Ok, so a few months ago I mailed out over 100 letters to family and friends explaining the 100 Good Wishes Quilt. I have learned that there are many people who read our blog and have been praying for us thru this process. We would love for you to continue to pray and should you choose to be a part of the quilt, we would be honored. Please consider this letter to be your invite to share with us on this wonderful journey.
Dear Family and Friends,
Many of you know that Marty and I are in the process of adopting a precious child from China. We have been praying for girls in hopes to receive twins. Yes, twins! That is our desire however, God may have other plans. Our agency has informed us that twins are very unlikely but not impossible. We will be excited either way.
The adoption process has been a very educational experience for us. We recently learned of a custom, originating in the northern part of China. It is tradition to make a “One Hundred Good Wishes Quilt”, or “Bai Jia Bei” as it’s called in Chinese, to celebrate a new life in a family. To create this quilt, one asks one hundred people to each contribute a single square patch of cloth. The 100 patches are sewn together into a quilt that contains the luck and good wishes from all those family members and friends. We would like to begin gathering patches for a quilt for our daughter.
Can You Spare a Square?
Would you consider contributing a square of cloth along with a separate written wish or prayer for our child on a small card or piece of paper? You may chose to send one piece of fabric representing the whole family or individual pieces for each family member. Please attach a small square of the fabric to the wish card or letter. These wishes will be going into a scrapbook, and when our child gets older she can match the squares of the quilt to the wishes in the scrapbook. The size of the squares should be "8X8”. The material should be a cotton fabric, either printed or solid – you make the choice.
We have learned that Ladybugs are a sign of good luck in the Chinese adoption community. It is said that if you see ladybugs good things will happen soon! Because of this, many people like to include fabrics with ladybugs in their 100 Good Wishes Quilts. However, ladybug fabric is very hard to find. A wide variety of fabrics and colors will make the quilt vibrant and interesting. Anything goes – as life is an unexpected patchwork of happenings and events. We would greatly appreciate the material and wishes you could send for our daughter. They will be treasured forever.
Thank you for your love and prayers,
Marty and Tiffany Kent
If you need our mailing address please feel free to respond to this post with your email address and I will send it to you by email. We hope to hear from you soon.