Friday, February 24, 2006

100 Good Wishes Quilt for Meili

There is a tradition in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei, or 100 Good Wishes Quilt, to welcome and celebrate life. It is custom to invite family and friends to contribute a square of cloth along with a good wish for the baby. The quilt is said to contain the luck, energy and good wishes from everyone who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt becomes an heirloom and is passed from generation to generation. We hope to use ours as part of Meili's adoption announcement photo.

If you wish to participate, select a machine washable, 100% cotton fabric. The fabric can be new or "used and meaningful". Cut one 7"x7" square of fabric. In addition, glue a small patch of fabric on a 4"x6" paper or cardstock with your good wish for Meili. Your wish can be simple or elaborate - of your own words and thoughts, a favorite poem, quote or scripture. Please remember to sign your wish and include your address.

The good wishes with the small patches of fabric will be placed into a scrapbook. When Meili is older, she will be able to match up the wishes and fabric to her quilt. The quilt will also give Meili some history. She will know that while she was in a Chinese orphanage, many people thought of her. Having this project to work on should also pass the time during the long wait to referral!

If you would like to contribute and be a part of Meili's quilt, please email me at . I will send you our mailing address. Thank you so much for helping us make this gift for our daughter possible. Your kindness and generosity means so much to us.

If you are making a quilt for your child, let me know. I would love to contribute!