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Freemotion by the River - Connie Kresin.com is a place where I provide help and information about quilting.
I started out blogging to record the quilts I was making and also share tips and tutorials.
Now I am sharing lots of tutorials and also writing quilt patterns.
I used to live along the Mississippi River near Muscatine, Iowa and free-motion quilting is my favorite type of quilting, so it seemed perfect to name my blog Freemotion by the River.
I started blogging in 2010 and continue to enjoy doing it. Below is one of the very first quilts I ever made!
You can check out my tutorials, and sign up for my newsletter to gain access to my FREE Resource Library which has PDFs of many of my tutorials, printables, and other goodies.
I have been doing something creative all my life. There is nothing like opening a new box of crayons or a fat quarter bundle of beautiful fabrics and just......creating something from scratch. This page is designed to share a little about me....with you.
The first time I ever saw free-motion stipple quilting done was in Clovis, California in 1989 and I knew that I wanted to learn to do this as it gave the look of hand-quilting and it wouldn't take me a year to finish a quilt.
I bought a darning foot for my sewing machine, came home and eventually taught myself how to quilt like that. I still love it and I think I can do it in my sleep.
I'll be honest, it isn't something that I learned overnight but anyone can learn it.
You can now find my patterns here in my shop.
I have also done monthly blog posts for AccuQuilt and had also designed patterns for some of their dies.
When asked who is the one teacher I would like to meet I immediately say Eleanor Burns.
The first quilt book I ever bought was her Log Cabin Quilt In A Day. I like to laugh that it took one day to piece the quilt top and one year to hand quilt it. (Actually a little longer than one year). You can read more about it - Log Cabin Quilt from 1989.
Whenever I write a tutorial or pattern I remember how clear Eleanor Burn's instructions were and try to do the same.
If you have a question, please use this form to contact me.