church (I didn’t get to attend but dreamed about it), Minneapolis became one of my favorite cities.

Now the sewing has begun! So far, two pillows are complete. Curtains are in the works next, but I’m dreading lining those long panels (laziness and inexperience are brutal hurdles).I’ve got some hilariously pitiful swatches hanging with frayed edges just so I can study them for a bit before I  “commit.”

Hope to share the finished project soon, though it will look NOTHING like those glossy magazine-worthy shots, it’ll be a small peak of happiness.  Here’s a little peek below. Untitled

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