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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What I would like from Santa

by Annemart Berendse

Do you know that feeling in the weeks before Christmas, when everything is hectic, but also getting quiet? When everything is looked at with a feeling of nostalgia, like "that was 2011"? Christmas decorations everywhere, open fire, music is changing to happier tunes?

At those moments I love, really love, to hand quilt. Behind my frame Alice, thinking about how she really fits into my living room and my life. Hand quilting is just like meditation, taking a break for a moment from all the buzz in the world. 

No job, no children, nothing on my mind. No television, no breaking news, wars and fights. The newspaper with bad news ends up in the open fire and on the radio Jingle Bells, Rudolph and White Christmas.That's when I am at ease. Just me and my quilt, making stitch by stitch, in the pace of my hand and not my machine.

And then I am thinking about what to ask Santa. 

Dear Santa,

I would like to ask for something very special but not expensive, Santa. Forget the fabric, the needles, the thimbles and the scissors. Santa, if you have some spare, do you have some Christmas time left? I would like to have a week or two. I will keep it till I really need it. Somewhere in February for example. I will use it well.

Thank you. 



  1. That's a great wish! I pulled my handquilting out last week, but then back it went as I started binding a new quilt. Poor thing, it's just never priority #1

  2. I love your interpretation of hand quilting, it definitely is like meditation. Have you ever heard of Zentangle. It is a form of meditation that uses doodling. Hand quilters just doodle with the needle.
    Your wish for time is also wonderful. There are so many quilts that I want to make so much mediatation that needs to done.

  3. I have hand quilted the past several nights, and slept SO much better. I totally agree with you... it's meditation!

  4. Dear Santa, I would like a huge load of embroidery floss so my imagination can wander beyond the stars. Great site here :)

  5. Hi Annemart. The way you describe your handquilting it sounds so peaceful.
    I have also handed in a application for some more time. There is so much I want to do.

  6. What a great wish, I'd love more quilting time, I'll just have to try and make it happen. I just love the photo of Alice.

  7. great way to look at hand quilting, very tranquil indeed. wishing for more time surely is a teasure, I hope Santa is good to you..


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