In the meantime, I did something that the used-or-free-fabric police wouldn't allow: I bought a piece of fabric for about 7$ a yard, it is the orange, red dotted material. I just thought a proper spoonful of orange would freshen the quilt up.
I still have almost 40 more squares to go! It is a race against time -- remember, this quilt is all hand-made, not a single machine-stitch anywhere. It is a seek-and-find game,some of the animals are hiding, so is Nemo.
Some of the animals are even harder to find, but that's part of the game.