My sis-in-law Janet gave me the Great Blue Heron kit for Christmas--the number of pieces to applique in that thing is astonishing!! I laid out all the pieces at our quilt retreat and got them all positioned (fused), but you know that fusible quits fusing after it's been under an iron a number of times--this is done in sections so several places no longer were completely fused. Then there were all those skinny feathers! How to quilt without tearing them to shreds??? Friend Kathy suggested using tulle. Thankfully, Threads of Time (where we go on retreat) had several tulle colors so I auditioned white, gray, and light blue. Loved the blue and it now covers the entire piece. Very tricky doing the binding too--did that before completely quilting the head and tail so I could lift the beak and tail out of the way. It's done. Toni Whitney has marvelous designs, but I'm not ready to do another any time soon!
I saw the quilt below at the McPherson, KS, Church of the Brethren when we were there for my cousin's memorial service this past Sunday. Beautiful stained glass of Bible scenes. Love it!