I helped to cater for forty hungry young rowers (as in boats, not arguments) one day last week. So I turned up at the boathouse ready to help cook vast cauldrons of chicken casserole and huge trays of potatoes with my wonderful cake-carriers full of Smartie-decorated vanilla butterfly cakes and chocolate butterfly cakes.
Then, when I was compiling a list of the fabrics used in the quilt I made last week, I saw they were of a similarly pretty, sweet hue with lots of pale colours and just a few brighter highlights. (I have to stress that this is me working deliberately to create a pale quilt and it is in fact the palest I could manage from the fabrics I own; anything paler and I would be yawning all through the sewing.) Of course, it's the little Smartie dots and details of deeper colour that keep the whole effect lively and interesting.
Just think how pale and uninteresting the cakes would be without the Smarties and that's exactly how I feel about a purely pale quilt. Which leads me to conclude that the quilt that has resulted from these yummy fabrics most definitely benefits from the Smartie Effect (as, indeed, does life).