I've been writing recently about how I can't figure out how to use my huge stash of commercial prints.
But wait! I had occasion last week to use one in a quilt! And not a throwaway quilt, not a baby quilt, not a placemat, but something that could become part of a new art series. I'm not ready to share the full view with you, as it's not quilted yet, but it is sure DIFFERENT!
Interestingly, when I decided I needed a hunk of print, I knew exactly which fabric I wanted. It was a print left over from a dress, I think, probably dating back to the 80s or very early 90s. And to my delight, I was able to go to the right drawer and find it, and it was perfect for the quilt, just as I had thought it would be.
I think one answer is that the print is so large and the shapes so unrecognizable that it appears in the quilt simply as a field of color rather than as flowers or fish.