When our quilting group celebrated our twentieth anniversary, the year of china, we offered a challenge to make a quilt with China as the theme. This quilt was just waiting to be made.
The jacket, vest and hat were appliqued onto a piece of ikea fabric that I quilted in a grid fashion.
Then I made the Chinese coins segment. Its a traditional quilt block. I uses fabrics that had a bit of gold printing.
And that is how the quilt got its name.
More Precious than Gold, Worth More than All the Tea in China.
As I was making the quilt, I thought a lot about the whole idea of giving all of these little girls away. Just because they were girls. I am the mother of two girls. How do you just give her away. How does a country sanction, even force this to happen. Do they long for their long lost daughters?
I have no idea how many daughters were removed from the country, but I am sure that it changed the face of the country.
There are just so many issues on the whole adoption theme. The giving and the getting changes lives forever.
I know that the life of the girls was changed-and I am sure that it was for the better. A life in a new family, who cherished them, with all of the opportunities in North America is surely better than where they would have been if they had remained in China.
I didn't get the girl baby. But I did get three beautiful grandboys. I am over it.
How lucky can one woman be!!