quite a few - phrase used with countable nouns
quite a few apples -> many apples
quite a little - phrase used with uncountable nouns
quite a little money -> much money
but what about
quite a little number of apples. -> what does this mean?
number is countable, so it violates the usage of "quite a little", but at the same time, I feel like it means quite little (very small) so -> a very small number of apples.
I can say "quite a small number of apples" and have confidence it means "very few apples," but because "quite a little" is a British English idiom, I am not sure which is the correct meaning.