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