Is this not the sweetest background fabric?
I stopped at Whittle's on Friday with a very specific list: white Grunge for Dusk to Dawn, gray Grunge for Tiny Tuesdays, and a border fabric for Chunky Churn Dash as well as a wide back for same. Of course I had to peruse the aisles looking for the CCD border and this sweet fabric just hopped into my cart!
As soon as I got home I went to the sewing room to see if I had anything to go with the new acquisition. I found two old repro fabrics from the New England Quilt Museum. Before I could say "Jack Robinson" (see note below), I had washed the fabric, cut strips, and started on these.
Jack Robinson is a name present in a common figure of speech used to represent quickness. The normal usage is, "(something is done) faster than you can say Jack Robinson" or otherwise "before you can say Jack Robinson." The phrase can be traced back to the eighteenth century. The similar phrase "Before you can say 'Knife!'" dates from at least 1850, when it appeared in Charles Dickens' Household Words.