-You are more likely to die these days from a Prescription Narcotic Overdose then a car accident.(CDC – Facts – Drug Overdose – Home and Recreational Safety – Injury Center)
-There were enough narcotics sold in 2010 in the US to distribute 40 Percocet and 25 Norco to every citizen in the country. (Addiction USA: Painkiller sales soar across nation – NY Daily News)
These may seem like shocking statistics but they are not at all surprising to those of us who work in the Medical Field and despite this news Narcotics remain an important tool especially for acute pain and end of life care.
I finished my 5/325 Quilt, a statement piece highlighting the mixed blessings of prescription narcotics (in this case, the most common formulation of hydrocodone/acetaminophen). To see the process behind my quilt top construction go here: 5/325 | Entropy Always Wins.
Once again, I used Kona Cotton in White and Hand Dyed Fabric in Blue by Kim Eichler-Messmer (Kim E-M Quilts). Trying to echo the pluses and minuses of narcotics, in the white spaces I machine quilted echoing Plus Signs and in the Blue fabric quilted Minus Signs using Aurifil thread. I hope the echo effect reflects the impact both pain control and addiction have on the community as a whole. For the back, I used linen in khaki and scrub bottoms from my time working in Seattle and Cleveland.
I will begin soon to look for venues to get this quilt and it’s message out.
In other news, I finished a quilt block for the Bee Sewcial group. Kari is leading us down a more graphic design path this month. I had an idea that morphed as I was making it, once again without a drawn up plan. It is miraculous that these turned out to be equilateral triangles that made the whole thing work. I would like to explore this design concept more. See Kari’s blog post here: Craft Happy: Bee Sewcial: February.
I am also prepping for Quiltcon next week and am so excited to meet many of you. I grew my “garden” of linen flowers and will bestow them on my Bee Sewcial and “Nude is Not a Dress Color” friends. Say “HI” if you spot me!
I am waiting on some buttons to pass out as well. Did I really make and order up buttons to share? (so not me but love the message)
Lastly, check out the gorgeous lanyard Stephanie (Spontaneous Threads.) made me. It it constructed out of Doe Fabric and a repurposed Sari. I am one lucky duck.