Several people have asked how I did the Bullseye blocks.
It’s quite an old pattern – it’s been on my wish list of blocks to play with for well over 15 years. I first saw it done in cottons at Quilt Market. We bought a sample for the shop but I never got around to actually making a quilt.
So, google is my friend. I started there and found this youtube video by Sharon Fry:
She also has a 2nd and 3rd video that continues on her technique and gives a show and tell but I couldn’t upload multiple videos so you’ll have to find it on your own. 🙂 It’s called Santa Rosa Quilt Guild Bulls Eye Quilt Part 2 and Part 3.
I decided to use batiks. I know they won’t ravel as nicely as cottons – but that was ok with me. I think this will be more a wall hanging size than a curl up quilt so the softness factor isn’t important to me.
I started with four 9″ blocks. I did 5 layers so each block was 1″ smaller than the last. Then I changed my mind and only did 4 layers.
Once I made the first shape, I would fit the next shape onto it until it fit and made a pleasing shape. Then I’d sew it down and cut the back away. Rinse and repeat. (Basically I was winging it…going by the seat of my pants…..you know….the way I do most things!). I could have sworn I took pictures of the process but I must have only done it in my head because I can’t find them now.
Hopefully this makes sense? Also, if you go into Google Images and search on bullseye quilts – you will get an amazing selection of bullseye eye candy. Amaze-balls. Some are very country, some very artsy – all gorgeous. I think this would work with all shapes and sizes. Squares might be cool. Rectangles? Ovals? I think I saw some hearts and oh, there was a really cool flower shaped one too.
I’ll get back to this one before too long because I really like the PLAY factor of it.
If you have any specific questions, ask away!