We went into lock-down again on Monday night. There was a mad dash to get Monique back home after school finished so that she wouldn't be stranded over here. They have closed all the schools a week early for the Easter Holidays so it just isn't the 3 days of lock-down only, and, now that they are finding extra cases it could be longer.
So, I find myself with a bit of extra time and am not sure what I will do with it. I had been putting off starting the Sue Stone class on incorporating Applique. After I watched it I realised there was nothing new for me, I have been doing all forms of applique for years, in fact I even teach classes in it. I should have known when I came to that realisation that I was over-confident. Sue's use of applique is deceptively simple at first glance. I made the mistake of thinking "no problem" when in fact there were problems.
With normal applique you start at the bottom and build up. I tried that and it didn't work. With her method you stitch first and then add the appliqued pieces and then stitch on them again. So I have had to rip everything out and am starting again.
I wanted to put in a background first but that just didn't sit well with the figure, which is my other grand-daughter Jasmine at her 2nd birthday. Looking at it now I think I will have to stitch the background and applique the hair, her shorts and nappie along with the birthday cake for it to work. The photo I had is a bit smaller then the space on the fabric and I haven't quite enlarged the eyes correctly but that can be fixed.
Back then her hair was so fine and she used to cry and say how terrible it was because Monique and Mummy had such lovely thick hair. Now she is 8 years old her hair is thick and lovely. I am stitching this one for a gift for Mother's Day for my daughter-in-law. I have already finished one of her sister at the same age, although I might add more to this one.