I have created graphed letters made of half-square triangles and squares that can be used to create anything you want. I show it here as a table runner but it would be awesome going down the side of a quilt for a new off-to-college student...you could make it in their team colors!
Size and fabric requirements will depend on the school name you choose, but I give guidelines on how to figure it.
Complete directions including diagrams that teach step by step how to make this quilt. It looks intricate but is really quite easy to do as the letters are broken down into components. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner to master, as well as the intermediate quilter. It's small size makes it a good way to try the pattern.