I have finished the "crème d la crème" part of the block and it is ready for the gold
work bird which I am anxious to start. Please notice the delightful little pearl square buttons lower left. They were on a jacket belonging to my friend, Marilyn Lipmann. For about 3 years every time she wore that jacket I followed her around with my scissors. She finally tired of either the jacket or me (or both) and let me have the buttons. There were several dozen and I adore them.
I left the basting lines in the photo. The outer red is the size of the block and the inner one is where I stop beading.