In the photo above, you can see the blocks are arranged in such a way I can get the birds close together to look like they're "talking" but I can't sew them together this way. These are just stacked with some blocks overlapping others. It would be WAY TOO COMPLICATED to sew them together like this.
So at first I arranged them in vertical rows. BO-ring!!! See how all the legs make your eye connect them into big vertical lines? Nope. Ain't gonna happen. That is NOT what I want to catch your eye.
Perhaps I should arrange them as if they WERE talking to each other?
After an hour of playing I had this. I have arranged it with groups of birds talking, or getting really friendly, or ignoring each other. Having already given the birds stories made it easier, although I didn't really hold true to many of them. I've got three married couples in there, and one dating couple. Some coworker drama is going on too. There are at least three kids in there with their parents and one pair that absolutely won't talk to each other. There's another pair that is displaying perhaps too much affection in public. (Can you figure out which pair that is?)
Remember I had to arrange the blocks so I could work out how to sew them together into larger pieces (or what I call "panels") to sew them together without making myself crazy. When I got to this point I sat down and really looked at it. Did I have to many birds lined up facing the same way? Were they too much in a straight line? Had I evenly distributed the birds by color? Did I have too many dark ones grouped together?
I'd get up and move two birds, then sit back down and look some more. I moved another pair, and sat down and looked some more. I moved a few birds up and down.
Another half an hour later, I thought it looked good. This could be it, and I will continue to look at it for a few more days to see if it needs anything more, then I'll start sewing it up. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.
Now it needs a title. Suggestions most welcome!