Archive for September 14th, 2006

100 Good Wishes

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

I realize it’s been a whole week since I’ve written anything to my blog; my apologies to those of you who are looking for new and exciting info.  Unfortunately, there’s no news this week, so I’ve decided to put in a little blurb about the 100 Good Wishes quilt.  To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei, or 100 Good Wishes Quilt. It is a custom to invite friends and family to contribute a patch of cloth with a wish for the baby. Part of the patch of cloth goes into the quilt for the baby, and the other part of the cloth can go into a creative memory notebook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation. 

I belong to several on-line adoption discussion groups, and one of the fun things we do to help pass the interminable wait for our children is participate in quilt square exchanges.  We each choose a fabric, cut it into 8 inch squares, and then compose a good wish, which we put onto a card with a sample of the fabric.  The recipient will use the fabrics to create a quilt, and can place the “good wishes” into a scrapbook so our little girls will be able to look through the book in the future, and match up the squares in her quilt with the good wishes people have sent her.

I’ve participated in one exchange already, with my April 2006 Date-to-China group, and I’ve just gotten my squares ready for the second exchange, which I’ll be mailing out today.  Here’s the good wish card that I’m sending along with the fabric: 

I collected about 40 squares in the first exchange, and there are roughly 20 people in the second exchange.  So, at the end of this one, I’ll have roughly 60 squares, which will leave me about 40 squares short of the titular 100 good wishes.  If anyone would like to participate, I’d love to have a few more squares!  Of course, knowing my schedule, unless I send these squares out for someone else to piece together and quilt, our little Anna will just have a shoe box full of little scraps of fabric to sort through and match up with her good wishes!