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!