When my roommate from grad school, Vanessa, had her little man I wanted to make a baby quilt for him. Her nursery items were full of bright, vibrant colors and when I found the Punctuation Alpha Card fabric by Moda I knew it would be perfect.
For the center of the quilt I cut out each alpha block and then pieced the blocks together with black sashing. I assembled 'D' - 'W' into a rectangle, made a strip of 'A' - 'C' and 'X' - 'Z' and then set the three pieces aside.
For the outside border of the quilt I went through my fabric stash and pulled out a bunch of bright scraps in rainbow colors. I cut each scrap to 6-1/2" and then cut strips in random widths from 1" to 2-1/2". I arranged the strips in a random order and sewed them together. I then added a section of the border to the top of the 'A' - 'C' strip, the bottom of the 'X' - 'Z' strip, and both sides of the 'D' - 'W' rectangle.
To make the corners I made four rectangles of the colored strips 11" x 13", two with the strips going vertically and two with the strips going horizontally. I then made a diagonal cut across each of the blocks and then reassembled the vertical strip and horizonal strip triangles to make the mitered corners.
To finish the quilt top I sewed a mitered corner block to each side of the 'A' - 'C' and 'X' - 'Z' strips and assembed the 'A' - 'C' strip, 'D' - 'W' rectangle and 'X' - 'Z' to each other. I basted the quilt top to the batting with an alphabet print for the quilt back and then quilted it with a straight pattern. I completed the quilt by adding black binding around the edges.
Vanessa loved the quilt and it really warmed my heart to see it in her son's nursery when I visited her in DC this past summer. It is far from a perfect quilt with some uneven seams and stiches but it was made with love for a very special little man and his wonderful mom.