Answers Regarding Bullseye Quilt

I have swerved many questions in the comments but will try to clarify for everyone.

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On a side note, I’m not sure why this link didn’t work – I’m hoping it fixed itself – haha!

1. Quilt measures 58″ x 74″.

2. Two borders on original quilt, one narrow, one wide – optional. I did not list border fabric in requirements. Wait till your blocks are finished.

3. Nearly any fabric will work. The blocks are very forgiving.

4. No circle “rulers” are needed.

5. Smallest squares could be eliminated because trimming will produce fabric for the 4″ circles.

6. Background fabrics could also be repeated- you just risk getting two identical fabrics together in the same block.

7. 8″ and 6″ squares can also be repeated if you wish. More fabrics guarantee more interest and make it easier to assemble blocks because you’re not having to watch what goes with what.

8. Many of you have made this in a group which is the best way to make it. All of us at Country Threads got together and made blocks and then traded.

9. Our quilts weren’t identical but resembled each other and when we hung them in our market booth I will never forget Virginia Robertson saying, ” I’m always glad when old dogs can teach new tricks!” Ha!

Connie and I are looking forward to making Bullseye blocks again. It’s the most laid back, forgiving and addicting quilt I’ve ever made.

In our next post I’ll tell you how this block came about. If I stop and take pictures now in the middle of the post, it’s likely to crash.

Here was the game happening this morning between Heidi and Ernie.

Ernie reaches that big paw under the door so Heidi will try to get him – Heidi got bored quickly.

Cantata happened last night – the name of it was I Love To Tell the Story. Do you know that old hymn? It went so well – not a mistake that I can think of. We had a big crowd – because it was around 30 degrees making it easy to get out at night. We’ve had snowstorms, bitter cold on many dates. One year we finally got to perform it in January! That was not very fun. That’s another one in the books!

I’ll take any questions you have about Bullseye quilt along!

31 thoughts on “Answers Regarding Bullseye Quilt

  1. Mary Hawk

    I remember making this years ago at your quilt camp. Very fun. I’m thinking it would so fun in modern fabrics too.
    I’m @ my son’s in Omaha snoozing with the new baby.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Hawk – I saw that new baby – better soak up all that sweetness before heading for home! Congratulations to all!

  2. Karen Jautaikis

    I love to tell the story
    Of unseen things above
    Of Jesus and his glory
    Of Jesus and his love

    I love to tell the story
    Because I know ’tis true
    It satisfies my longings
    As nothing else can do

    I love to tell the story
    ‘Twill be my theme in glory
    To tell the old, old story
    Of Jesus and his love

    I love to tell the story
    For those who know it best
    Seem hungering and thirsting
    To hear it like the rest

    And when in scenes of glory
    I sing the new, new song
    ‘Twill be the old, old story
    That I have loved so long

    I love to tell the story
    ‘Twill be my theme in glory
    To tell the old, old story
    Of Jesus and his love
    To tell the old, old story
    Of Jesus and his love

    I remember this well. I grew up with my Dad playing gospel music on the record player. Oh, to be able to return to those glorious days.

  3. Launa

    Mary, Sewed a small one quite a few years ago. Sounds like fun again. Had a few snowflakes this morning and now it’s sunny. Enjoyed Virginia’s comment about old dogs!
    Hope ARLO is doing well!

  4. Sue in Oregon

    Mary…I cut all of the 9 inch blocks already. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough light 9″ squares, so I started fishing in my scraps. I got the bright idea to cut 2 if there was enough, so I ended up cutting quite a few double. Do you think that will look funny? Hmmmm. Maybe I should dig deeper.

  5. Janice Hebert

    I’ve been gathering my cottons and can’t wait to get started! Love the kitties! We’ve had quite a few cats with double paws, aren’t they just amazing? Your Ernie has really big ones!

  6. Vickie Devore

    I’m just trying to use up part of a box of scraps == can’t wait. I love the looks. Be safe, love you and all the other quilters everywhere.

  7. patti leal

    i just remembered i have my cut-outs from the bulls-eye quilt. a friend tried to get me to make a miniature or else just toss them. i figured i could use them to make another quilt but didn’t want this one in miniature. will surely save me cutting time. thanks for doing this next year. a merry Christmas to everyone. patti in florida

    1. Karen Gaither

      I love the idea of miniature with scraps. I made my Bullseye quilt 12-15 year ago, so need to see if I saved the scraps. I love small blocks & quilts.

      Mary & Connie the Bullseye is the only quilt my Dad has ever commented on in the 32 years of quilting. He really liked it and I keep thinking I will make him one, but they don’t use the quilts I have made.for them!

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Karen Gaithersburg – BUT your dad just might use a Bullseye quilt because it “looks” useable. Every time somebody “saves” the quilt I made for them. I cringe!

  8. Kate

    Our church choir had its cantata yesterday. It was wonderful and really told the real meaning of Christmas. I am so looking forward to making the Bullseye quilt with the group. I hope people will be able to show their finished quilts when they are completed. I’m hoping to make this for a Christmas present for next year.

  9. Lisa B

    I’ve always loved this quilt! Fun times ahead. But my question is about the counter or background behind the pattern in the first photo. I love it! Is is granite or quartz? Recall the name? I’ve been looking for something for the island in my kitchen and I think it would be great!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lisa B – this is our floor in our sun porch – it is exposed aggregate concrete with heat underneath. It’s very warm, comfortable and with animals, it’s very easy to clean.

  10. Kathy in western NY

    Your kitties are so darn cute! I missed our cantata yesterday at church for a family brunch due to hockey schedules so really felt sad not to hear one this year. Cantatas seem to make the holidays so special for me. I am really looking forward to making this new to me quilt. I think it’s time I used my tote of shirting And homespun fabrics for this quilt -a-long. Don’t you just love having a whole big country of sewing sisters to sew right along with on this!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy in western NY – yes, I DO love having a whole big country of sewing sisters! This is gonna be fun!

  11. Jan Behm

    I made the Bullseye Quilt a few years ago. I wasn’t sure if I could post a picture on your blog so I sent you an email with pics of my Bullseye quilt. I just LOVE it. It’s so warm & cuddly. The more it’s washed & dried the softer it becomes. Not sure I’ll make another during your QAL but I’ll be watching the progress of all. I think it would be awesome to make it in some of todays brighter color palettes. Hmmm………….maybe I should make another, brighter one! I’ll think about it, after Christmas. Right now I have too much to do before the holidays!
    Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Love your blog posts, all the pets & animals, etc. Just don’t want all that snowy weather again. LOL!

  12. Tammy Guerrero

    Would you say this is a beginner quilt. Looks like it may be challenging. Just wondering.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Tammy Guerrero – yes, I would say this is a beginner quilt! Could anybody who has already made a bullseye quilt assure Tammy that this is beginner level?

  13. Donna from MN

    Mary I was telling a friend who also receives your blog that I had a book from long ago with a Bulls Eye pattern in it so I found it amongst my many books without tearing apart my sewing room and…..Lo and Behold it’s in “your book” Quilts From Aunt Amy, so I’m good to go other than digging thru my stash for what’s needed. Hopefully I won’t need to buy any fabric. How ironic that it’s yours and Connie’s book

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna from MN – don’t buy any more fabric – I’m sure you can make this with what you have on hand. So happy you have the book!

  14. Rosemary

    Looking forward to the quilt along. I recently seen one done with black backgrounds so will try that on this one. I love the first one I made with muslin background and 80s fabrics in medium colors….powder blues, dusty mauves, yellow & green calicoes!

  15. Deb

    I gathered my 2 sisters and a friend of mine as the 4th person to make the bullseye quilt. We will all trade our blocks so our quilts will all have a quarter from each persons blocks. We can’t wait to start.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Debbie R. – yes, trim the back of the previous circle. I’m sorry if I didn’t make that clear.

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