I knew there had to be at least one more kid's quilt in that pile. What's a gal to do but invite a few friends over and have a sew day?
I cut out as many 3 1/2 inch squares as I could from the pile:
Then I sewed them up into four-patch units and alternated those with plain white squares:
The last step was to find a border fabric. Turns out I had a rocketship fabric that contained all the same bright colors:
A narrow inner border of blue and a wide border of the rockets resulted in this cute quilt top:
With 3 of us sharing just one ironing station, it turned out to be the one place where a bit of a traffic jam could take place. (Not that we minded the chance to take a break and chat while we waited our turn.. It was more like we didn't want the person at the iron to feel rushed.) Anything that could economize on the use of the iron was handy. So, I came up with a plan to sew the two borders onto the quilt with only 3 trips to the ironing board instead of 4.
1: Sew top and bottom inner borders to center of quilt. At the same time, take remaining 2 inner border pieces and sew them to two of the outer borders pieces. Iron quilt and also the border pieces.
2: Sew left and right borders to quilt. Iron.
3: Sew remaining outer borders to top and bottom. Iron.
I had lots more colored squares and enough rocketship fabric to make a second quilt top. I forgot to get a photo of the finished top before I turned them over to our Quilt for Kids coordinator, but here it is what it looked like in progress.
Oddly enough, my pile of rainbow scraps doesn't look much smaller, but that only means there are more quilts to come.