I went ahead and decided to applique the flowers to this quilt. I am still in the processing of hand sewing them on with blanket stitch. After adding the border fabric it is fairly bright but I am happy with the overall effect. I have enough of this floral fabric to use as backing.
Pop over to http://sewlux.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/scrap-attack-strings-qal-show-tell-5-6.html and see what others are creating for this QAL.