Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Story

Welcome to A Dream and A Stitch!
I am Jen Rosin and I love quilting.

I am guessing many of you know exactly how I feel. So many of us have different beginnings when it comes to our love of quilting. Some of you may have had the quilting bug passed down to you from family members and have been making those happy stitches since you were children. Others have discovered the joys that come with a finished quilt later in life. We all have that one thing in common though that makes us seek out others of our quilting tribe.  We know that feeling of pride and joy when a quilt is completed and placed into the arms of someone that will treasure the warmth and love it brings them for the rest of their life.

I didn't start quilting until about 2011, even though my inspiration started many, many years before that.  My mom and grandmother were always very crafty.  Making Halloween costumes and crocheting afghans. I learned a few skills here and there from them, but mostly learned to appreciate the work and love that went into every handmade gift.
When I was 16, I received a quilt from my aunt. She made quilts for all of her nieces and nephews when they reached 16.  I loved that quilt and I use it to this day!
To tell the truth, I don't know what happened when I decided to make a quilt for the first time.  Maybe it was something on Pinterest, or maybe it was a dream, but one day I decided that I would dust off my sewing machine and learn how to quilt.
I watched videos and read tutorials.  I took a little trip to Joann Fabrics and walked away with fabric, a rotary cutter, a tiny mat, and a ruler.  My mom was the recipient of my first quilt and I decided I was going to jump in with both feet and make a queen size pinwheel quilt!


I can't believe that I started with something so big!  But, I learned lessons and had so much FUN!  I was hooked and it didn't turn out half bad either.  I am sure if I look at it now I would notice all of the points that don't match and the stitches that are all squirrely on my meandering quilt design, but who cares?  Who can say their first quilt was perfect?  Nobody.

To break it down, I love quilting and I need a quilting tribe, a like-minded community, to share my stories with.  I am hoping you all will join me on this journey.

I fit quilting in my life when I can.  It is not a full-time job for me, it is a hobby. And a very budget conscious hobby at that. I cannot promise that you will get the latest fabric designs or the most in-vogue patterns here, but I can promise that you will get honesty about all of my trials and struggles with my quilting habit and we'll have a bit of fun together.  Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. I'm in! So glad you started blogging, Jen. This is the beginning of an incredible experience. Be prepared to gain a whole bunch of bloggy quilting friends!

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  2. Hi Jen! Wait until you find out just how amazing having a quilting tribe in blogland can be! It was life changing for me. Lorna was my first blogging friend and taught me about linky parties too. You write beautifully and it will be fun seeing what you are working on from time to time.

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  3. I agree that you are a beautiful writer, and I'd love to follow along on your journey. I'm itching to see a photo of your mom's quilt. I've gained a lot of support in my quilting journey from the online community and I'm sure you will as well.

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  4. I have met the best folks through quilting and blogging. You'd be surprised (and pleasantly so) at the level of support, encouragement and inspiration that you will find in blogland. So glad that you are embarking on this journey. We look forward to your quilty adventures. Post pictures (there is no such thing as too many pictures) on you blog and visit/comment on other blogs. And you will be one of us in no time.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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  5. I love being part of a 'tribe'! I hear you loud and clear...your love of quilting. I feel it too! Let's Bee Social was my first link up and Lorna welcomed me with open arms! You will find so many amazing blogs, people and unlimited inspiration!

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  6. welcome to the on line quilting community! I do not know what I would do without it. I have no like minded people in my area and depend on my on line pals that I have never actually met to bounce ideas off of and share photos with. Drop on by and visit :)

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  7. Welcome to this wonderful community of ours Jen! I look forward to reading your posts and taking a peek at your first quilt.

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  8. Quilting is such a joy and quilters are a wonderful group of people. I wish you the best and welcome to the blogging world.

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  9. Hi Jen, Welcome to the quilting community! I too have always been crafty and I love quilting too. I totally understand about the cost, it gets costly. I have found the online quilting community is so friendly and helpful. Looking forward to see your quilts.

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  10. Welcome to the wonderful world of quilt bloggers! There are so many generous, kind people out there in blogland... hope you'll find this experience rewarding!

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  11. I started my quilt blog just to keep track of the things I made. I had a couple family followers and pretty soon I had some wonderful friends from blogland visiting me and encouraging me. The quilters out there are the nicest people! Can't wait to see your quilt!

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  12. Congrats on starting your blog. The online quilting community is awesome -- lots of information and advice.

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  13. Congratulations on jumping into the wonderful world of quilting - and starting a blog. Ever since I discovered quilting blocks a few years ago, my favorite time is spent in my sewing room.

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  14. Welcome to quilting blogland. It is a great place to be. My first quilt was also big enough for a bed, but twin size. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

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  15. Welcome to The Land of Quilting, Blogging and Stash Building....I love this land of sharing and celebrating creativity. There is so much community and support here....

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  16. Welcome to QBL Jen!! So glad you took the leap to join this wonderful quilting tribe as you so aptly call it. You WILL meet like-minded caring passionate friends I guarantee it. What Preeti said (one of my very dear friends) I noticed as I zipped down to the comment box, is so true. Share pics, write back to those who comment, visit their blogs and in no time you will have the most wonderful tribe. Some of that tribe you may one day meet in person, as I have! Lorna lives not too far north of me so one day I hope to meet her too. :-)

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  17. I'm just loving your blog :) So looking forward to hearing what you're up to!
    XX!

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  18. You're going to have a blast Jen, you sound like you already are. I too have made so many friends around the world from my blogging and had the opportunity to meet quite a number already and am sure to meet more yet. Enjoy and have fun :D - Chris

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  19. What a great introduction! You are already off to a tremendous start!

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  20. Lovely post Jen! I am in the same boat as you with the time thing, quilting as a hobby and cost-consciousness. I am just finishing a year-long maternity leave and the little bit of online interaction with the quilting/maker community has certainly saved my sanity. Blog-land has been lots of fun for me so far as it will be for you too I am sure.

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I hope you have a wonderful day.
Happy Quilting!