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Pat Crosthwaite
Adoption Quilt


In July of 2001 my neighbors went to China to pick up the 17 month old daughter they adopted. When they returned I offered to make them an Adoption Quilt. I had seen an episode on Simply Quilts that dealt with the subject. They finally gave me the pictures this year.

I used a product that required a color copier that uses toner and transferred the pictures on a 200 count white cotton. This is done with an iron. I had been buying various Chinese themed fat quarters since I offered to do the project and was delighted when I found the center fabric because Ali was born in 2000 the Chinese year of the Dragon. I cut the center at 14"x21"     and built the blocks around it. The center was outline quilted in metallic threads appropriate to the color they outlined. In the upper left corner of the center there was a headless body so I appliquéd Ali's face on it. I trapuntoed her face on the figure at the bottom of the piece. I made the kimono with Chinese brocade. The frames around the pictures on the blue fabrics are silk ribbon hand sewn to the piece to make the pictures stand out.  On the right is a picture on their 2001 Christmas card that gives a brief history of the adoption. The red fabric has gold coin like images and the blue fabric images are outlined in silver. My neighbors are delighted with the results and Ali loves to find herself in the pictures. 

Pat Crosthwaite


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