Toodle-loo row houses!

row housesI think I am finished with these. Made quite a few over the years. Sold most of them. There was a formula here that was calming, teachable, and they made terrific use of tiny “precious bits” of fabric. But, no more! Even if I find a half finished strip in my studio, I may let it go.IMG_9644What a concept – letting go… not just of an activity, but maybe also of the compulsion to finish a thing begun.
IMG_9649My flickr site features some of these creations:Β  Felt and Denim Huts and more general house-themed work here: Houses & Roofs. IMG_9658Here are a few older ones.Spring-VillageRed-Soil-slantfull-moon-fullhouse-pillow-rockersusans-pillowhut-as-holderThe “Purple Moon” at top is for sale. $150. I will list it on etsy by weekend’s end, or you can email me if interested.

6 thoughts on “Toodle-loo row houses!

  1. Mo Crow

    Ah the freedom of letting go and making room for what’s coming next!
    Just finished reading Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life” love this
    “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”

    1. deemallon

      Mo you have such a talent for finding appropo quotes that serve to deepen a post and inspire me. Just read the quotes by Carlos Castaneda over on Windthread and thought the same thing then.

      For me the struggle is one of discernment — when is it a good thing to push through and finish a thing long undone, and when can I just let it go? I REALLY want to let go of all the Global warming quilts… but I have invested YEARS and a couple only need bound. So I will finish. But I cannot wait. There is a sense of clearing the decks here.

  2. Nancy

    I do so love your little houses. And, yes, Mo is a well herself! I am finding the letting go easier as I get older. Perhaps, leave this last one unbound…a nice metaphor of remaining open to the new and letting go to move on πŸ™‚

  3. Heather

    I love that Annie Dillard quote too! I’m a big believer in being generous with information … and in a real way, that has paid the bills all these years.

    I can’t say I do this at work … there I just get on with it, though I do like to have multiple projects going at once, so if one starts to bore me, I can drop it for awhile and work on another.

    But in real life, I look at whatever it is and ask myself a question. Like for a book, Do I want to read this? And then I believe my answer πŸ™‚

    If you plan to sell the quilts, maybe you can try putting them on Etsy just as they are? Perhaps you could have one price as-is, another to add a binding.


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