Bullseye Quilt Along

This is so easy and so much fun that I hope even if you’re an inexperienced new quilter that you’ll join us.Read more

If you’ve read any of the comments about the Bullseye Quilt you’ll have gotten the idea that this is a perpetual quilt. Scraps from one quilt become the start of another quilt. Trust me on this.

We hope you’ll have a chance to cut the following before January 1.

48 different squares cut 9″ x 9″ – light, neutral prints

48 different squares, mediums and darks, cut 8″x8″

48 different squares, cut 6″ x 6″, assorted mediums and darks

48 different squares, cut 4″ x 4″, mediums and darks.

These 4″ squares can be eliminated if you choose- there will be scraps to use for these circles.

So this is what you need – 48 sets like this, 9″, 8″, 6″, 4″.

Virtually anything goes in this scrap quilt.

The book Quilts From Aunt Amy is out of print but if you’d like to purchase the pattern sheet for $3.00 we can send it to you. You don’t need it however because each step will be printed on the blog.

Reed and I sewed last night – Hazel napped in the chair.

Here is one of Ernie’s favorite sleeping positions. Good grief!

I hope he feels like he can relax.

Send me any Bullseye questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them all in a post the beginning of the week. If you have the question, it’s likely others do, too.

I made another batch of tv mix and used butter because I wanted it to be very good when I gave it to friends. It’s nearly inedible – the butter burned! Guess I learned my lesson – margarine from now on!

See how dark it is – ugh.

84 thoughts on “Bullseye Quilt Along

  1. Susie Q

    I have Quilts from Aunt Amy !!!!!!! never did make the quilt I had in mind, but then again never got rid of the book…. so I just might…..

  2. Linette

    This sew-along looks like it will be a lot of fun! I love to see Hazel curled up comfortably sleeping.

  3. Carol

    Looks like small prints might be best choices? I’m going to start cutting up on Dec 27th, when everyone goes home! It looks like it’s forgiving as well as fun!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – small prints are great but not limited to them – pretty much anything goes.

  4. Margaret

    I have the book and wanted to do this years ago🙄. I am thinking real hard on this one….😍

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Margaret – it’s easy, relaxed and very fun – very little matching necessary. It’s all very laid back!

  5. Roxanne

    I’ve hardly done any appliqué and never done raw edge appliqué. How would shirt plaids work here?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Roxanne – shirt plaids would be fine for some of the squares but probably not all – I’m afraid they’d all sort of mush together.

      1. Roxanne

        Very helpful. Also, how big will the finished quilt be? Not as many blocks as the one your kitty was laying on?

  6. Bonnie Specchio

    Mary I always use lots of butter in party mix and bake it at 250 for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Sorry yours burned.

  7. Debbie G

    Well how about that!!! I also have the book and had intended to do this years ago but never did!!! It will be fun for me to sew along with the followers here as I celebrate being a part time employee at my job starting January 1st!!! Can’t wait to get this party started.

  8. Karen Moore

    Made several of these years ago with friends. We traded parts of our blocks with each other, so had a lot of variety in our quilts. I think mine still need to be quilted!!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Susan Dangelser – no circle rulers needed. Don’t get ahead of yourself or me! I will explain as we go.

  9. Diana Stanfill

    I still have the Bullseye kit that I bought at your shop. The one I got was done in polka dots. Remember it?? Maybe now would be a good time to start/finish it!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diana Stanfill – that kit used Bullseye blocks but blocks were separated by sashing. More work than what we’re starting with.

      1. Diana Stanfill

        Oh! Mary, you are so right! I just pulled it out and my pattern is Roundabout #661. And it does have the dashing. It’s been so long since I looked at it!

  10. Freda

    My Yellow Fluffy (Norwegian Forest Cat) sleeps in some unusual positions too… on her side… head upside-down…& a foot/or feet over her face… or just curled in a ball. And, Fluffy loves her 60″ Cat Tree with Large round bed on top! I am hoping that your friend’s Dog will recovers as good as new after the 2 surgeries; Keeping In our prayers!!! Ordered your ‘Aunt Amy quilt book’ on Amazon! I Love the cover’s Quilt PIC’s Antique Look”.

  11. Judy Knorr

    I love the taste of burned things so would probably love your snack mix. I have the book and have a table runner made from the pattern.

  12. Rita S

    I did a Bulleye quilt a few years ago and starred with a 10 layer cake of lights, and then increased the next square by an inch. I didn’t have to cut at least one set of the blocks then.

    1. Cathy Platzer

      I was wondering if I could do that. I have a layer cake and the thought of cutting it down did not sound fun.

  13. Sue in Oregon

    This sounds and looks like a fun quilt to make. I certainly do have lots of scraps.
    The burnt snacks look kind of good.
    My little dog always had to have his head up against something or on something when he slept.

  14. Sue H

    My company leaves on the 1st. Will start cutting fabric then and catch up. How fun — love scrappy quilt-a-longs!

  15. Donna

    Re: your Chex Mix (our family calls them Nuts & Bolts. I have never used anything but butter. I am a Wis Dairy farm daughter, we never saw margarine on our table ever.) I think you have your oven too hot. I do mine at 250 degrees for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes…never have had them burn

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna – it may have been too hot to start with because I had just baked bars and I put the Chex mix in before turning down the oven – I also use that recipe. We never use margarine for anything either except this, I guess. Human error on my part.

  16. Meta O’Connell

    Love the rabbits hanging over Hazel’s head. Is it quilted? Is there a pattern available for it? Thank you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Meta O’Connell – the vintage blocks were sold in our shop. No pattern, sorry.

  17. Nancy Wines

    Looks like the critters didn’t feel the need to supervise you and Reed! Quilt looks like fun. I remember the front of that book!

  18. Annette

    My daughter requests Chex Mix every Christmas/New Years. My mom always made it for us as kids for New Years Eve. Looking forward to the Bullseye quilt along.

  19. Beth T.

    Mary, could this pattern accommmodate the quilt-as-you-go method? My best friend’s husband just had a stroke and I’d love to make him a quilt to keep with him in rehab–and I’d like to get it done quickly, on my own, in time to keep him company and lift his spirits.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Beth T. – no, this cannot be done in quilt as you go method – sorry!

      1. Beth T.

        Thanks for the quick response! It’s still such a good-looking pattern, and I have so many “manly” scraps that I think I’ll quilt along and see if I can machine quilt it myself. If not for him, then for someone else; there is always someone who needs a “quilty hug”.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda Robinson – I’m not sure why your cable company would should up on our blog – try just going online and searching for http://www.country-threads-chicken-scratch. All details are posted on the blog today – I’ll make sure you’re on board with us! Let me know if you can’t reach today’s post.

    2. Connie Heffner

      On the first page at the end mine says Read More Continue reading. If I click on Read More it brings up my cable co. Have to click on Continue reading to go to next page.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Connie Heffner – I am stumped as to why you’re being linked to your cable company. I am so sorry – I will try something else, I guess. No guarantees I’ll be successful but I’ll try. Can you reset your device?

  20. Jean

    Mary, I’m looking forward to this quiltalong, though I have no idea how to raw edge appliqué! Merry Christmas!
    -Jean <3

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jean – not to worry! I’m going to teach you! I guarantee you can do this!

  21. Sandy

    I am so excited you are doing this SAL. I started this quilt many years ago and would love to finish it!

    Thank you

  22. Candy

    My nuts & bolts are baked @ 250 degrees for only 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, always with butter. I make a roaster-full every Christmas … we’re happily working our way through it (I do give some away though)!

  23. Mary Margaret

    Oh how fun on Bullseye! Hazel put me mind of my fox terrier who was smooth hair. My red head Ivan the Red sleeps that way and on his back too! The 2 tux’s sleep all positions as well!

  24. Diane Bauer

    Super excited to join in this quilt-a-long! I have the book, Quilts from Aunt Amy, but have never managed to get a quilt going! I have a ridiculous stash that will provide everything needed (I’m sure) for this quilt. It will be fun to be making a quilt right along with the rest of you!

  25. Robin Boggan

    Looking forward to your quilt a long! I have the book and always wanted to make it. Will have to go digging in my stash!!

  26. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, I am thinking about this sew along. what size is the finished quilt?
    Rain and more rain today. Good day to make cookies.
    Carolyn B

  27. Mary Webster

    I won’t get to start until I’m back home after Christmas and get back to normal. Sounds like fun.

  28. Felicia Hamlin

    Mary, Hazel looks pretty even when she is asleep. I might get on in this sew alone. I will send you a picture of my newest project. Have a nice Sunday!

  29. Jane Eilderts

    I am excited about this quilt along! And try the Chex mis again with butter-250 for one hour stirring every 15 minutes. I just made 3 batches and had no problem. Butter is so much better!

  30. Kim

    I made this quilt back when the book came out with a group of friends. We did a fabric exchange for it. One of my favorite quilts! It has been well used, loved, and washed and dried over and over. I have always wanted to make another one, so I think I will sew along. I may though, do more of a planned scrappy instead of the more random scrappy one that we made.

    I make chex mix only with butter. Make a batch 2-3 times a year, but always at Christmas time. Have never had it burn. I do have to set a timer though to remember to go stir it every 15 minutes. My secret to making it extra good is to do rounded spoonfuls of everything, not leveled off. Yum!

  31. Kathy Hanson

    I love the Chex Mix – decided not to make it this year as I just eat it all! I do give some away but I know that I shouldn’t eat so much. I haven’t had it burn and the others who have talked about it is how I do it too.
    I wrote down the directions for cutting – I should use stuff up so I am looking forward to doing the quilt along with you too!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – I had my oven too hot from a previous pan of bars, I think. The bullseye quilt is so forgiving that any fabric will work . I read one time that if your fabric is too ugly, you haven’t cut it up enough or small enough – ha Haha!

  32. Celine K.

    I did make the Bulls-eye a few years back, and it was fun! It’s still a top, but a few friends have completed theirs and they look so cozy! I made mine out of 1900 repro fabric, but I’m thinking about joining the sew-along using 1930’s repros.
    I’m sorry about your Chex snack results…live and learn I guess.
    Ernie looks so relaxed. Obviously he’s never been stepped on to sprawl in the middle of the floor like that!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Celine – Rick doesn’t walk well and Ernie is living on the edge when he lays in the middle of the floor!

  33. Jeanie, sw IL

    I think the sew-along sounds like great fun. We could all learn about sleeping from cats; they make it an art form. Cracks me up. Thanks for sharing pics.

  34. Jean

    When my mom was still alive, we made this quilt together for my sister. When my mom passed I inherited all the scraps and leftovers from the quilt. Last year I pulled them out and made another one with those. Such a fun quilt and it brings back such warm memories of my mom.

  35. Sharon

    Mary, everyone who is having problems with the link try clicking on Continue Reading not Read More.

  36. Debbie Bowmer

    I’ve always wanted to make this quilt. Thanks for doing the sew/quilt a long. Looking forward to it. Now to cut up some fabric. Thanks, Mary!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Deb – I use the recipe in the back of the Chex boxes. Had my oven too hot on this last batch – it was hot from the bars I had made first.


    I made this quilt many years ago from you. I love it and it is the one I use in the dead of winter when it is very cold. I loved making it and cherish it. You are correct, I am STILL using fabric left over from it…….Paula in KY

  38. MartyCae

    Love that picture of Ernie! This is how my big kitty, Harry S. Truman, relaxes. If I laid on my back like that I wouldn’t be able to get up!

  39. SusanfromKentucky

    Hi Mary,
    I have a question, but not about the Bull’s Eye quilt.
    I was trying to find a pattern for your Harbor Stars pattern. I can’t find one, so I was wondering if it is possibly in one of your books?
    Thanks, Susan

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      SusanfromKentucky- I don’t think it was ever in a book but I could be wrong. You can order a copy without a photo if you like.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          SusanfromKentucky – $10 which includes postage to our address on home page. Make sure you specify which pattern.

  40. Rita Mulvey in CT

    I have the book too. I am just worried that I don’t have enough different fabrics.
    Mary do you remember the Christmas pattern with three small quilts I think the name was Merry Merry Christmas? The largest had a small snowman on it and one said Joy. I am looking for my copy of the pattern and can’t locate it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rita Mulvey in CT – yes, I have the original of Merry Merry Christmas and will make you a copy for $10.00 if you want to mail a check to Country Threads. Please note what you’re ordering.

  41. Kelli

    So excited to see this sew along! Been wanting to do this quilt for years so here I go! Thanks so much for doing it in 2019!

  42. B. J. Berlo

    I made a wonderful Bulls Eye Quilt when your book first came out and it’s beautiful! I recently did a wall quilt using Australian Aboriginal fabrics and batiks and it’s quite unusual. I recently rediscovered my stash of fruits/vegetables fabric and will make another and call it “Crop Circles”! This is such a fun project to do. You can make it any size you want. I cut all my circles free hand – gives it a wonderful “made by a real person” look.

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