Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Bai Jia Bei
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.
I love the concept and I thought this would be something that would involve the
waiting families as much as the families who have children already at home.
We (Ellen Bower and I) have teamed up to make one to raise funds for Hope4China.
I will make the quilt and Ellen will make a book of the 100 wishes. I am not a
pro but I have made a quilt or two in my time, Plan is for a large single bed size 2.2 metres X 1.4 metres,
The quilt is going to be raffled among the people who take part. During the days
of financial squeeze we have made the entry possible at two levels.
1. You need to send in a piece of cotton. No smaller than 20x25 cm or 8" x 10",
fat quarter would be ideal. It will likely be cut up and appear in several
places. That piece will include the material that goes to the wish card.
2. Create a wish on a card/paper with a piece of the material - if you are stuck
Ellen will be able to help, she is magic with all things creative.
3. Send in a cheque made for hope4china children
- £7.50 will buy you three raffle tickets
- £10 will buy you four raffle tickets
- please add 50p or £1 donation for wadding, backing material and book
materials, so all the raffle money can go to help the work hope4china does in
My address is
I have no idea how long it will take to find 100 people to take part. I will put
up a blog when the materials start to come in and you can see the progress. Work
starts when all the pieces are in and a single quilt usually takes me 5-6 months
to make as I like to hand quilt. If I find someone keen to machine quilt I will
not turn them down.
Please spread the word, get all your family and friends to join in. Especially
tell to the families that are waiting, tell to people who always wanted to make
one but never quite got round to it and sneak in an entry for your child, give
one as a Xmas present to the expecting family you want to remember.
At times I get donations from people who do not want the quilt but want to give
to a good cause. Those empty tickets will be raffled among the participants
before the big draw.
Pauliina and Ellen
PS From Linda...wonderful idea...would be FANTASTIC to have squares sent in from our friends all over the world. Please participate & send your square!!!!!!!!