Once I have the individual components of the block assembled I can press them with a hot iron, fusing the applique parts together. Because it is still on the applique pressing sheet I can pick up the whole component, in this case the bird, and add it to the rest of the block.
The one notion that makes these quilts work is Steam A Seam 2. This applique paper is sticky on both sides and allows for repositioning the individual pieces, and from that the colorform memory.
A few glass beads for embellishment (which have a rather eerie glow in this photo) and this block is completed.