I'll be headed out to my local farmer's market shortly to stock up on vegetables and fruits for my Thanksgiving "meals" but before that I wanted to share that I recorded History Quilter Podcast Episode 33 where I talk about 100 Wishes Quilts, and it is now available on Podbean, Stitcher Radio and hopefully up on iTunes by this afternoon.
I was unaware of what a 100 Wishes Quilt was until Darla from the Scientific Quilter Podcast and blog tweeted me about it a couple of months back. (Thank you Darla!) According to Dr. Dolly of the Travelling With Baby blog, 100 Wishes Quilts are a northern Chinese tradition given to new babies when they are born. She says, "friends and family shower the beautiful new life with pieces of cloth and their hopes, wishes, and prayers for blessings of prosperity, longevity, and happiness". How wonderful is that?
Here in the United States this tradition is crossing cultures and technology by being picked up in the International Adoption community and online. Adoptive families here in the United States have been collecting fabric and wishes from friends and relatives for quilts to make for their newly adopted children for many years. I found the earliest reference to 100 Wishes Quilts online as of 2005. Dr. Dolly, whom I mentioned above, is currently asking for "good wishes" from anybody in the blogging community. If you are intrigued, as I am, please visit Dr. Dolly at Traveling With Baby to see how far she has come with receiving fabric and wishes for her newest addition to her family.
Darla was asked to participate in a 100 Wishes Quilt by sending a piece of fabric along with a wish/blessing for the new baby. I mistakenly said on the podcast that the 100 Wishes Quilt Darla had participated in, did not have a completed quilt posted online. I was viewing a different website at that time and have no idea if Darla ever saw the quilt she participated in. Darla?
There are many 100 Wishes Quilts images online to view, here is one that I especially enjoyed because I read through the entire history of the adoption process of this family. What a wonderful gift baby Addison will read and understand someday about how her parents wanted her, went to get her and brought her home. Read the journey to Addison here...it's just lovely.
|the journey to Addison 100 Wishes Quilt|
Newly planted Cauliflower (Cheddar variety) and Cabbage. Yea, I'm going to be picking up leaves every day for the next month or so.
I talked about what I will be serving for my two different Thanksgiving meals. No links today - I'll have posts about what I make and serve later in the week.
Ocean Waves quilt top made it to yoga class with me yesterday.
|Ocean Waves quilt top in shavasana|
Bag of goodies I received from Kate Spain after being chosen as a November Newsletter reader of the month. What a treat! Go here to sign up for her newsletter. http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/
|Kate Spain's Cuzco: jelly roll strips and scraps|