Batiks are the perfect quilt fabric for a Bullseye quilt block if you would like a raw edge quilt design that doesn’t fray a lot. Today I’ll share lots of full-color photos to show you how I make my Bulls eye quilt blocks. Should it be called Bullseye quilt block or Bulls Eye quilt block? I’m not sure but you’ll enjoy this easy tutorial.
Batik Bulls Eye quilt block tutorial – Part One
Batiks are one of my favorite fabrics for quilting as the weave is finer, there is usually no right or wrong side, the colors are vibrant and you get very little fraying.
AccuQuilt GO! Circle die
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|#55462 is made for the GO! BIG cutter
and is the 4″, 6″, 7″ and 8″ circles.
|#55012 is the 2″, 3″ and 5″ circles.|
Right now AccuQuilt has a sale going on for the GO! Big Just Add Fabric-12″ Block Starter Pack. This is a great value if you are just getting started with the AccuQuilt dies. I started out with the GO! Baby die cutter, then bought the AccuQuilt GO! cutter and now use the AccuQuilt GO! BIG electric cutter for everything. Since it is electric, you no longer have to crank the lever to send your dies through the cutter. All of the dies work with the GO! BIG electric cutter so this is the one to buy.
Okay, let’s get on with the tutorial!
I am going to make my batik Bullseye blocks using scraps and fabrics in my stash – I’m also not sure how big I’m going to make the quilt……yet.
- Fat Quarters work great for getting a complete one set of the 4 circles – if you are using the AccuQuilt GO! Circle – large size.
- Neutral fabrics for your background block
- A neutral thread for stitching – I used Aurifil thread
Need some batiks for your Bulls Eye quilt blocks? Craftsy has a sale going on for the Boundless Batiks – you would want the Fat Quarter bundle. I bought the 6″ strips last month and they would work for a Bulls Eye block made with smaller circles.
If you are using the AccuQuilt circle die I would recommend cutting your fat quarters to 14″ wide before running the fabric through the GO! Big cutter.
Using my templates? I would recommend tracing them on to freezer paper and ironing the paper to your fabric before cutting the circles out.
Once you have your circles cut out, use Elmer’s School Glue to hold the circles together and then add to your neutral block. Try not to put any glue in the center of the circles.
Cut your neutral background fabric into squares. I happen to have several 12 ½” square rulers so I decided to make all of my blocks that size. You could also cut your blocks into 12″ squares. I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller as it is easier to quilt your Bulls Eye quilt when you have a little more room between the circles.
Fold your 12½” square in quarters and press to get a crease that will help you line up your circles. I just eyeballed where I thought the center was. Choose a thread that is neutral to stitch your circles with.
Stitch about ¼” around each circle, I just used a foot on my sewing machine that was close to that.
TIP: – start and stop your stitching where the crease is on the background – then when you cut your circles that part will be in the seam allowance.Closeup of where to start stitching:
Once you have the stitching all done you are ready to cut your block into 4 sections. Just use the crease marks as a guide.
Remember when I said – Don’t put glue in the center of the circles?
The reason is that we want to reduce bulk when we sew the blocks together. If you put glue in the center you can still do this part but you’ll have to pull the centers away from the background.
I trimmed off the corner of the 3 larger circles. I left the background fabric for stability (you don’t have to). If I hadn’t trimmed the sections there would have been a total of 5 layers at the corner and when I stitched 2 sections together……that would be 10 layers! Very bulky.
Continue making more of the Bullseye blocks. Right now I have used the same fabric for the background but I will be adding more neutral colors to give my quilt a scrappy look.
As I make more blocks I will update this post, would you like to join me making batik Bullseye Blocks? I hope you have enjoyed this fast and easy Batik Bulls Eye quilt block tutorial.
Batik Bulls Eye quilt block tutorial
If you like working with circles, you’ll want to grab this FREE quilt pattern for the Retro Circles.
How would you like to win some batik circles that are already cut and ready for you to add to your background blocks? I have a pretty healthy stash of batiks! I am always picking them up when I visit quilt shops and I am also a ambassador for Island Batik which means…..I get to work
play with all kinds of beautiful batiks!
I’m giving away enough batik circles so you’ll be able to make your own beautiful batik Bulls Eye block quilt. Let me know in the comments below if you have a preference for certain colors. The photo below is just a sample of the circles I am cutting. This giveaway doesn’t include the background fabric.