Bull's Eye

Taught by Nancy Allen

Bull's Eye

Coordinated-scrappy Bull's Eye

This is the version that will be demonstrated in class

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).

Supply List:

Yardage (72" x 72" Coordinated Scrappy quilt, 36 12-inch blocks)



  • 1-1/2 yard dark fabric (for block corners and center hourglass units) 
  • 1-1/2 yard light fabric (for block corners and center hourglass units) 
  • Various fabrics for blocks Approximately 6.5 yards total:
    • 54 fat eighth pieces (11"x18") or 1/8 yard cuts (4.5"x44") of fabric) each fabric will be used in two blocks;
    • Or 28 fat quarters (18"x22"); each fabric will be used in four blocks
  • Backing 4-1/2 yards
  • Binding 5/8 yard
  • Batting 80" x 80"

Yardage (64½"x76½" Make-Do Scrappy Quilt, 20 9-inch blocks)

Make-do Alternative 1

Make-do Alternative 1

  • 4-1/2 yards assorted medium and dark scraps (blocks, sashing, four-patch cornerstones, and checkerboard border)
  • You’ll need two medium or dark fabrics for each block – one fabric piece that is approximately 5" x 10" and one fabric that is 8" x 20"
  • 2 5/8 yards total various light fabrics (block backgrounds, sashing, four-patch cornerstones, and checkerboard border) Each block needs a piece of fabric that is 5" x 28" or 10" x 14"
  • 7/8 yard (inner border and corner squares)
  • Binding 5/8 yard
  • Backing 4 yards
  • Batting 73" x 85"

Yardage (50" x 50" Planned Scrappy Quilt, 12 9-inch blocks)

Planned Scrappiness

  • 1 to 1 1/2 yards light fabrics for blocks (You can use a single fabric for all blocks, or different lights for each block like I did. Each block needs a piece of fabric that is 5" x 28" or 10" x 14".)
  • 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 yards medium and dark fabrics for blocks (You’ll need two medium or dark fabrics for each block – one fabric piece that is approximately 5" x 10" and one fabric that is 8" x 20".)
  • Cornerstones 1/8 yard into 25 2" squares for 
  • Sashing 3/4 yard into 40 2" x 9 1/2" rectangles
  • Outer border 1 yard (for pieced border) OR 1 1/2 yards for unpieced border on straight of grain
    • five 3 1/2" x 42" strips cut across width of fabric (for pieced border) OR four 3 1/2" strips cut from the length of the fabric (for unpieced border)
  • Binding 1/2 yard
  • Backing 2 1/2yards
  • Batting 58" x 58"

Other Supplies:

  • Book: Triple-Play Scrap Quilting. Digital versions available for $16.99 from: http://www.shopmartingale.com/triple-play-scrap-quilting.html
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • A variety of sizes of acrylic rulers (6"x12" with 1/4" markings, a 6-1/2"x6-1/2" square ruler for trimming while paper piecing and squaring up block units)
  • ¼" quilting foot
  • Fabric and paper scissors
  • Seam ripper (sad, but true)
  • Pins
  • Foundation paper for paper piecing (I like this paper, which fits in printers and copiers: http://www.shopmartingale.com/papers-for-foundation-piecing.html)
  • Extra sewing machine needles (just in case)
  • Portable iron
  • Open-toe sewing machine foot
  • Piece of muslin (about 12" x 12" to ensure toner from paper foundation doesn't transfer to your pressing surface)
  • Size 90/14 sewing machine needle (optional, but makes it easier to remove paper foundation)
  • Glue stick