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International Adoption - China

The Teague Family Adoption (China)

This is a journal of our journey to China to adopt a baby girl. We are so excited, and we hope that you will enjoy following us on our journey.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Bai Jia Bei or "100 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 can go into a scrapbook with the wish for the child. The quilt contains the luck, energy, and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed a piece of fabric. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.

On the "April DTC" Yahoo Group for Chinese adoptions a 100 Wishes Quilt project has been started. Basically, you have a list of

people, each person sends each of the other participants a 7"x7" square of fabric. When you receive all of your squares, you can make a quilt with all of the different fabrics. You then take the index cards and either put them in a scrapbook, or a nice index card box so that when the baby is older it can see all the good wishes that were made for them....

If anyone out there reading this would like to send me a square and a wish for the baby, please email me. I would love to put your square in my quilt.

Ahhhhhhh the ways to keep busy while waiting for our daughter......(more...)

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