I had laid out some of the FG runs around the center. Notice the open spaces?
The ones toward the middle of the sides were easy - just blue squares. The empty corner space? Not so much.
These little 2 inch corners were the wing tips of the birds from the next round of bird blocks. Requiring some contemplation time, I got out the graph paper, color pencils and a cider. I wanted a connection between the birds on the diagonal line of the round. But the first sketch had the wings elongated into each other, with no separation between the individual birds. That seemed too strippy.
The second sketch had the wings stopping before the connecting corner, and using a square in a square block.
If I did that, what color would be used for the center? I didn't want the FG color run bumping up that close to the wings. Too busy and disjointed.
Third sketch was just right! The wings ended but were connected.
The FG runs ended without interfering with the wing tips.
With that little detail worked out I was able to get the center prepped for the round of Orange Birds.
Orange Bird block joined with the center strip and the first wing extension.