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Fast and Easy Raw Edge Bulls Eye Quilts
This is a updated post that originally posted in 2011.
Last summer I made a bunch of bulls eye blocks after seeing a quilt made by a friend of mine. I thought the Bulls Eye quilt would be a great way to use up some of my old quilt fabrics.
First of all neutrals were picked for the background fabric. I cut 11″ squares then just grabbed whatever color I liked for my circles. I didn’t use any kind of fusible on the back of the circles but I did use some Elmers washable school glue to hold the circles in place on my background fabric.I just stitched about 1/4 inch in from the outside of the circles. I can’t remember what size of circles I cut but I think 6″, 7″ and 8″ sounds about right.
When you have your circles stitched on to the background fabric, you cut it into 4 sections. Then make more!
Once I had a huge pile of the blocks made….I decided I didn’t like them. I had done another baby quilt with raw edges and it kept fraying like crazy so I didn’t want to do anymore (turns out I used cheap fabric).
The bulls eye quilt blocks sat around for a while and then I finally decided the blocks needed to go. I already had groups of 4 sewn together so it took no time at all to put enough together for a baby quilt and still had plenty left!
Quilting was a large free motion stipple quilting stitch on the background part of the blocks while carefully avoiding the circles and also stitched a X through each bulls eye. I couldn’t believe how fast it quilted up.
The size of this Bulls Eye Baby quilt is 34″ x 50″
Below you can see it after it has been washed. I was surprised that there was very little fraying (using good fabric makes a difference). There were enough blocks left to make a lap quilt too and one big block that I used for another dish rug.
Batik Bulls Eye Quilt
Finally after going back and looking at my Bulls Eye quilts, I am thinking about making one with batiks. The best thing about batiks is very little fraying and it is always perfect for raw edge applique.
|#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.|
I searched around and found some other pictures of the Bulls Eye baby quilt and other things I made with the blocks.
I finished up my UFO for this month. I had the Bullseye blocks made and ended up with a dish rug, a 33″ x 50″ baby quilt and a 50″ x 66″ lap quilt. The blocks are gone! I have a papa bear quilt, a mama bear quilt and a little baby quilt.
Both quilts were finished by using the backing and bringing it around to the front for quicky binding.
Don’t forget that I have a giveaway and sale on my patterns going on through July 15th!
I thought it would be fun to share some of the Bulls Eye Quilt tutorials that I have found on Pinterest. The links below will take you to the actual blog post and tutorial. Have you ever made a Bulls Eye quilt?
Bulls Eye Quilts
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