Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Olivia's Beautiful 100 Good 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 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.
Our wonderful friends, Bryan and Eva Manes, are Olivia's guardians---her Auntie and Uncle! Just so happens Eva is a very talented quilter and blessed Olivia with the beautiful quilt you see below. When Olivia saw it, she adored it as you can see by her smile. I wanted to hang it in her room, but ever since we received it, Olivia has slept under it! So sweet! Thank you to all who sent their prayers and well wishes! Olivia definitely feels your love!
Thanks Eva for all of your hard work in making this beautiful quilt! Olivia will cherish it always! Thanks to your special friend who lovingly helped finish it---what a story to share with our girl when she is older! May God bless each of you many times over!