What If? Quilt

What if watermark

Thrilled to be back at the Moda Bake Shop! This is a fat quarter friendly project, a simple block that can be set in a variety of ways! Play a bit of What if? with this one! Plus, with the way this block is made a bonus block and quilt can be made of the cuttings!

This quilt finishes at 68″ x 76″. Blocks are 9″.


21 Fat quarters from the Sundrop collection or 1 FQ bundle #29010 AB
2.25 yards for background # 29014-12
2 yards outer Border # 29010-15
4 yards Backing # 29012025
1 yards for inner border and binding # 29015-27



she used bits of sunshine to make beautiful things……


Cutting Instructions for (1) 9″ block.  I made a total of 42 scrappy blocks.   Each block will contain 4 different print fabrics plus the background fabric.

Fabric A is the background fabric.  Cut 14 strips 3 1/2 x WOF  (3 1/2″ x 21″) Subcut into (84) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles.

These instructions are for one block. Because this is so scrappy, you will adjust your numbers according to how many fat quarters you are using.  I used 21, but you can use more or less.

Fabric B: Cut (1) 3 1/2″ square.  (You will need a total of 42..so if you are using 21 fat quarters, cut (2) from each fat quarter)

Fabric C:  Cut (1) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle.  (You will need a total of 42, so if you are using 21 fat quarters, cut (2) from each fat quarter.

Fabric D: Cut (1) 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle.  (You will need a total of 42, so if you are using 21 fat quarters, cut (2) from each fat quarter.

Fabric E: Cut (1) 6 1/2″ square.  (You will need a total of 42…so if you are using 21 fat quarters, cut (2) from each fat quarter.)

First Border: Cut 6 strips 2″ x WOF.

Outer Border: Cut (4) 5 1/2″ squares for the corner blocks.  These can be all the same or different fabrics.

Cut (2) strips 5 1/2″ x 66 1/2″ (or your own personal measurement) x LOF (length of fabric)

Cut (2) strips 5 1/2″ x 57 1/2″ (or your own PM) x LOF

Binding: Cut (7) strips 2 1/2″ x WOF.


Unit one

Sew a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ C rectangle to a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle. Press seams open.  Unit should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Diagram 1


Unit 2: Draw a diagonal line on the back of a 6 1/2″ Fabric E square.

Diagram 2




Right sides together , place a square on the unit one  pieced square.  Sew on the drawn line. As you make each block, pay attention to the how you have the bar unit laid out in relation to the square with the diagonal line.  Make sure each block lays out the same before you sew and cut.  I laid mine out as shown.  The main idea is to make them all the same.

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Trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line…and always trim the same side of the triangle.  Save these for a bonus project!

Corner Units and Block 

Sew a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background (A) to the side of unit one.

Sew a 3 1/2″ square B to a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background (A) rectangle.

Press toward the background fabric. Sew the block together as shown in the photo.  Pay attention to the layout of your block.  Make 42 blocks.

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Now comes the fun part…playing What if?  This block can be set together in your quilt in a variety of ways.  I went to my design wall and played! I set the blocks together in rows of 6 blocks per row, 7 rows total.  Here is the diagram for the finished quilt, and I will share  other possible settings with you at the end.

What if1


Piece together the inner border strips to make (2) 2″ x 57 1/2″.  Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Piece together the inner border strips to make (2) 2″ x 63″.  Sew to the sides of the quilt.

Outer border:

Sew the 5 1/2″ blocks to each end of the 57 1/2 x 5 1/2″ outer border strips.

Sew the borders on as shown in diagram.

Now for some more ideas…and I know you will play and come up with more! Just have fun with it!

What if 3 What if2

What if4 What if5

What I did with the cut aways!

I sewed the triangles together with a 1/4″ seam, pressed and trimmed all my blocks to 5 1/2″.  For the outer corners, I cut my rectangles 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and the corner squares are 1 1/2″ . This will give you a 6″ finished block.   You could use any of the above quilt settings, or come up with your own!


This quilt finishes at 68″ x 76″.

I hope you have fun making this quilt!  Please come for a visit to my blog.  I would love to see what you come up with as well.  You can find me on Instagram @punkydoodle53.  See you soon!

Sharon Denney Parcel
{ www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com}


17 comments on “What If? Quilt

  1. Jeanne says:

    That looks so fun!

  2. annie says:

    on my to do list !!

  3. I really appreciate how you show different layout options. It’s so fun to have a block that’s unique and versatile. Something about the third one shown (upper right) just grabs my eye! Your design and quilt are beautiful!

  4. Hi could use a FRIVOL. 7 inch squares.plus yardage

  5. just beautiful and good instructions

  6. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is the cutest quilt ever!
    Thank you for sharing this. I will print and use! #Ihavetoomuchfabric

  7. Anita says:

    My quilting cousin and I love this pattern…we each want to make one soon! Looks fast and easy, and that’s what we like about it.

  8. Rhonda V. says:

    This is a really fun and versatile design! I will have to put this one on my list I think. : ) Thank you!!!

  9. Susan Suchower says:

    I like this!!!! So you actually get two quilts! I going to use 21 fq from my stash and get some grunge for solid background; this will go in my make later stash school has already started. thank you for a clever design and various layouts this has such possibility with fabric variations…. Thank you

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