Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day and Quilts with Meaning

You may remember an older post about all the fabrics collected from dear friends for what is called a " Hundred Good Wishes Quilt". Well here is our finished collection of so much love. It is for AnnaLeisa - for her to snuggle in, to lay on and to read like a book in terms of the many images and all the collections of stories of who contributed. It was orchestrated by my dear friend Rochelle who embodies listening to the mother. Who loves to wait for the flow to direct and who watched this quilt have it's own life and rhythm based on AnnaLeisa and my journey. Through the long wait to referral, to our meeting in China and to the pulse of our now evolving relationship. It was finished this week in time for Mother's Day.
There is a unique front and then a back that was needed to include the many fabrics that arrived.

AnnaLeisa immediately pulled the quilt to her and as you can see her and Kirby have made it home!
We love it! Thank you to all of our friends and family who stitched with us and who sent fabrics to weave into the total of our lives.
Now to snuggle!

Here is a lovely quote I just found about the quilt.....
"It is a tradition exists in the northern part of China to make a Bai Jia Bei (a.k.a. 100 Good Wishes Quilt). When a baby is born, family & friends donate to the child's mother fabric with a written wish for the new baby. It is said that the luck,energy and good wishes from all the families and friends who contributed the fabric surrounds the child when she is wrapped in the quilt. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation."

1 comment:

Beth said...

I wanted to say again how lovely the quilt turned out, and how perfect the design seems for Annaleisa. I so enjoy reading your posts Karla, so poetic and also so like you. I hope your first Mother's Day was all you dreamed.