I've put the shirt piece in abeyance for a bit - there are some shows I need to prepare for - one a fine art show for which I need ten pieces (the one I participated in last year in Rochester) and a fiber art show call I'm interested in.
The birds are for the Rochester show - I need to make ten - but this first one isn't going to count - I'm just getting my feet wet; brushing up on the particular set of skills I need to make birds and their backgrounds.
And hey, speaking of backgrounds - there it is!
It's amazing how fast things get done when you're talking to friends. ;)