It’s Bullseye Day, January 1, 2019 and I know you’re ready to get started. This is what you should have already cut – squares measuring 9″, 8″, 6″ and you can wait on the 4″ squares for now. This quilt creates seed for more Bullseye quilts. You’ll see.
Pick one light 9″ square and one dark 8″ square.
Fold the dark square in quarters – no need to press.
Here is the part many of you will have trouble with. We’re going to cut a freehand circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect – that’s the beauty of this quilt. Nothing has to match and if it does, it loses character, definition, depth and creativity.
A circle! Not a perfect circle but an OK circle. You’ll be surprised at how good you get at cutting circles freehand. I like crooked circles!
Lay the circle of dark on the light 9″ square – no, don’t measure to get it perfect — just slap it down! I mean it! I’ll know if you measured and found the exact center with your perfect circle of fabric and I won’t like it. And ultimately you won’t like it either.
This is your chance to use up any old color of thread and half filled bobbins – nothing has to match top and bottom. Are you seeing a theme here?
Reduce your stitch length and stitch around the circle 1/4″ from the raw edge.
I use a few pins and my needle stop down feature. If your machine has this needle stop down feature, it is very helpful when stitching a round edge.
After stitching the circle turn the block over and carefully separate the two layers of fabric. Insert your scissors by cutting a small clip in the back light fabric. Do not cut into the dark circle!
Flip it over and lay the cutout to the side for now.
Now repeat this step 48 times if you’re making the throw size or make as many as you need for your size quilt.
Please don’t stress over cutting those circles – for those who have made a Bullseye Quilt you know it doesn’t matter, does it?
Next Tuesday we’ll do the next step – you have a whole week to work on Step 1. And if you think this is a fun quilt along, you can thank us by closing an ad or two. Ad space pays for this blog time and even though I enjoy writing it, we need to keep up.
If you decide you’d like a printed pattern, send $3 and an address label to Country Threads, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438.
This is great fun, Girls! You’re going to love sewing without too many rules!