Quilt squares and wishes wanted

Yes, I’m at it again… asking for squares and wishes for BB’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.  It turns out I’m terrible at this square and wish collecting, but now I’ve found someone to actually quilt the quilt (isn’t that exciting?) and I feel I should really get 100 squares and wishes together and get this baby done!   If you know all about 100 Good Wishes Quilts, skip the next part.  It’s quoted from a post I wrote over 4 years ago (when I called our child-to-be, Kidlet).  Yeah, I’ve been collecting for a while.

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 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.We would like to make a 100 Good Wishes Quilt for Kidlet, so if you’d like to participate please provide a square and a wish. Here’s the scoop, please send us 2 things ~ a patch of cloth and a written wish. Most of the cloth will go towards making the quilt and teeny piece will go into a scrapbook with the wish for Kidlet. If you would like to send more than 1 square and wish feel free! We need:

FABRIC: One 7″x7″ square of 100% cotton, washable fabric. It can be new or “used and meaningful” fabric. Please pre-wash the fabric so it has done all the shrinking it is going to do before you cut it. (Shortcut-go to your local fabric store and look for “flat quarters”. These are pre-cut squares of fabric specifically for quilts-no measuring and cutting required!)

WISH: This is the fun part. Send us a 4″x6″ card with a good wish for our Kidlet 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. You can even include a picture if you’d like. Please remember to sign your wish and include your city and state. These written wishes will be placed in an album for Kidlet so that your wishes will always be remembered.

We plan to make a twin size quilt that she will receive when she is old enough to appreciate it. Keep in mind that she won’t read your good wish until she is older.Let us know if you have any questions.

Anyway, I’d love your squares, but even more your wishes.  If you want to send a wish and a square, let me know and I’ll tell you how.  But, just wishes are wonderful too.  I’ll handle the rest.  Just make a wish for BB in the comments below.  Now ain’t that easy?


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