This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Quilt of 1000 Prayers--UPDATED AGAIN

My plan is to do most of the work of putting the quilt together during my February Break from school (Feb 14-21).  All fabric squares need to be in before then so they can be included in the quilts!

Here is an exciting way for all our friends and family to get involved in a special project for our children!  We're making a Quilt of 1000 Prayers, based on the traditional Chinese Quilt of 100 Good Wishes: 
"Bai Jia Bei," but we can't do it alone!  We need your help to make it happen.  

  1. Please send us 2 matching squares of 100% cotton fabric (new or recycled) 5" each.  (If you need our mailing address, please email me or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.)
  2. The squares need not be pre-washed, and may be embellished if you desire to do so.  Please keep in mind, if you decide to embroider or decorate, that the quilt will need to remain washable, and that we may crop the 5" squares down to about 4", so keep your decorations toward the center of the square.  
  3. Include a written prayer or message [we decided not to confine you to the elusive "enclosed" index card--be creative!] with a small piece of the same fabric attached to it--I will make these into a scrapbook.
  4. Please have it to us by the before February 14 so that we can get started on sewing the quilt.
  5. Also, please type a message or prayer into the comment section of this prayer post.  We're trying to keep a good record for our children.  Feel free to post a message even if you aren't able to help with the quilt.  The prayers are what matter.
Kim's Gram is an expert quilter and she has agreed to help us make the quilts--one for each child.  

Just as this blog serves to document the journey to our children and provide a record of our love for them since long before we knew them, we hope these quilts will be a way for our children to wrap themselves up in the prayers and love of so many of our friends and family members who have prayed them home and supported us along the way.  

Here are a couple examples of 100 Wishes Quilts to give you an idea of what we're trying to create:  Example #1, Example #2, or take a peek at our own quilt pages as they come in.


Ina said...

What a great idea, Kim! I wish I had know when James was here - I could have sent him home with something from my stash. I'm going to look through my fabrics and send something to you.

Julia said...

I'm going to send you something too! I really love this idea...