Free Pattern: The Chance Quilt

I started writing this quilt pattern last year.  It was right around the time that Smitten came out and I was so excited to use the fabric!  I really wanted to use every print in the line and also I wanted to use precuts.  So, I sat down and came up with this quilt!  It is SO fun to make.  And, honestly, I keep dreaming of new lines to try it in :)  I really think it would look good in any fabric, no matter what you used!

I am making another one right now using Feed Sacks Red Rover by Linzee Cull McCray for Moda Fabrics and it is just dreamy!  I'll be sharing more on Instagram- so be sure you are following me there!

If you make one of my quilt patterns, I'd love to see!  Tag me- @jessicadayon- on Instagram and use the hashtags #jessicadayonpatterns and #chancequilt

Finished Quilt Size: 74” x 92”
Finished Block Size: 16”


1 Charm pack of Smitten by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
1 Jelly Roll of Smitten by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
¾ of Moda Bella Solid 9900-98
1½ of Moda Cross Weave Graphite 12120-52
5½ yards backing, used here 55171 12 of Smitten by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
¾ yards binding, used here 55173 15 of Smitten by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
The Warm Company Warm 100 Full Size Batting, 90” x 96”


Read through the instructions before beginning
All seams are sewn with ¼” seam allowance unless noted
RST means right sides together
HST means half square triangles
WOF means width of fabric
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The diagram below shows the placement of each color in the quilt block.  This makes it easier to visualize where each fabric goes so you know and also in case you want to make color substitutions.


White Background- 
         -cut 4- 61/8” by WOF strips;
                  Ÿ-subcut into 61/8” squares (you’ll get 6 per strip), 20 needed

Cross Weave-
         -cut 5- 5” by WOF strips
                  Ÿsubcut into 5” squares (you’ll get 8 per strip), 40 needed
         -cut 5- 51/8” by WOF strips
                  Ÿsubcut into 51/8” squares (you’ll get 8 per strip), 40 needed. Then, subcut each square once on the diagonal to yield two triangles, 80 needed.


Separate the jelly roll strips into 10 groups of 4 strips each. 

Begin strip piecing the jelly roll strips. First, sew two strips together along the WOF length.  Press open. Sew another strip onto that set along the WOF length. Press open.  Sew a final strip onto that set along the WOF length.  Press open.  You now have one strip set made of 4 jelly roll strips sewn together along the WOF length.

Then cut each strip set into 16- 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles.  Set aside.

Repeat for the remaining 9 groups of jelly roll strips.

Gather the 61/8” white background fabric squares and the cross weave triangles (that were cut from the 51/8” squares).  Sew a cross weave triangle onto one side of the white square and then another one the opposite side.  Press with the seam allowance toward the cross weave.  Trim the overhang.  

Sew a cross weave triangle onto a side and another onto the opposite side.  Press the seam allowance toward the cross weave. 

To trim the block, line up the top and bottom point of the white diamond with the 4.25” line on your square make sure the right point has ¼” seam allowance from the point also).  Trim the excess.  Rotate the square and line the sides you just trimmed with the 8.5” on your square. Trim the excess.  

Repeat to make a total of 20 blocks.

To make the HST, gather need 40 charm squares and 40- 5” squares of cross weave.

Make 80 HST using the two at a time method. Draw a diagonal line on the back of all the 5” charm squares.  Line up a charm square and a cross weave square, RST. Sew ¼” away from the center line on each side of it.  Cut on the center line.  

Press the units, pressing the seam allowance toward the cross weave.  Take care not to distort the fabric when pressing.  Trim the HST so that they measure 4.5” x 4.5”.  You will have 80 HST units.  

Gather the HST, the 2.5” x 4.5” jelly strip pieced blocks, and the center diamonds.  Lay the block out as shown below. 

Sew the block together.  

The unfinished block should measure 16.5”.  Repeat until you have a total of 20 blocks.


Sew a 2.5” x 21” sashing between each block of a row.  You can trim the sashing piece before (to 16.5”) or sew it on as is (21”) and trim to exactly fit the block after sewing. Repeat for each row.

Piece 2- 2.5” x WOF background pieces together, end to end, to yield a 2.5” x 86” piece.  Repeat four more times.  Use these pieces as sashing between the rows.  Sew the rows and sashing together.


Piece 2- 2.5” x WOF background pieces together, end to end, to yield a 2.5” x 86” piece.  Repeat three more times.  Use two of these pieces as the top and bottom borders.  Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt. Take the remaining two border pieces and to each one, piece another 2.5” x 21” border piece end to end, so that you have two new border pieces that measure 2.5” x 107”. Sew these on as the left and right borders.  Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt. 


Baste, quilt, and bind the quilt using your preferred methods. 

For the binding, I cut ¾ yard of binding fabric into 9- 2.5” straight of grain binding.

Post your progress and finished quilt on Instagram, I’d love to see!   Tag me @jessicadayon and use the hashtags- #chancequilt #jessicadayonpatterns

You can print a PDF of this pattern here!

Here's mine!

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  1. Thanks! It looks like a great quilt. At the bottom of p. 3, it says to cut the strip set into 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles. Should that be 4.5 x 8.5 inches?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for catching this! You are correct! I'll get that fixed and upload a new PDF right away. Thank you! Jessica


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