Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ellie Tian's Bai Jia Bei

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 creative memory notebook 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.

As promised, here is the picture of Ellie's quilt. We are so thankful to all our friends and family, as well as all of our new friends in the adoption community who helped by sending squares and wishes. Heartfelt thanks go out to Lindsay, who made sure this actually all got put together and quilted. It is beautiful, and it is a cherished gift for our daughter.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Beautiful quilt!