Sunday, June 5, 2005
Getting Crafty: We're making a 100 Good Wishes Quilt while waiting for the adoption referral from China. Will you send a square of fabric and a good wish for our project? (Note that "we're making" does not refer to TubaDad. It refers to my mom and mother-in-law, the world-class seamstresses who will be
saving my butt helping me with this project. The chance of TubaDad sewing is even less than the chance of him going a month without tacos.)
What Is It: Parents in northern China make a Bai Jia Bei, or 100 Good Wishes Quilt, to welcome and celebrate a new life. Friends and family contribute a square of cloth and a wish for the baby. The pieces of cloth are made into a quilt, and the good wishes go into a memory book. The quilt is said to contain the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed.
What to Send:
* One 6"x6" square of 100% cotton, washable fabric that could work for a boy or girl. It can be new or "used and meaningful" fabric. Please prewash the fabric so it has done all the shrinking it is going to do before you cut it (my mom says this is very important, and she knows these things.)
* A 3"x5" or 4"x6" card with a good wish for our child and a scrap of your fabric (glued to the paper). Your wish can be simple or elaborate, handwritten or typed. It can be something you wrote or a favorite poem, lyric, quote, or anything else that strikes your fancy. Please remember to sign your wish and include your city and state.
Sample Squares/Wish Cards and a Sample Memory Book:
Turn in an elegantly plain and simple wish card or decorate it with stickers, photographs, colors, or anything else that tickles your fancy. Anything goes.
Where to Send the Items:
If you've got some fabric and a good wish to spare, please leave a comment below or email me and I'll write back with our address. Let me know if you're doing a quilt too and I'll send some fabric your way.
Note: The finished size of the squares in the quilt will be 5"x5", so if you are adding anything to your square, please keep that in mind.