I found the theme of neighbor difficult. The obvious thoughts are the houses where you live. I kept trying to think of the theme differently. We live on a quiet street in a farm town. One of my favorite things is to have bird feeders and bird houses around the yard. I love watching the birds. One day I was outside and this little bird appeared on my front step. He was so cute and I have no idea of where he came from. He just hopped about. I took a photograph of him and think about him from time to time. I decided this would be the perfect quilt for neighbor. Neighbors do drop in to say hello or borrow a cup of sugar. :)
I had taken a fabric painting class several years ago from Mickey Lawler. One of the exercises was to create bricks. I dug that sample out and it was perfect. Now to create my friend. I used fake fur for the white and fleece for the grey to create his texture. I then machine stitched his feathers. I also used the traputo technique to give him some body. I sewed beads for his eyes. Below is a detail.