Rockin’ Bobbin

Since I hung up my scalers last year, I’ve been trying to fill the empty spaces. I began with yodeling*. At first I was simply glad to not be at work any longer–in that capacity, anyway–and I spent the first few months trying to heal a very worn, very stretched, and very tired back (dentistry is quite hard on the body). But as the months wore on and visits from the police about odd noises* from the house increased, I knew I had to get busy. The creative genius in me was becoming restless. Did I say genius? I meant to say goddess.

So, I set her free. Actually, I let her fly. I set up my room, dusted off my machine, and let ‘er rip. Before I knew it, my bobbin was rockin’.


mug rugs and pillows are a great way to use up log cabin blocks


batik tote bag that went to my mother for Christmas


the black stocking went to my daughter-in-law for Christmas, the others were made many years ago


I received so many compliments on the first bag–and orders for more–that I decided to make one for me using one batik fabric

Some of you may have seen this, and I apologize for the repeat, but this was big. I’ve had my eye on this one for years. It’s a Thimbleberries pattern for a table runner and place mats.

Until this is finished, this is what I made for the meantime:


I’ve always wanted to make a rag quilt. This was my first attempt using the many plaids I’ve accumulated. Two more place mats to finish. He hasn’t noticed, but I cut up one of hubby’s shirts….

Some of you may have seen the purpleΒ mittens I made from my old wool sweater. They went to my daughter for Christmas. I didn’t stop there. I’d had the idea in my head to make mittens using old sweaters and I couldn’t let it go. Kind of like the last piece of pizza (but that’s another story). With wool on my brain and where to find some, I recalled something special. Here’s what I came up with:


The tan blanket is navy issue from 1951. Rod Geier was my father. In college I used two of his tan blankets that I’d sewn together. They are 100 percent wool and quite heavy. I found the pattern on-line. The blue blanket is partial wool that no one was using. I lined the mittens with fleece. They are very warm. I could not share them until now because the second pair went to my sister and I didn’t want her to see them before Christmas.

By this time, my bobbin was smokin’.

We’ve had unusually cold, snowy, and icy conditions in the Portland area the past few weeks. Today, they are predicting more snow. So…….I guess I should clean the bathroom fluff the pillows finish the rag place mats, or do more on the Thimbleberries table runner.


It’s time for another project:

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I’m starting a new category called Rockin’ Bobbin on the blog today, this being the first installment. Sewing has been a part of me since I was in fourth grade when my mother began a 4-H group out of our home. She taught me the basics, but I stitched my way through high school, college, and early married life with coats, clothing for me and the children, quilts, and many other projects. If the next few months/years are a hint of the goddess within, Gandalf says I’d best devote time and space.


Gandalf can hardly wait to get started


Otis is extremely focused

Otis made me promise to stop yodeling. The only thing left to do is get that bobbin rockin’.Β 

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  22 comments for “Rockin’ Bobbin

  1. January 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Oh eye-candy for a project-a-holic!
    Aren’t you glad you dusted off the old sewing machine? FYI: I’ve done so much with old jeans…made vests and a cool long jeans skirt and a very heavy quilt top back in the day!

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    • March 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Laura, my apologies for the very late reply, but just yesterday I discovered your message was one of many that went to my trash file without my permission. Late or not, I’m here to let you know I did not ignore your message; I simply did not see it. So, I’m glad you saw some eye candy. I love that expression. Yes, I am very glad I dusted off my machine (although I need to do it again real soon). I had a long jean skirt many years ago–when my waist was a bit thinner; ok, a lot thinner–and I loved that thing. I would love to make another one. There is just something about denim. Happy sewing to you. πŸ™‚


  2. January 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    wishing you
    and the kittie
    success πŸ™‚

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  3. January 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I smiled all the way through. You will love visiting Johanna’s site too. So artistic. I am tickled with all you have accomplished. I’m ashamed to say nothing is coming out of my bobbin these days. It’s feeling quite neglected. I cut up many of my last husbands old jeans when he had to start wearing overalls and made alternate denim and flannel ragtime squares into a quilt for him. Not sure if he still has it. Right now I’m sorting through stuff I will never use and stuff I want close at hand. Lots of pink flannels and terry cloth I was going to make up for a niece and step grand daughters. When Bells hit I didn’t sew for well over 4 years so it all has to find new homes. I may list it on Craigslist. Cute photo of the little one in glasses. I’ll catch up on the sewing soon. It doesn’t come as natural to me. Have to work a little harder as I was a late bloomer. πŸ™‚ Better late than never.

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    • March 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Marlene, here is yet another one that got by me. I love sewing and have enjoyed watching all the crafts that have come from your sewing room over the past few years. Are you sewing now? I have seen those rag quilts made of denim and want to make one, too. I have lots of denim here. Can’t seem to throw it away. Yes, the little one is my now 29 year old son donning his Mr. Potato head glasses. Too cute. I started sewing when I was 10 when mom ran a 4-H group out of our house. That was lots of fun. I still have the first piece we embroidered. HA! Not so pretty. πŸ™‚ Hope you are well. K.

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      • March 22, 2018 at 2:21 pm

        Thanks for taking the time to get back to these, Karenlee. I just finished a shirt this morning. Several hours of sewing leaves me so visually impaired, I can do nothing else afterward. I do a little at a time. I do love to make things so I just have to eliminate things that I really don’t want to do and focus on the things I do want to do. I didn’t start sewing until my daughter was born and taught myself. I’m as good as I can be. Hope you are too. I’ll catch up soon.

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  4. Amy
    January 11, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Good luck with this new venture!

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  5. January 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much. I love fabric. My favorite type of quilting is using what I have and making a scrap quilt, using various patterns. I’ll have to post something about scrappy quilts one day. Crappy squilts…oh, dear, I’ve been sitting here too long. That is the phrase that popped into my head when rereading that last sentence. Best stop while I’m ahead (and I know that’s debatable). πŸ˜‰ Yes, it’s been lovely chatting. πŸ™‚


  6. Lynne Olson
    January 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    love my mittens – thanks
    you may want to consider having a booth at Somerset with placemats and bags.

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    • January 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Have you heard about Lisa’s idea? She and I are in contact. And, I’m so glad you like your mittens. I wore mine this week again. πŸ™‚


  7. January 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I stopped working when we moved to the US in 2013. A bit sooner as I expected but like you I had a body that needed a bit of TLC and so I soon enjoyed not working. Sometimes I miss that certain rhythm of having work and spare time but all in all I enjoy the creative life and pampering my Chalrey dog and Mr. Walker and the Boys when they fly in. I am chuffed to bits to have stumbled on your blog, its a good place! xo Johanna

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    • January 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      “Chuffed to bits.” I can’t stop smiling. That’s just about the best compliment anyone could ask for in the blogging world. Johanna, you’ve just made my day. And, yes, easing into retirement is not what I’d previously anticipated. There are days of regret and anxiety, and I miss my co-workers. I think the ticket is to buy more fabric. What do you think? πŸ˜‰

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      • January 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Definitely, probably whilst yodeling ;o)

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        • January 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

          LOL. Goes without saying…. πŸ˜‰


      • January 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

        ps Gandalf could be the twin brother of the Cat Leo who lives with my sons in Toronto, Canada

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        • January 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

          He’s the sweetest cat. I found him a year ago this week in a shelter out of state. I saw him and fell in love. He’s the most tolerant cat I’ve ever had. He walks like a panther and at times looks mean but inside he’s mush. πŸ™‚ I’ve seen many cats with his same coloring, green eyes included, since we got Gandy.

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        • January 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

          Hope the image comes through. He has a red speckle in his left eye. He likes to sit between me and the chair back…and he weighs 15.5 lbs. πŸ™‚


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