This quilt has been in the works for awhile, and I’ve documented its progress in many different places (Instagram, where I’m @melintheattic, in my MQG webinar, Planned and Unplanned, in my recap of Mid-Atlantic Mod), so I’m happy to present Neighbors.

Neighbors tree

Neighbors is inspired by the shapes and shadows made by my house’s blinds as the light moves through the house each day. I made it during a time when I was thinking about fear and anxiety and how they function within a community, so some blinds are more open than others. Some face other windows while others turn away. It makes me think about how I want to interact within the groups that I belong to, and how I choose to live without fear and resist my anxiety.

Neighbors detail

It’s also about the joy and restorative properties of making. While I worked within the structure of a designed block, each block was pieced without precise measurements using a method that had planned and unplanned elements. I loved making these blocks so much that I used them as incentives to do things that I didn’t want to do. If I finished my paperwork, I got to make a block. If I mopped the floor, I got to make a block. I really loved the process of making and experimenting and seeing how it developed on my design wall, and I hope it shows in the final result.

Neighbors long fence shot

[One quick note: I apologize to everyone who commented on my Women’s Work post– I have been delayed in responding to them, and they are so kind, please be patient and I will be in your inbox soon.]