Sunday, November 14, 2010

A "Boy" 100 Good Wishes Quilt!

Ok I love how perfectly timed I had to make this baby shower cake. It's goes perfectly with my plea for little boy fabric and wishes post!

We collected well over 100 pieces of fabric for Sugar Pie's 100 Good Wishes quilt and I still marvel every time I look at it. The sweet lady that put it together for us has no idea how much of treasure it is to us. I have it on Sugar Pie's bed and every morning that I make her bed I fall in love with it over and over. So much love went into the collecting of those pieces. I kid you not, the wait was terribly long but each and every time I received one quilt piece it truly brightened my day and made that days wait bearable. So as we wait now for our little son I'm setting out on a quest again to collect 100 fabric squares and wishes and looking forward to receiving one from you! Here is some info on the quilt and how it works.

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/prayer/poem/verse or song 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 scrapbook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the prayers,thoughts,and best wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. (Remember to write your name and the date on your wish).
Select a fabric that is meaningful to you, it doesn’t have to be new- a project you started but didn’t finish, a piece of clothing, something you thought was nice at Walmart or your favorite fabric outlet. Just remember this one is for a boy so think boy colors and patterns.
The purpose of the 100 Good wishes quilt is to create a quilt with each of the quilting squares associated with a specific person/wish. This type of quilt is common in China and has become popular in the Chinese adoption community.
The person sending the piece of fabric also sends a wish on a piece of paper for a scrapbook for the person who will eventually receive the quilt. The wish can be for good health, a prayer or wish. The square should be a 8x8 inch piece of fabric (or there about) then we can cut it to the correct size . It is ideal if you place a piece of the fabric on the paper containing the wish so that we can associate the wish with the fabric and the person who sent the fabric.
The Wish: Your wish and the way it is presented can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. The wish might be a prayer, favorite poem, a heart felt random thought, a Bible verse or a quote. You can write it on an index card, white paper, stationary, lined paper, acid free paper, scrap booking sheet- whatever you like. You can hand write or use a computer, make it scrap-booky or stamped - whatever you like- this is your wish/prayer for our son, we want it to reflect your personality.Some of the wishes I have read include- I wish you love ,hope and happiness, I wish for you to find the love of God, I pray that God keep and protect you …… Let your personality shine! E-mail me and I'll send you my address.
Thank you soo much for helping us out and if anyone else out there is also building a Bai Jei Bei I will gladly contribute to your project. Just e-mail me.


Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I'm in!


Kelly Green said...

Hi there...I'll be sending one too :) Such wonderful news...congratulations! I also have a fondant question. How in the world do you get it so smooth? I made one for a baby shower over the weekend - only my 2nd and I need practice. I had troubles with airpockets. I wasn't sure if it was b/c I used marshmallow fondant. Do you have a fondant roller? Any tips? :)