Friday, May 11, 2012


Lately I've been thinking a lot about my neighbors and how blessed we are to live in our little town.  When I think about the word neighbor it is a verb in my mental dictionary (an action word) - not a noun (the name of a person, place or thing).  I'm sure we've all had our share of 'noun neighbors', the ones who don't speak and dash to and from their home without ever looking in your direction because they don't want to get involved.   I understand the absolute necessity of being cautious in this day and age and being back door neighbors with everyone is not possible or wise.  Also, not all of us have the luxury of living in a small community where everyone knows each other. 

Everyone is on the hospitality committee when you live in a small town....we wave to everyone whether we know them or not.  We also greet everyone in public and stand around in tight groups  at WalMart or the local feed store or dollar shop to hear all about the latest storm, the newest baby, how gardens are growing and what the weather might do next.   It's not that we try to be neighborly and's that we don't know how to be any other way!!  Drive through our town some day and see how many smiles and waves you get!

God bless our 'verb neighbors' who stop to help when you have trouble on the road; who plow mountains of snow off your driveway so you can get to the mailbox; who forgive your dog for digging up all their tulips they planted last fall and still give you fresh eggs after the same Scotty dog sent one of their best hens to animal heaven;  who send a pot of homemade chicken soup when they hear you're 'feeling poorly'.  Verb neighbors are there through thick and thin.  I hope you have an abundance of 'verb neighbors' in your life!

The quilt above is a king size Trip Around The World  made with 1" squares.  Although it's one of my favorites now, I thought I was going out of my mind when I was making it with so many seams to match!  This was made in 1990 and hunter green was 'the' color then, but I still love the colors and the prints.  Now there are new techniques that make construction of this design MUCH easier. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Quilting.....Barb


  1. Lovely trip round the world, glad you made it and not me, I would have gone round the twist stitching all those little squares together.

  2. You capture the essence of a small town perfectly! It is a real blessing to have "verb" neighbors. Also glad you showed us your lovely quilt. It looks soft and cozy and it is beautiful.