The bullseye quilt pattern was originally based on the bullseye quilt block, but I have changed the block so much that I should really have given the quilt a new name. What I was hoping to achieve was the star in the middle and then the other squares forming a diamond frame around it.
The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of red and sunflower fabric with 3/4 yard each of brown, blue and white. It’s quite a dark quilt in the sense that I have used three dark colours with just one medium (the sunflower) and one light fabric (the white). As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount on the normal fabric price. For more details click on this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the bullseye quilt
3.1/2″ squares: twenty eight red, twenty four brown, thirty two sunflower, thirty two white
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in blue and white, twenty four each in brown and white
For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of blue fabric – two of them 42.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the bullseye quilt and two of them 46.1/2″ long for the sides.
Making the quilt block
You’ll be pleased to see that there are not too many half square triangles in the bullseye quilt. Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make these in either blue and white or brown and white. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out in seven rows of seven. This is quite an unusual size – I can’t remember when I last made a seven patch unit.
The red squares are placed in the corners and along the central part of one diagonal. They are surrounded by first the sunflower squares and then the brown squares.
The blue triangles are placed around each corner in a butterfly shape and the brown triangles are placed to form two triangles so that the overall impression is of a brown square surrounding the central blocks. Making the block is straightforward now – just sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make four of these blocks.
Assembling the bullseye quilt
Sew the blocks together in two pairs and then sew the pairs together. You will need to rotate the blocks to form the diamond shape surrounding the central star. If you look at the red squares, you can follow which way to rotate the blocks – in the top pair of blocks the red squares go from the bottom left to the top right of the first block and then from the top left to the bottom right of the second block.
Adding the bullseye quilt border
I tried all the fabrics for the 3.1/2″ border but decided that I liked the blue best. Sew a 42.1/2″ strip to the top and one to the bottom. Finally sew a 46.1/2″ length to each side.
The bullseye quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
I know that a lot of places have had a lot of snow, which we haven’t here in Ludlow, but it’s still uncomfortably cold if you’re outside. I’m still sorting out my father’s house so together with my sewing I have plenty of reason to stay inside in the warm!