Well, OK. I've got three quilt tops ready to quilt. Well, I need to get it all pinned into a quilt sandwich and stuff, but they're pieced. And, strictly speaking, the next quilt top in line should be the one for the monkey. Except I haven't figured out the pattern yet. I need to make some sketches and show them to him. The choices are rail fence or log cabin, basically.
I have these reproduction flour sacks or feed sacks or something - a charm pack I bought online. They remind me of a quilt my great grandma Lanning made for me when I was LaLa's age. The little squares are pretty bright. I don't know how but they're soft and bright at the same time. Putting them all just next to eachother was too much. But leaving a space between them wasn't really right either.
Here are some of the things that were "almost good"
I also had trouble figuring out what the solid color should be. The squares are basically red, orange, green, blue, yellow, pink and purple. So I didn't want to pick any one of those colors. And white seemed too white. And chocolate and black weren't what I was looking for and khaki or cream seem dingy to me. I finally settled on grey, after reading about modern color combinations - they mentioned orange and grey, which I hadn't really thought of before but sounded interesting. [I have no idea who wrote it, I go link hopping sometimes.]
ETA: Ha! I think I found what I read before, and I may have extrapolated from the intended topic.
Also visited Darlene Zimmerman's site (she was featured in a recent magazine, and the quilt they showed was, again, almost what I was looking for) - and was struck by the "feedsack patches kit" [shopping page, about 1/2 way down]. That is it!
I got to the fabric store with about 10 minutes to spare and picked up gray Kona Cotton.
Here's my mockup: