We cut the sky fabric slightly longer than was necessary and adhered it to the muslin with two strips of fusible web. One at the top and one at the bottom. Fuse it in place and then put the next section down using the same method. You continue in this manner until all the background is set in place. Pattern pieces are usually numbered so that you know where to start. Number 1 is first to be placed and then you build from there.
This gives you an idea of what I'm talking about. You build other pieces into the background, like the dunes in the background and the shrubs, as you go along.
Once we had all the background put together we set this piece aside and started to work on the other pieces. When you are applying a light fabric to a darker fabric......such as Anne's face.....
Press the chosen fabric to fusible interfacing and then put the fusible web on. The interfacing will stop the background fabric from showing through. You will notice that Anne's pigtails do not have the ribbons on yet. It is better to put them on after the quilting has been done.
I quite honestly know very little about farm animals. However, I married a guy who grew up on a farm. We needed to know what the inside of a pony's ear looked like. I thought pink! Well, I told you I didn't know much. He said no, about the colour the ear itself. To make it distinquishable from the fabric chosen for the horse, we turned the fabric over. Remember there are two sides to every piece of fabric. I did the same for the stockings Anne is wearing in the wallhanging where she is feeding the calf.