This quilt is for one of my favorite physicians at NNMC. Dr. Stanley Okoro was my plastic surgeon of choice for several procedures I had over the last 12 months, a DIEP, a LAT flap, and fipples (he insists on calling them real). It’s been a long road to recovery but I am almost fully back to normal. Dr. Okoro recently resigned his Navy commission and has opened up a private practice in Atlanta, GA. Unlike many surgeons, he was very responsive not just to me, but to my family members as well.
The quilt was designed to reflect Stanley’s Navy career as well as the new practice upon which he is about to set forth. The center block is a commercial large-scale print of the crest of the Department of the Navy. The middle borders are simple rectangles of patriotic red, white, and blue fabrics. The exterior border of blocks actually spell DR STANLEY OKORO MD in signal flags. Several of the fabrics have motifs that I considered to be very relevant. As I mentioned, there is the Navy square. I also used Atlanta Braves fabric (new home of the Okoros), gold coins ( to wish him a lucrative, successful civilian practice), scissors fabric (they look like hemostats).
I took a couple of motifs from the Georgia Plastic logo to use as quilting designs.
I quilted the 12-petal circular design around the Department of the Navy logo.
Since Atlanta is somewhat landlocked and not every Georgian recognizes the maritime alphabet, I quilted the corresponding letter into the respective signal flag blocks. Instead of quilting the matching font of the letter O, I used the Georgia Plastic motif of the arched women.
Because my recovery was so wrought with crazy complications and I had to come back to Plastics again and again, Dr.Okoro and I were able to develop a flippant cameraderie beyond the normal patient-doctor paradigm. He knew I was a quilter as he found me sewing binding or applique while I was waiting in the examining room. We teased each other about whose stitches were more uniform and invisible (uh, that would be me! 🙂 ). Although I know he will never show this to his colleagues let alone prospective patients, I inked a fairly detailed label that highlights the quilt and its symbolism as well as my complications and radical treatments..
The blurb is just the explanation of fabric and quilting motif choices. The design on the right depicts a vat of leeches; each of whom are holding a flag or pennant of Stanley Okoro’s various affiliations.
This is longer than my usual entries so it is time to sign off!