Anyway, all the 'houses' are made as much as they can be made until I decide what I am going to do for the background.
As I was laying them out on the floor, white came to me in a brainwave. All I would have to do to make white work, is make the roofs brown rather than white.
The upside of white is that I have some already and I won't have to search for the 'right' blue. The possible downsides - my white with yellow spots fabric might blend in too much so the house shape won't stand out, and the quilt won't be as colourful as it would with a nice blue. I also struggle with the impracticality of white in a baby quilt.
The winter (ie usually the rainy-est) school hols start at the end of this week. Yay. This one is on my to finish list.