Bullseye Quilt

Today we sew on our last circle!

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Your last circle can be cut from new fabric – 4″ squares – OR you can trim down the cut out circles from the previous two rounds.

And here’s a close up of four very different Bullseye blocks – Millie had to help, of course.

All cats need to help, everybody with a cat knows that. Here are the blocks again.

And remember this from last week?

Next week we will be cutting our blocks into fourths so when you get all your circles sewed on this week, give your blocks a good press.

So you can see where we’re going with this, can’t you? We will throw our quarter blocks in a bag and grab two blocks at a time to sew together. This will be the place you need to match a corner – in the center when you sew two pairs together. I’ll talk more about this next week. For this week just get your last circle sewed on and your blocks pressed.

Carry on, Girls! You’re doing a great job!


Scott wondered if something was wrong since I hadn’t posted for several days and I said, no, that couldn’t be right but it is right – I have not posted since the short post about Hazel ‘s Birthday! Where does the time go?

This is what Becky and I did on Friday night – high school basketball.

On Saturday my friend Mareen came and we cleaned from 9-2:30 – that’s a lot of cleaning! There is always something to dust around here – ick!

Saturday night Rick and I went to the movie in Garner – The Mule starring Clint Eastwood – it was very good!

Sunday was church and then Reed came to sew in the afternoon. He got the first row on his log cabin quilt sewed and pressed. What a precise and careful sewer!

Monday was a trip to Verizon for Connie and me – tried to get our bill figured out and found that Rick HAD to upgrade his phone because his old phone was being phased out. Well, of course – you understand, don’t you? They have to force someone like Rick who had an old IPhone 4 to upgrade – haha!

So I finished Bloodline on Netflix – I loved it! Now I’m going back to finish Broadchurch.

And this morning I have a hair appointment. Remember when Harper spent New Years Eve with us? Her mom sent me this funny picture of Harper that I loved!

Just look at those flying ears!

Arlo is doing well – his dog brothers love having him home and just playing with a brother on the floor makes Arlo exhausted so he’s still confined to his crate for the most part. Ginny is doing a great job keeping him quiet so he can heal.

I’ll try to do better with posting – I’ve never described this as a daily blog because I don’t want it to feel like a job or a burden so when I get busy I just won’t be able to post. I don’t know how Jo manages to post twice a day. Wow! I am impressed because I don’t think I could do it.

Happy Bullseye Day!

49 thoughts on “Bullseye Quilt

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Ray – I have never received a compliment that I’ve enjoyed more than yours telling me this is the most fun sewing you’ve ever done!

  1. Gail in Toronto

    Hilarious picture of Harper. He reminds me of one of my granddogs whose name is Clarence – from It’s a Wonderful Life. ” Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”

  2. Diane Bauer

    Love Harper’s ears! Now that’s joy! My Goldens love the snow too! I had my Grandpuppies here this past weekend–4 Goldens in one house = a LOT of hair!!
    After the visit, I need to catch up on my blocks. That’s today’s focus. Then I’ll start with the last circle. I’m really enjoying this no pressure, no perfection quilt!

  3. Carol

    0MG, that picture of Harper is hilarious! I’m glad Arlo is doing well. So you really liked “The Mule”?
    Every time the commercial comes on, Simon and I both say…”I don’t know if I want to see that or not”
    Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol and Simon – Eastwood was just great! The movie is based on a real character who drove for the cartel. Eastwood is pretty old himself and he did a perfect portrayal.

  4. Launa

    Off to cut those 4” circles n sew them on. So good to read that Arlo is doing so well! Plenty of T L C from Ginny! It’s 7o here this morning; hasn’t started snowing yet, but is on the way! Sun is popping out for now! Thanks for The Mule review and this sew along, Mary!

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    As I scroll thru your post, first I laugh at the cat, then I laugh at Harper. Such fun.
    How come you don’t have and heart shaped circles? Haha

  6. Moe Baly

    I’m so excited about the Bulls Eye. A group of us in Illinois are doing it. I remember when we first did it years ago we made templates and drew around the circles then cut with scissors. I was even trying to match the quarter circles when I sewed them together. I like this relaxed way of doing a Bulls Eye much better. It’s freeing!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Moe – this is a good exercise for you! None of that matching stuff for you this time around!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jeanne – Wow! Look at all those Bullseye Quilts! That was such fun – I hope our readers go to your blog to look at them. Thank you!

    2. Judith Terry Linn

      WOW, Jeanne, that is a LOT of Bullseye quilts! And then I went to your blog – you are one prolific blogger and quilter! Thanks for sharing! You have one SWEET Home Sweet Home! LOVE the RED!!!!

      Thanks for sharing Jeanne’s blog!

  7. Diane In Central Ohio

    What a great picture of Harper. Maybe he should go to the hairdresser, too? I like that he’s in his bunny disguise. Thanks for sending the Frosty pattern, Mary. The Bulls Eye Quilt looks like so much fun. I’ll start soon.
    Squeak says HI to Millie;) We have 5 inches of snow on the ground and it’s up to 19* right now. Brr.

  8. Kathy Hanson

    I am loving the quilt along – have gotten my last circles ready to sew. I have had cats too and they think that fabric on the floor, or anywhere else, is just for them. I loved seeing Millie “helping”!! Jerry and I are going to LOTS of high school basketball games. We usually do but this year is even more special as Matthew Hurt is a senior. He is the #5 recruit in the nation and has been recruited by almost all the big colleges for next year. Probably the very best player that Rochester has ever had. He if fun to watch and it has been fun following him since he was playing varsity in 8th grade. So, we spend more time at basketball games then I get to spend sewing. I was really interested in watching Megan Gustafson who plays for the Iowa Women’s team. She came from my home town in northern Wisconsin. A tiny unincorporated town – Port Wing. South Shore High School. She is the highest scoring women and men’s basketball teams in Iowa. Do you ever watch them??

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson – now those would be fun high school games! I don’t watch the women too carefully but now I may have to – it’s always more interesting if one has some background on the players. Watching two games was almost too much bleacher time for me.

      1. Kathy Hanson

        I hear you! We went to a Gopher men’s game on Saturday morning, visited friends in Eagan afterward and went to Owatonna to see John Marshall (the team that Matthew plays on) to see that game. Left home at 8:30 am and got home at 9:30pm. Didn’t wait to see the end of that game as Rochester JM was way ahead. Yes, a lot of “bleacher time”!!

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Kathy Hanson – just watched Matthew on the evening sports – you’re so lucky to watch him play!

        2. Diane Bauer

          Kathy— Rochester JM is my alma mater!! Fun to see some news about the team! Our hockey team won state when I was there (eons ago!!!!!!)—such a fun time and good memories! My parents still live in Rochester. I fled the cold winters long ago!

  9. Paula S.

    I’m taking the bullseye project to a 4-day quilt retreat this weekend so I will get caught up! I’ve got a couple of other big projects to work on and am really looking forward to the time away. We are to get snow and wind-chills will be below zero during the day, so it will be a great time to stay inside and sew.

  10. mary jane

    another gray day here in Hudson WI…a good day for cutting out circles. This has been a challenge for me, I want to have a perfect circle. Being a seamstress and quilter that has always been the rule, perfection…BUT I am giving myself permission to just go for it…AND it is turning out great and fun. Just trying not to even match the fabrics and colors, liberating. Thanks again for the quilt a long Mary. I know how Millie feels, on these gray days, naps are always calling ….

  11. Felicia Hamlin

    I love the picture of the dog, such joy! It is nice to see a happy dog, ¿isn’t it? Thank you for sharing, Mary.
    I am still waiting for my fabric, thus I haven’t progressed on the quilt along. 🙁

    Lately my kitty has gotten the idea that he is going to help me sew. Sits right next to the sewing machine and picks my pins from the fabric. I am so afraid he will swallow one.

  12. Judy

    Thanks for the weekly pace with the bullseye quilt. It is a good pace – don’t we all have ninety-nine other projects going at the same time. It’s jest what we do – ha ha – and of course, I can start a new one today – no problem!
    And also – sok not to blog everyday – some of the blogs I signup for come every day and they can wear a quilter out….and I end up not reading. I think I have just RE-visited this post three times to LAUGH at the “Bunny in the snow” – cracks me up every time I look at it! Your posts are SO fun and SO easy reading!
    Hugs from cloudy Texas,
    Judy in Texas

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Judy – the picture of Harper with her ears flying is just the greatest action shot I’ve ever seen! Her mom really caught it, didn’t she?

  13. Christina Mejer

    I also love your endearing pet pictures! Cats will sleep on whatever you are paying attention to . Mine used to climb on my lap to sleep on papers I was grading 🙂
    Love this Bullseye quilting party and I can’t seem to wait for the next steps !! Hurry Tuesday !

  14. Pat Smith

    What’s a quilt without cat hair on it? Now that I’m back with my stash, I’m trying to catch up. This kind of quilting is both freeing and goes against everything I’ve ever learned! But, I’m enjoying this free cutting quilt. I have to say, my bullseyes look like all the others I’ve seen, so I guess I’m on to it. It’s good to be out of ones comfort zone. Adorable animal pictures, in truth my favorite part about this blog. What ears on that Harper!

  15. Celeste Hultquist

    do we trim away the fabric behind the 4″ circle? My circles could be squash or ornaments or ovals. Very few circular circles. It’s all fun!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Celeste – trim away the previous circle leaving 3 circles on the front side. You won’t be trimming away the very smallest circle — you’d have a hole in your block. Ok????

  16. jan VanDeWalle

    Are there any written directions for the Bullseye quilt ? I missed the first several blogs with computer problems. Also is the Snow man quilt still available? I will be happy to send money for the both of them. if they are available.
    Thank Jan

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jan VanDeWalle – yes, you can order a bullseye pattern and a Frosty pattern, $3.00 each. Send to our address on our home page and include a mailing label. We’ll get you caught up in no time!

  17. Diana Thompson

    I just love all your posts! This bullseye quilt reminds me of my daughter. She was born left-handed, VERY left handed, and having many skills in the needlework field, I wondered what God did to me! We struggled through teaching her to knit, but for many years she was scared to death of my sewing machine. When I convinced her it wouldn’t bite, I started her on a bullseye quilt, since it was so forgiving. She struggled, but finished (and enjoyed) it! She was about 19 or 20 years old! And since then (she’s now 31) she’s gone on to make about 4 more bullseye quilts. It’s the only one she wants to make! I keep telling her there is a whole world of different patterns out there, but she’s content to do what she knows! She is an Art Therapist, so maybe it speaks to her style of art….who knows?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diana Thompson – what a sweet, wonderful and encouraging post that shows that a non-sewer basically can love to work with fabric and a sewing machine! I hope your daughter will branch out into the quilt world beyond Bullseye because it’s such a wonderful addiction that will occupy her the rest of her life. Thank you so much for your note – I loved it!

  18. Gramapama

    I love the photos of the Bullseye Quilt! I was a bit overwhelmed with life when it first started, but am now wanting to sew along. Love the scrappy-unmatchy look of your examples. I’d like a copy of the pattern and will mail in my request … I don’t know how you manage to get so many cute photos of your sweet animals! Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Your writing is a gift.

  19. Barbara

    I am really enjoying the Bullseye sew along. I can keep up with it, and this level of non-precision is new to me and very liberating. I love using big pieces of scraps and cutting into some novelty fat quarters that were never going to find their way into another project.

    The picture of Harper is the best pic I’ve seen!

  20. mary jane

    Mary, have you ever thought or tried to make a table runner from the Bullseye Pattern? I was thinking of using reds and white for Valentines Day and etc. Could it work?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Jane – yes, it would work for a table runner and many other projects.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Geiger – yes, cut out the back of last week’s circle so that the only one left intact is the 4” circle.

  21. Carol Reents

    I am enjoying this method of quilting. I was looking for more scraps this morning and found some Indianapolis Colts fabric. I’m so happy to be able to include it in my quilt.

  22. Sandra Pierson

    I am so excited to be doing this sew along. I did a block exchange with my group of quilters back in 2003 and for some reason never sewed them together. I got them out, sewed the quarters into blocks and am ready to to stitch the blocks together. I cannot get my picture to post 😥

  23. Nancy Finch

    Sitting in house watching ice pellets raining down I enjoyed cutting some 8” blocks. I thought I should get a check ready to mail for the pattern for Bullseye quilt. As I have several of your books, I thought I would check my library and almost was dancing around – I had Aunt Amy’s book. I squealed in delight . Scared hubby who came in from garage. So thrilled.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Nancy Finch – excellent! And you’ve never made Bullseye? What a stroke of luck!

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