Bullseye Step 2

You should have all 48 – 9″ blocks like this.


If you have not finished all 48 just read along and make notes.

All blocks should have the light base fabric trimmed away and saved to the side.

Cut circles from the 6″ squares and sew them to the 8″ circles you sewed last week.

If your circles aren’t perfect remember looking at this photo of one of my blocks. The circles are questionable at best.

Trim away the 6″ circle from the back being very careful not to cut through to the front side.

Here’s the trimmed back side.

Not very good circles but still just fine for this quilt!

Here’s where you will notice those light circles that you trimmed away last week could be used. If you want all your blocks to be different you’ll save those trimmed out light circles for another quilt – maybe one that uses 9″ DARK squares. This quilt continues to produce leftovers which means it’s easy to whittle down your fabric stash by cutting 9″ foundation squares and who doesn’t need to do that? You should see my stack of light circles – I’ll never need to wonder what to sew! Haha!

I think you’ll begin to see the outcome of making Bullseye blocks. Sew the second fabric circle to your blocks and trim away the back fabric.

And I’ll see you right back here next Tuesday!

It’s another beautiful day in North Iowa – temps in the low 30’s! Who knew we could have such nice weather in January??????

I’m putting my mystery quilt together – here are the two different blocks we made – 49 total.

Bonnie Hunter has got the art of the mystery quilt down pat – such fun for all of us participating!

32 thoughts on “Bullseye Step 2

  1. Sharon Bennett

    Oh wow! Love your scrappy colorway for the mystery quilt! This will be a beauty!


    Mary, have you ever made this quilt with homespuns? Just wondering if they might be too loosely woven to be stable enough for this raw edge type of quilt. I think I might like the plaid combinations. I enjoy your quilt -a-long’s. Thanks.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol Harriman – yes, I have made it with homespuns and gave it as a gift so I don’t really know what shape it’s in. Maybe mix wovens with prints for stability.

  3. Debbie B

    Thanks again for this fun sew a long. It’s freeing! I, too, am doing Bonnie’s mystery quilt. I’m more than half way done with my piecing, and I’m loving all the reveals. So glad you are having a decent winter so far. My Dad is really enjoying it, too!

  4. Brenda archambault

    It’s the quilt that keeps on giving. Have circles and squares all over the place! Thanks for the guilt-along.

  5. Paula S.

    I’m having fun with this and am eyeing dark background fabrics for the next quilt. Addictive and fun!

  6. Julie Burkhardt

    I couldn’t wait .. so I went ahead and finished a wallhanging. Wanted to see how it would turn out after washing. I made 31 blocks, so have enough to make another small quilt. Can’t figure out how to add the picture.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Julie Burkhardt – you overachiever, you! It’s pretty addictive, isn’t it? You could send the picture to my email if you’d like. marye@ncn.net

  7. Diane Bauer

    The first circle I cut was much more of a square as well. I’m excited to start this step! The whole concept of the Bullseye is pretty far outside of my comfort zone, but I am really enjoying it and yes, have plans for the next ones!! I have such a ridiculous stash after all of the years I’ve quilted, so it’s really nice to have a way to pull all of them together into one quilt with the bonus of making a quilt without really needing to purchase any additional fabric! Thank you for your nice, clear directions, Mary!! My snowman mini quilt pattern arrived yesterday, so I’ll be pulling fabrics together for that one soon. I’ve heard people talking about having a frame for mini quilts like this. Does anyone have a source for such a thing? Thanks!!

  8. Donna

    Hi Mary,
    I haven’t quilted in about two years, thinking every quilt had to be a bed size quilt. I then made a few doll
    size quilts. One of them ended up on my table this Christmas and it was the perfect size. Then I had a
    “Wa La” moment. It told me that all quilts didn’t have to be bed size, and in fact, little quilts were usable in more places. I am anxious to begin quilting again and ordered your new book full of little quilts. You have been such a bright spot to my day. Thank you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna – small quilts are lots more fun to make than bed size quilts! You’ll see – and they’re so fun to use around the house!

  9. Diane in Central Ohio

    I am taking notes so I can work on it when the weather is cold. Thanks, Mary. It’s almost 60 degrees here today in Central Ohio.

    Titles of the James Patterson books I finished are 16th Seduction and The People vs Alex Cross.

    I am currently reading A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. I love her books because they make me laugh out loud:)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jane – yes – my mistake – you’ll cut away the previous circle. Honestly did I really type that wrong – I’d better go back and look,

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Jane – honestly, did I write that wrong? Cut away the precious circle – the 8”. I’d better go back and check!

    3. CountryThreads Post author

      Jane Eilderts – Thank you, Jane for bringing my typo to my attention – I only hope nobody started cutting out the wrong circle because if they did I’ll feel obligated to remake their blocks – yikes!

  10. Marian Stever

    This is so fun! Long live the Bulls Eye Quilt. Thank you, Mary, for your nice directions as we work on this with all our friends. I didn’t see a kitty in any of the pictures. 🙂

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Marian Stever – Jackie was right there bothering me but I managed to take the picture without her in it – always a challenge! Glad you’re liking the Bullseye Quilt!

  11. Felicia Hamlin

    Oh, the joy, to see the squarish circle! My first one looked worse, I am still waiting for my fabric. But I am keeping track of what comes next. Thank you, Mary.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Felicia – see? I told you your imperfect circles would be just fine, didn’t I?

  12. Sue in Oregon

    Thanks for step two of the Bulls Eye quilt. I am ready to move on after finishing step one yesterday.
    Not doing Bonnie’s mystery, but yours is very interesting. Hope you will keep showing us that one.

  13. Michele

    I took the plunge upon your suggestion and started the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. I’ve never done a mystery quilt before. And since it’s a busy time of year at the office I’ve only made about 100 -2 patches at this point (Part 1), so I am and will be way behind. But your photos looks great.

    This project will be a stretch for me, but I am looking forward to the experience. And, worst case I can always fall back on your saying, “On the back of a galloping horse.” 🙂

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Michele – the mystery will be available free until Feb 1 – have you printed out all the steps? Just a few minutes of sewing a day will produce more than you think – I have really enjoyed this mystery!

      1. Michele

        I do have all the pdf’s printed and in a binder, so I’m good to go. Just need more hours in my evenings!! But, it’s an easy quilt to work on a few minutes at a time.

  14. Carol T

    Thank you for being soooo generous Mary! This bullseye quilt was one I made from your book and this quilt gave me SO MUCH CONFIDENCE and spurred me on with my quilt making ! I became very driven! You are wonderful!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol T – I think these quilt alongs are fun and the Bullseye is a great confidence builder! You can thank us easily by clicking on the ads – so easy!

  15. Sharon Geiger

    I don’t have much light fabric so I just went with what I had on hand. It’s rather ugly at best! Lol. I’m doing this for the practice and I have already decided that this quilt will go in the car for winter emergency supplies.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon Geiger – perfect! You’ve got the right attitude and remember, this isn’t the last quilt you’ll make. Do it for the fun!

    2. Christina Mejer

      Awesome project for our -40 weather up here in Alaska! I have a combination of lights and mediums for my backgrounds, and I’m hoping for the best when they are all mixed up . This is addicting and I can’t wait to add the second circles !

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Christina Mejer – lights and mediums are perfect for backgrounds! Glad we aren’t having YOUR weather! Stay warm and safe!

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