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Monday, June 22, 2009

100 Wishes Quilt

As many of you may already know we are adopting 5 year old boy from Ethiopia. He will be coming home anywhere between August and February. We are hoping and praying that his court date will be set before the courts close for summer break and that his TB test will come back Neg. During this process I have become an Avid blog reader and while stocking many blogs I learned about the 100 wishes quilt.

To keep busy during the wait, I have decided to work on a project with which we need your assistance. We would like to invite you to participate in creating a “Bai Jia Bei”, otherwise known as a “100 Good Wishes Quilt”. In parts of China, when a baby is born, family and friends of the child donate fabric pieces to the child's mother. She then makes a quilt for the baby from the fabric. It is said that the luck, energy and good wishes from all of the families and friends who contributed, surround the child when she is wrapped in the quilt. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation. With your help we would like to create one for our little guy.

Here’s what you need to do to participate:

1. Please choose any fabric that you like.

2. Cut a 8” square to be used for the quilt and a little piece to be attached to a card.

3. Hand write or type your wish for him on a piece of paper. Decorative paper would be wonderful! Your wish can be anything - your hopes for him, thoughts on the adoption, a poem, prayer, quote, verse, favorite saying, advice or anything meaningful to you. Make sure to sign your name, and the city and state where you live, on the bottom.

The paper with the good wish, and a small swatch cut from your fabric, will be incorporated into a special “Good Wishes” memory book for my son. We will be able to track the fabric in the quilt to the good wish by placing the smaller scrap of fabric in the memory book with the good wish.

If you have more than one person in your family who would like to participate, then please feel free to send more than one quilt block and wish. Remember, we need to get to at least 100 wishes, so the more the better. Children are welcome to contribute to this project!

I know you all have very busy schedules, but we hope you will be able to help us create this special keepsake. This will be incredibly meaningful to us, as well as to him as he gets older.

Please keep my son in your prayers that he will stay healthy (test Neg for TB) and safe, and that all will go well with the process, so that we may soon bring him home.

You may follow My son’s journey on our blog if you wish.

This is a blog site that shows examples of how to do the squares

Don’t forget to leave us comments!
If you are a blogger friend or don’t have my address. I would love for you to participate too! Just e-mail me and I'll give you the address you can mail the fabric swatch and good wish to.

Laura & Roma

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