Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tonito's 100 Good Wishes Quilt

One tradition in the Chinese adoption community is to make a "Bai Jia Bei" (100 Good Wishes) Quilt for the child, by collecting quilt squares from loved ones along with a good wish or prayer. You can google it to find out more information and lots of exquisite and colorful examples. My mom and sisters collected squares from all of our friends and family, and made a beautiful scrapbook of all of the notecards filled with happy wishes, quotes and prayers, and encouraging hopes and dreams for Tonito. Then my mom and I pieced together the quilt and she sewed it together. I think it is the most perfect quilt: the four corners are red, white, green, and black and they all come together in blues in the middle. I love the fabrics that people chose- from sports to animals, handmade, embroidered, Chinese-inspired, patriotic, fabrics from Ghana to Mexico that all reflect our family and Tonito. The reverse side is denimn, and it is bordered in white to make a twin-size quilt that Tonito loves. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed squares!!! He uses his blanket every day and is always pointing out new squares he hasn't noticed before (he just found the pirate fabric, we picked out from Tonio's grandpa who has told us that he is a descendent of pirates from the Yucatan Peninsula:).
I thought this would be a good post for New Years Eve because it represents: love and family, our journey to Tonito, memories, our three cultures: China, Mexico, and US, a lot of hard work, and all of this coming together beautifully.


labrehm said...

I LUV this!

Kerri Bowden said...

What a wonderful tradition - he will cherish this beautiful gift always!

Anonymous said...

The quilt is so full of love and meaning! I know he'll never get tired of looking at it, (me neither) knowing people he loved created it just for him! Thanks everyone! Love, Julie(Grandma)