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An Adoption Quilt

I was contacted a couple of months ago by a woman requesting a “100 Wishes Quilt.”  I had no clue what this was so I looked it up online and found out.  “To welcome and celebrate a new life, a tradition exists in the northern part of China, to make a Bai Jia Bei (a.k.a. 100 Good Wishes Quilt). Friends and family contribute squares of cloth along with their wish for the baby. The quilt is said to contain the luck and energy from everyone who contributed a piece of fabric.”  (definition of 100 Wishes Quilt taken from an adoption blog)  A friend of the woman who contacted me was adopting a baby girl from China and all of the friends and family of the adoptive family wanted to put together a 100 Wishes Quilt for the baby.  I think that’s just about one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard.  It’s hard for me to put into words the way I feel about adoption.  I usually end up crying if I try.  I’ll just say that I think it’s an amazing thing and am so thrilled to know quite a few families whose lives have been blessed by adoption.  I think a quilt for the adopted child that friends and family contributed to is a wonderful way to show support and love.

The fabric was collected and mailed to me and I put together a beautiful quilt for them.  Here’s what I was sent to work with.  (Now THAT is a big pile of fabric scraps!)

And here is what we ended up with.I had originally intended to do a traditional Stacked Coins style (original stacked coins pattern from crazymomquilts.blogspot.com) but after receiving the fabric I decided to basically cut the coins in half and rejoin them with different pieces in order to incorporate more of the fabric.  I chose a solid pink binding and the back is mostly white with a strip of the fabric across the back.  The baby girl’s name and birthdate are also embroidered and displayed on the back of the quilt.  I don’t do embroidery, but a fabulous crafty friend of mine does so she worked it all up for me and then I hand sewed it on the back.  (Please contact Jennifer at jenniferann717@hotmail.com for your embroidery needs!)  I used Kona Cotton for the solid cotton, Warm and White 100% Cotton Batting and free motion quilted the quilt.

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Sweet Baby Girl Part Two

My most recent quilt is for one of my oldest and dearest friends.  I’m talking way back to Junior High kind of an old friend.  We were roomies in college as well as after college, and are still very much close friends.  If we have any say in it, our two oldest kids will be married one day.  (Oh come on, you know you want your kids to marry your friends’ kids too!)  My friend is pregnant with her third girl and is due this summer.  The colors in her nursery will be brown and pink and so I decided to use some fabric I had left over from another quilt (Sweet Baby Girl) but use a totally different pattern.  The unofficial name (actually, it may be the official name, I have no clue) of this style is a “lattice quilt” and it involves paper piecing.  One of the quilting blogs I follow had a great tutorial on how to do paper piecing and so I thought I’d give it a try on a small baby quilt.  At first I loved it but I slowly grew VERY tired of it.  I had some issues with the white triangles stretching and getting all wonky because they were cut on the bias.  I’ll probably try it again some day.  In the mean time here’s this beautiful quilt! To add a little bit of excitement on back of the quilt I put a strip made of a few of the fabrics from the front.  The quilt measures 30.5″ x 41.5″.  I free motion quilted this cute little thing on my machine.  For the original blog tutorial I got the idea from visit Film In The Fridge.

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