I love the three month schedule we are on - it gives me the time to marinate the theme in my head but not have to rush the actual quilt creation. The theme neighbor initially gave me a headache as all I could think of was a white picket fence and the quote "good fences make good neighbors". I don't like to follow my initial thought so I was stumped. Then I saw a wonderful quote by Marc Chagall:
"All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites." I immediately pictured a free-form pieced quilt done in analogous colors with possibly a spice of the complements. As I worked on this piece I was pleased to see house like shapes appeared in a very abstract piece. This piece is 12 by 12.
Oddly enough before I started work on this piece, I felt compelled to do this 11 by 14 quilt. The picture was a delightful pair of neighborly penguins that I took on my Antarctic vacation in February. They may have wanted to be more than neighbors since one of them was moving pebbles around. It was way too late in the Austral summer for smart Gentoos to be mating and as I am not a penguin, I have to be ignorant of their true intentions. They were adorable though and they were on a fairly populated penguin rookery. I printed the photograph in a class at Quilting Adventures taught by Kerby and Lura Smith. The photo was sitting on my design wall begging to be played with and I thought it too suited this months theme.
Both pieces were pieced in an improvisational manner and quilted on a domestic sewing machine