Cutting Corners Quilt (Big Boy Quilt)

Last Christmas, little E figured out how to climb out of his crib.  (Yes, merry Christmas to us!)   Therefore, it was time to move little E into a big boy bed, and time for me to make him a big boy quilt!

I planned the quilt around a cute fabric I found, an Alexander Henry print called “Traffic Jam”.  As I have lamented before, it’s not so easy to get “boy”- appropriate quilting prints, so this was a great find.  The print has a rather large repeat so I didn’t want to make a quilt that would require cutting it up into too many small pieces.

With this in mind, I decided that the “Cutting Corners” quilt from Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts was the perfect pattern to showcase this fabric.  Not only does it make the most of the design,  it’s simple to put together (though in my case “Last Minute” means start in January, finish in July).  The construction is as follows:  one large rectangular panel in the center, bordered by a selection of other fabrics.   (I had a lot of the traffic jam print, so I repeated it for one of the borders).  To finish, you quilt the blanket together by sewing a series of rectangles–each successive rectangle nestled inside a larger one.

I have just enough fabric left over to make a matching pillowcase, so…watch this space!

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