We had a neighbor that hated us. It started out fine, with children of similar ages, and a lot of pleasant conversations. Over the years, there were a few minor incidents that always happen when you live near people. Kids arguing, a small fence issue, and their son continually walking into our house unannounced one summer. The tension just seemed to increase little by little.
Some time after that, the neighbor came over and told us that our daughter had scratched their truck with her bike. We were mortified, and my husband went to assess the damage. When he looked at the truck, he couldn’t even see a scratch! The neighbor had to point it out to him. It was a small, 1-2” scratch on the bumper.
My husband couldn’t help saying he wouldn’t repair it if it were his, but the neighbor wanted his truck pristine. So, we agreed we would pay for the damage.
Later, he came over and said, “In the interest of good neighbors, you don’t need to pay anything.” That was great, except they never talked to us again. Ever! Soon after that, their home went up for sale and they moved. So much for the interest of good neighbors!
I’m not sure if we’re the bad neighbors or if they were! You can draw your own conclusion.
Do you love or hate your neighborhood? Well, you can create your own neighborhood this year with this fabulous, new quilt-along! It is called In My Neighborhood, and will be a row-of-the-month. I will feature a different designer each month with their unique row.
- Me, Cheryl Brown of QuilterChic
- Paul Anderson of Uncle Paul’s Quilting Company
- Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse
- Emily Bailey of Aunt Em’s Quilts
- Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter
- Beth Kerr Helfter of Eva Paige Quilts
- Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs
- Melissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa
- Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
- Sandra Starley of Textile Time Travels
- Pamela Cobb of The Stitch TV Show
- Each designer will choose their own fabric choice, and you can pick a theme or a line of fabric you would like to use. I will be using Road 15 by Sweetwater from Moda.
- The rows will be 48”-wide finished. The length of the quilt will depend on the size of each row. That is the mystery!
- Row 1 is mine and features houses and trees. It is very simple to make and will be a great starting point for the rest of the rows.
- Each month will feature a pdf pattern download for your ease in printing and sewing.
We have fabulous neighbors now, and wouldn’t trade them for anything! I’m sure we’re still not the perfect neighbors, but we promise to pay for any damage we do.