Bulls Eye Quilt Tutorial and Roundup

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Fast and Easy Raw Edge Bulls Eye Quilts

This is a updated post that originally posted in 2011.

Bulls Eye Quilt Tutorial

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 onto 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 it 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!

Bulls Eye Quilt on deck rail

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.

Bulls Eye Baby Quilt easy to make

If you have an Accuquilt GO! Circle die, it would be perfect for making the circles for a Bulls Eye quilt.

AccuQuilt GO! Circle DieAccuQuilt Go Circles smaller 
#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.

3 different Bulls eye quilts
Largest Bulls Eye Quilt on deck

Both quilts were finished by using the backing and bringing it around to the front for quicky binding.

More quilts on deck

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

Indie Chic Circle Quilt

Indie Chic Circle Quilt

bulls eye quilt

Bulls Eye Instructions

Cluck Cluck Sew-raw edge quilt tutorial

Raw Edge Circle Quilt

Raw Edge Circle Quilt – fast and easy

Bulls eye layout

Bullseye in a different direction

Raw Edge Circle Tutorial

Bullseye Quilt Tutorial

Bullseye Revolution Quilt Pattern for Studio


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Hi, I’m Connie Kresin Campbell, the quilter, writer, and photographer behind Freemotion By the River. I enjoy inspiring others with my quilt tutorials and patterns. You’ll also see my sweet adopted dogs from time to time.

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  1. Lovely quilts dear. I think of you and your family every day and my Prayers and Healing Energy are constantly sent above. <3

  2. What a great idea to use up old fabric or fabric you no longer love. What is it they say? … If it’s still ugly, you haven’t cut it small enough. lol

  3. I’ve never done this, and now you have given me another bucket list project to use up fabric I’m not crazy about. I really like all the projects shown and all the setting variations. I need a kick in the pants and a whole lot less summer chores and more sewing time!

  4. These all turned out great! I do raw edge /layered applique all the time for quick projects.

  5. Jeanne Brown says:

    Connie, you can’t imagine how suprised I was when I opened your blog today. I have a bullseye quilt that has been cut for years and I have just gotten it out to sew again. You inspire me, hope to get it done soon. Mine is all pastels., with a pink backround.

    love the way your came out.


  6. It looks like you needed to let off some stress doing mindless blocks which is great for you. You can relieve any tension you may have and get lots of stuff finished from the ‘some day’ piles.

    How’s Dad doing today? Have you had time to relax and breathe for yourself Connie? I worry about you and all that you have on your plate on top of the huge worry about your Dad. 🙁

  7. Ana Eugenio says:

    what an amazing work! congrats 🙂

  8. I love the pretty Bulls Eye quilt and the flower looks fabulous. Nice job.

  9. Hello Connie, What a good job getting your bulls eye blocks quilted up.It looks lovely quilting it like that.I'm sure I might find some unfinished things in my cupboard also.

  10. Wow – you have been getting a lot done lately. Your UFO pile is huge – good for you for getting some finished. Both projects turned out very well.

  11. Love your mug rug! What a great idea for an orphan block! I'm going to have to do that with some of mine. Thanks for sharing!

  12. You have as many UFO's as I do! 🙂

    Love your flower for this week! 🙂

  13. I'm in the flower sew along also. And, hey, I live in Long Grove, IA just north of Davenport so you are practically a neighbor in Muscatine!

    I live your bulls eye quilt. Cute.

    Cathy L

  14. Woo Hoo for conquering another UFO! Keep going, you can get that pile done to nothing!!!

  15. I think they all turned out very nicely. I have the bulleye pattern but I have never made it. You stay very busy

  16. My goodness, you have been so productive lately!! I love the dish rugs and it is definitely something I could be using at my house. Thanks for all the inspiration you bring while living by the river!

  17. You may have made that flower the wrong way but it's really pretty – sometimes mistakes turn out to be better than the original! Love the bulls eye quilt but oh my you do have a few UFOs. 🙂 blessings, marlene