Thursday, November 1, 2012

100 Wishes Quilt~Bai Jai Bei

A gift for Lottie Lee

As cherished friend or member of our family, you know that our house is growing by two tiny feet, with the referal of our daugher Charlotte Lee from  Northern China! We've learned that China has a wonderful and simple custom, called the "Bai Jai Bei" (or 100 Good Wishes Quilt), that we would like to invite you to participate in.

What is 100 Wishes quilt?

In China, when a woman is pregnant, people from all over send her small pieces of fabric and good wishes to welcome and celebrate a new life.  The Chinese 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 Lottie. 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.

How can you help?

If you're willing to contribute, we ask you for a small piece of fabric (8" to 1/4 yard) of any color, design, or pattern you like, along with a note with your wish to Lottie. This wish may be a personal letter, or a brief quote, whatever you'd like(please be sure to attach a small piece of fabric on the wish). Then we will turn the fabric into a quilt to present to Lottie when we meeet in China.  If you do not have our address, please e-mail :winncastagno@yahoo and we will be happy to share our address with you.

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