It is still terribly hot here, and I have not had much inclination to do any more of my cleaning out and decluttering. I did get a few cool-ish days and evening, and was able to start on the hand applique of the Birdy quilt.
I settled on doing echo stitch in all the background of the centre part of the quilt. It takes a while to get into the swing of it. Best part is that you do not have to mark the lines! saves heaps of time.
The design is pretty simple, and I can use my long ruler for this. It is just 3 parallel diagonal lines 1/2"apart then a gap of 1"before I start the next set. I started in one corner with the marking, and worked down one side and back the other. They all seemed to meet ok. I read that this design was quite traditional for the time in which the original quilt was made.