100 Good Wishes Quilt

January 20, 2006

Please help us create a very special quilt for Camille. 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 special scrapbook with a wish for the child. Tradition states that the little one will sleep under the good wishes of family and friends.

This quilt has many meanings for us and is sure to be a special treasure for Camille. We like the idea of having a quilt filled with so much love from our family and friends around the world. We also like the connection to Camille's Chinese/Taiwanese heritage.We hope this quilt will bring her comfort on cold nights, remind her of how many people love her, and be something she will pass onto her own children and grandchildren. In many ways this quilt is a representation of our family...a colorful and warm mix of cultures highlighted by the friendships of those we have met around the globe.

If you would like to contribute to this special quilt for Camille, please send us:

1) One 8"x8" square of 100% cotton, washable fabric. 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

2) 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.

We haven't decided upon a color theme yet so anything goes....but there will be purple in it since Camille's Chinese name means "purple". We are hoping to complete the quilt before Camille comes home (four or five months from now). Thank you for all of the good wishes you have already sent through phone and e-mail messages.

Lucia,Adam, and Noah

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