I'm finally able to reveal another Christmas project. It arrived last night and now I can show some photos.
This wall hanging was made for my SIL, Patti, who went on an African mission trip last summer. I wanted to make something that would bring back memories of her trip. First of all, this is not my design. It was made from a pattern called "My Favorite Earrings!" by Sandy Fitzpatrick. The only change that I made to the pattern was to reduce the pattern pieces. The hanging was supposed to measure 40" x 43" and mine ended up measuring 22" x 38". I figured it would still be plenty large at this smaller size....and....what if she didn't like it.....I didn't want it to be too overwhelming. Here's the full wall hanging.
It was fun to pick out all of the batik fabrics for this hanging. Many of the fabrics came from my stash. I did have to buy the background and the backing (same fabric). None of these pictures show much of the quilting. The entire brown background was stippled and the bright border just has straight stitching lines, about 1/2" (or less) apart. All of the applique pieces were fused and stitched with a narrow zigzag stitch. The small lines on the butterflies were hand back stitched.
So that's it for Christmas 2011. I suppose I'd better get moving on Christmas 2012!