Got all your circles sewed and blocks pressed? It’s time to cut them up!
Here are Chere’s blocks – dark backgrounds and all fabric has either circles or dots. So interesting – can’t wait to see the finished quilt.
Since your foundation block was cut 9″ x 9″ our measurement to cut into quarters is 4-1/2″ on your ruler. Cut all blocks into 4 – 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ quarters.
One block becomes 4 small blocks.
See the squares at the top of the photo? That’s where you started. We’re going to cut all the blocks into quarters and sew 4 different quarters together into one new block.
But before you start sewing blocks I want you to see what Scott is doing with his quarter blocks.
So you can see you’re not limited to making one square block out of 4 quarter blocks. A design wall would be helpful to lay out a new configuration.
When you’re cutting please note that your block measures 9″ x 9″. Sometimes the foundation block gets a bit “skewed” after sewing circles in the same direction 3 times.
Cut very carefully because if they’re not cut the same size, your finished block will be “off”. I cut only one block at a time and toss the quarters into a box or bag.
Now let’s sew them together. I like to sew from the outside edge to the center so the raw edges don’t flip up.
Do not press the seam at this time.
When you sew pairs together, nest the seams with the top seam going UP and the seam underneath going DOWN. Your machine will force them together in a perfect match.
Go back to the ironing board and iron the quarter block seams in the direction you’ve sewed them and iron the center seam open.
Voila! Your first block!
This is the first step we’ve done that I’m going to tell you to match precisely but if everything was measured correctly in the first place, you should have no problems.
Ok, now here’s the thing. You might start out finding four different quarters that look good together but by the end you might have too many reds in your outer circle or too many backgrounds that match – you get the idea? If this happens and you don’t like it, make a few more Bullseye blocks and slice them up for variety. The choice is yours.
The next step of course is sewing blocks into rows which I’ll talk about next Tuesday but if you’re having a snow day and want to go ahead, don’t let me stop you! Go for it!
Tammy has been helping me today.
Our storm warning has been cancelled and the 6-8″ of snow has disappeared. The weather app says — “snow is unlikely”! Like my mom always said – the weather man is the only job she knew of where you can be wrong 90% of the time and still keep your job! Haha! The entire North Iowa area is closed today waiting for the storm! Ugh!
Have fun with your Bullseye blocks – if I’ve missed anything, let me know and I’ll answer in the comments.