Working in an Emergency Department sometimes feels like being at ground zero of a community’s addiction issues and my medical career thus far can be classified by the locations and eras I have practiced and favored drugs of abuse: Seattle – Heroin, Cleveland – Crack Cocaine, Sacramento – Methamphetamine and now in Northern California – Prescription Narcotics. Wanting to portray the mixed blessing of prescription narcotics and inspired by the modern painter Cecil Touchon, I dreamed up a statement quilt. 5/325 stands for the most common dose of hydrocone/acetaminophen my colleagues and I prescribe. I have long admired the hand dyed fabrics of Kim Eichler-Messmer and am a huge fan of her book. This quilt and a few others I have planned call for these kinds of special fabrics. With limited time to make my own, I went straight to the source with my kooky ideas. Although Kim didn’t know I was planning to make a quilt specific to prescription narcotics, amazingly she was willing to play along and hand dyed fabric for me on commission. (If you ever get a chance to see or purchase her quilts, fabric or book do it!)
To start this piece, I grabbed my laptop and projector, found a bold font I liked and traced 5/325 onto the white fabric.
I then hand basted the it to Kim’s beautiful blue fabric. Channeling Touchon, I cut up the fabric randomly and then needle turn appliquéd each wonky piece.
Finally, I put together the pieces like a mixed up puzzle and machine sewed them together again. I got to try out Y seams for the first time with some luck. Finger pressing the seams as I wanted them to lay then sewing on the folds I had formed seemed to work.
I’m hoping to hand quilt this piece and would like to explore finishing the edges without binding.
Wish me luck.