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Thread: Boxy Bullseye and Mini-Tut

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    Boxy Bullseye and Mini-Tut

    What a fun scrappy! I call this one "Birthday Party" because it conjurs that image to me! By using really large scale for most of your background pieces, it can give that kind of look!

    I just started this one 3 days ago and doing 12 blocks a day, I can finish this quilt in 10 days! I chain-sew 2 blocks at a time that have been prepped with corners trimmed and it takes 5 minutes total! It's my own pattern and it's been on the bucket list for 4 years. My first block produced a 'squarish' looking bullseye so I decided to go with this boxy bullseye since I've not seen anything like it anywhere!
    I love the way my pattern produces little to no waste! That's unlike most Bullseye patterns where you start with cutting really large circles and end up with lots of leftovers! Then they quarter the blocks so you end up having to scatter those 4 blocks that are identical. With my pattern, you can do it the charm way using up lots of smaller scraps! A charm quilt, for those who don't already know, is a quilt where no fabric is repeated. Plus, you don't have to match anything in this quilt except the seam of the center circle where the 4 blocks join.

    Because this quilt is raw edge, you don't really need to be concerned about the circles meeting right as it will all get frayed. And if you're really in a hurry to make this quilt, you can skip the part of cutting the backside out and just leaving the fabric in and eliminating the batting! You could also do each block a QAYG which would make it a faster quilt yet!

    I've provided templates but you can make your own to save printing out templates. Simply cut the paper or cardboard stock into the size squares you want and then round off one corner by sketching your line and then cutting it out. You can make an elongated line to give it a 'circle' appearance or you can make it boxy like mine! By the way, you don't have to be precise about these circles as it all gets frayed!

    My quarter block pattern produces an 11" block so 30 blocks = 55x66 quilt + border + binding so this will make a fairly large size quilt! I have 21 more 4P's to make or 84 more blocks. I just couldn't wait to do a tut for you so here's the pics of its early stage, but we can see now it's going to be a lively quilt!

    Have fun with your Boxy Bullseye! Here comes the self-explanatory tut!
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    and the rest of the tut:
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    and here is more of the tut:
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    and some more of the tut:
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    Good afternoon! What an interesting and cleverly done block. Thank you. Blessings to you!

    Linda

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    Super job! It gives me courage to try curves! Thank you so much! (Beautiful quilt too!)
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    I am going to try this one. Looks like fun. Thanks!

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    Thanks everyone so much! You know my camera just doesn't justify this quilt very well. It's so pretty in person. I just took a pic of a close up for you to see. Most of my circles met very nicely, but the one in this block didn't. It just adds to the appeal of the quilt when it's off a little. After washing, it should really look nice! Anyway, I took a pic of this block so you can see how I used the deer antlers in this block along with the big pansy and the vintage piece of the girl's long legs and feet to show you this is what you should aim for to get a busy looking quilt! It does make it more exciting for the center circle. I'll probably use her face somewhere else in the quilt! I'll be sure and post pics when I get done with this Bullseye! It will be fun to see what you guys come up with it!! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilts! Happy quilting! n2

    Here's the pic; it's titled 'aim for busy fabrics'
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    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Good afternoon! What an interesting and cleverly done block. Thank you. Blessings to you!
    Thanks, Linda! Yes, it is cleverly done as most Bullseye quilts are done in the reverse of the way I did mine! They start with the center block and I start mine from the outside edge working inward! I just took a better pic so everyone can see how really lively it is! My camera merged reds, pinks and oranges in the first pic! lol.
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    Wow, your latest photo sure shows the color better. Even cooler. Thanks. It could be used to make an I spy type of quilt for kids.

    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Wow, your latest photo sure shows the color better. Even cooler. Thanks. It could be used to make an I spy type of quilt for kids.
    Yes, some kid is going to be happy with this quilt!! I will continue using the novelty prints in the centers for a fun quilt for a kid, teen or adult! One of the prints has garden seed packets that says, Pansy, Sunflower and Basil! I will have fun digging thru the stash for some fun fabrics. No telling what I'll find!!

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    I really like this quilt and the method of making it! It's not like anything I've ever seen. will you post a picture once it's finished and washed so that we can see how it "rags" up?

    Thanks for doing the tut for us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    I really like this quilt and the method of making it! It's not like anything I've ever seen. will you post a picture once it's finished and washed so that we can see how it "rags" up?

    Thanks for doing the tut for us!
    Thank you, Pinkiris! Yes, I sure will post a pic after it's all washed and raggy as I can't wait to see it myself!

    For everyone else, I forgot to mention that this quilt is not just limited to a circle shape!! Yes, you can make it a star shape, hexagon, circle, boxy circle, or even just squares or tilt the squares and you'll have a wonky square bullseye!!

    I drew a pic of my pattern for a Hexagon Bullseye since I was considering it, but will draw a pattern in Paints for those who might be interested and post it here soon. My pen and ink drawing is not too suitable for download since it was a draft. It would, of course, have to be PP. Will post that pattern for whoever may want it. Thanks again, Pinkiris and am so glad you love my quilt!

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    Ok, I went to Paints and drew my pattern for the hexie bullseye and you can see how the hexie appears when the 4 blocks come together. Drawing with a comp mouse is not my ideal way to draw, but I think you can see how it will look from my drawing. This would have to be PP for it to come out hexie shaped, but would be very nice in a mini size! Name:  hexie bullseye pattern.JPG
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    First, let me say that your tutorial is done very nicely. It is easy to use and understand. I love it. I did one using circles but it had a very different layout, http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t185454.html . Now, here is my question. Why couldn't you do one just using squares without cutting off the corners, using either layout? As I looked at the pictute of your blocks, this thought came to me and I wanted another opinion.

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    You are a very talented and kind to share the tutorial. Thanks for sharing

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    You can also just cut a square then 3 circles in decreasing sizes and sew circles on square( around the circles)...then just cut the sewn square into 1/4ths (down sewn square then across the square.)You will have 4 pieces and then mix up all the segments and sew together.

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    That is what I did in the above post where I showed a different kind of scrappy but I didn't put them back into circles when I was done. It is time consuming but turns out real nice, I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by quilting nurse View Post
    You can also just cut a square then 3 circles in decreasing sizes and sew circles on square( around the circles)...then just cut the sewn square into 1/4ths (down sewn square then across the square.)You will have 4 pieces and then mix up all the segments and sew together.

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    Great job and nice tute!
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    Love it ou went to a lot of work producing the templates, measurements, ect.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    First, let me say that your tutorial is done very nicely. It is easy to use and understand. I love it. I did one using circles but it had a very different layout, http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t185454.html . Now, here is my question. Why couldn't you do one just using squares without cutting off the corners, using either layout? As I looked at the pictute of your blocks, this thought came to me and I wanted another opinion.
    Thank you, Twinkie, for your nice compliments! I love your quilt and that layout you did is one of my favorites! I almost started to lay my blocks that way but because I've wanted a circle type bullseye for so long that I just decided I would do one of those types later. It's the same layout as you would do with the Fan block and then it's called "Snake in the Hollow" pattern! But of course, you turned it into an ever larger design pattern by the way you did your blocks. I see you missed my earlier comment to someone on this thread, so I'll repost it here in answer to your
    question of leaving the squares whole:

    For everyone else, I forgot to mention that this quilt is not just limited to a circle shape!! Yes, you can make it a star shape, hexagon, circle, boxy circle, or even just squares or tilt the squares and you'll have a wonky square bullseye!!

    Wtg, Twinkie, for thinking about that idea too! I like it and it too would make a great looking scrappy!

    My method of doing quarter blocks cuts down on the possibility of getting puckers in the circle like you would get doing the whole circle at once! Plus, I love the fact that there's so little waste of material with my method! Also, I love the fact you don't end up with 4 identical quarter blocks you get from starting with whole circles and then dissecting the blocks and then having to scatter them throughout the quilt so they don't meet up with one another.

    Also, this is a good time to tell others about dissecting the Bullseye blocks! If you are making the original Bullseye by cutting out whole circles, there are several ways the blocks are cut. Besides the horizontal/vertical cuts of the 4 qtrs., you can also dissect the block diagonally to get very large pie-shaped wedges. Then you would sew join the longest side of the block to another, where the circles are back-to-back from one another!

    Another great thing about these qtr. blocks are the many different layouts you can get from different looks! I realized yesterday I had sewn all my blocks into 4P's before laying them out in a "Snake in the Hollow" pattern to take pics of for the tut. Well, I will do that layout for everyone with my next set of 9 4P's! I really love that look and it looks great with busy scraps!

    Also, besides doing a square type Bullseye, I also gave a demo on doing a Hexagon Bullseye! Btw, everyone PLEASE NOTE THAT I WAS WRONG ABOUT THE HEXAGON HAVING TO BE PP. This is not so! I don't know what I was thinking of when I said that but guess I forgot about this quilt being raw edge and it would be VERY EASY to do a Hexagon Bullseye!! NO PP NECESSARY! Also, I was trying to figure out how I would do a star shape and I will come up with a pattern and post the pattern pieces for anyone wanting to do that one! That would look great in scraps!!

    Well, thanks Twinkie for your great question! It sure opened Pandora's Box for us as we'll be exploring other shapes for the Bullseye block!

    p.s. Also, thanks for providing your link and sharing your quilt with us!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    That is what I did in the above post where I showed a different kind of scrappy but I didn't put them back into circles when I was done. It is time consuming but turns out real nice, I think.
    Yes! What quilting nurse just described is the way a typical Bullseye block is made. My preference is to make the quarter block first so that I can use lots of smaller scraps of 3" - 4".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariah View Post
    Love it ou went to a lot of work producing the templates, measurements, ect.....
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    Thanks, Mariah! So glad you like my quilt so far!

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    I found some links for those of you who want to see some samples and layouts:

    Here's what a Hexagon Bullseye will look like:
    http://www.quilterbydesign.com/MeetT...nBullseye.html

    here's what it looks like frayed:
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...39363494fmLkVU

    Scroll down the page to see this Bullseye w/black background
    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2...ilt-posts.html

    Here's one w/the blocks laid in a flower shape:
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...51882581eTKgSp

    So you see there are many ways to lay this block out!! I even saw a serpentine Bullseye so have fun playing with your layouts!

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