2/17/07: I've started Emma's virtual quilt online. Click here to view it!
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 goes into a scrapbook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the blessings from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric.
This is what I need for you to send, if you would like to participate.
There is no rush. I haven't even taken my quilting class yet, but I would like to start collecting the squares and wishes. Also, I'm not sure what size the squares in the quilt will end up being, so if you would like to plan something special for your square, please let me know and when the patten is decided, I can let you know what the final dimensions of each square will be.
Wish for Emma:
Please remember to sign your wish and include you town/city and state you live.
If you have any questions, please click here to send me an email.
The image below is probably the quilt pattern that I will make. It's a beginners type quilt, so hopefully Emma can have it before she graduates from college. You can click on the smaller image below to enlarge it.
I would like to thank you for your participation in advance. This will probably be a one-and-only quilt making project for me and I think it will be an amazing heirloom for Emma to have and she will one day be able to see how many people were waiting for her to come home.