After taking all comments on the first layout into account and some ideas that others had, here is the revised version of the university quilt:I think the wild colours are tamed a bit by putting a framed block in between each larger square. My daughter likes this layout better. We still need to tweak the squares to distribute the colours more evenly.
I also cut out the rest of the lights and all of the golds for the Bonnie Hunter Christmas lights mystery quilt tonight. No photos yet. I will take some when I get some sewing done.