If you read my last blog post, you can see these two pieces are night and day. I'm back in my comfort zone with this piece. I used up about 4 weeks on the other quilt, and even as I was finishing it I had started thinking about this. Something I read about triggered the idea of genes, and I started thinking about the many instances of maverick ( or aberrant ) genes I have seen in my nursing career. The double XY though is not something you would pickup in an infant. It usually shows up in teenagers, if at all.
Double XY, also called Klinefelter's syndrome, or 47, is a condition where the person has an extra X chromosome. Females are born with two X chromosomes, males are XY, so this syndrome affects males. For more information, I can refer you to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klinefelter's_syndrome.
I worked with someone with this condition, and he ended up having a sex change operation because he always felt female, and she was so much happier after the surgery. I wonder how many males are out there not even knowing they have this, wondering what's wrong with them.
I made this piece with black cotton that discharged to white, and wool felt for the batting. I added some hand stitched letters at the bottom. I would like to go back to this idea as I think it would make an interesting series.
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