Are you looking for a quilt that can have a masculine feel to it? The Bull’s Eye quilt is the perfect option. You can even choose between three size options. The block for this quilt can be 9 inches or 12 inches. (Patterns for both will be provided.) The piecing instructions are the same; the cutting instructions are different based on size.
This block combines paper piecing and traditional piecing. I chose to paper piece some of the block units to keep from having to cut fabric strips as precisely as traditional piecing (which requires cutting down to 1/16th increments). If you are already familiar with paper piecing, this is quick and easy paper piecing. If you are new to paper piecing, the simple blocks are the perfect introduction. I will provide enough printed paper foundation patterns to complete three 9-inch blocks or three 12-inch blocks.
This (pictured top right) is the version that I will demonstrate in class (although you’ll be able to easily make either of the 9-inch versions at the same time). It has a 12-inch block with hourglass center and no sashing or borders. I echoed the hourglass colors in the corners of the block to create an hourglass design where the blocks come together. Finished dimensions: 72 ½" x 72 ½".
My coordinated-scrappy Bull’s Eye combined Maywood Studio’s Woolies Flannels and Moda’s Wool and Needle flannels. These fabric lines are reintroduced each year with variations in the flannel prints – but they all coordinate with each other. (I’ve recently seen these flannels at both Quilter’s Attic in Bountiful and Quilts Etc. in Sandy. Both lines are also available at quiltshops.com from a variety of different shops.)
I stumbled across several red, black, gray, and white fabrics to make the planned scrappy version of this quilt. As with all planned scrappy quilts, choosing the colors of your favorite college or professional sports team is a great way to go. My apologies to all of the die-hard University of Michigan fans in my family for my use of Ohio State’s scarlet-and-gray color scheme. It was completely unintentional!
NOTE: If you are at a loss for deciding on a color scheme, search for “color scheme” in Pinterest and you’ll find some terrific options. Then, on your next shop hop, look for fabrics in those colors. Also, check out the color and theme fabric medleys at Keepsake Quilting (www.keepsakequilting.com).