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 contribute a piece of fabric.
While we were in China, my mom stayed at our house and watched our dogs for us. She also found time to finish Lia's 100 Wishes Quilt! This was my mom's first quilting project, and I think she did an amazing job. GO MOM! Now it is my job to make the accompanying scrapbook with all the correlating "wishes", but I think I have some time...it will be a few years before Lia understands all this anyway...but I am excited for the day I get to show it all to her. Thanks again to everyone who submitted Squares/Wishes a.k.a "squishes" for the project - it turned out awesome!
My mom - holding up the finished product!
The quilt - in it's entirety...so cool! THANKS MOM!!!!
Welcome to the family. We cannot tell you how happy we are that you are with us at last. Your cousins from California wish you every happiness. May God bless you and keep you in his care. We pray for a healthy, happy life for you and may all your dreams come true.
Bette & Reynold Marin (your mommy's godparents!) Walnut Creek, CA
I chose this fabric for your quilt because it is covered with my favorite flowers fuchsias. When I was a little girl there was a path in our backyard that had fuchsia bushes growing on either side. When I was your age I would walk along this path and the fuchsias were way taller than me. I imagined I was in a special hidden garden all my own.
Just before a fuchsia flower opens - it is a little closed pod that looks like it is about to burst. I know we are not supposed to get in the way of nature and rush a flower to bloom, but I found that those fuchsia pods were so tempting and fun to pop open. My wish for you is that you will appreciate those magical moments in a garden when you see a flower you've never seen before and it reminds you how every single living thing on earth (especially YOU) is unique and profoundly special.
Lia, I can't wait to walk through a fuchsia garden with you and have you help me pick out the BIGGEST PLUMPEST bloom to POP.
We are Julie and Steve. We live in the Pacific Northwest, and this blog is about our Life with Lia. Our daughter Lia joined our family from The Starfish Foster Home in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China in August 2010.
This is the place where I will show photos of all of Lia's 100 Wishes Quilt squares and wishes (hence, "squishes"). If you'd like to send a squish, please email me for the address. If you'd like a squish for your new family member, let me know and I will send one back to you...What an amazing circle of family and friends Lia already has!