New Gazebo and Quilt Projects

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New Quilt Projects

Whenever I buy a new collection of fabrics I really enjoy trying to use every last big of them in quilt projects. I have several things I’ll be sharing with you soon! I bought the batik Destination Amazon fat quarter bundle to make the Black Diamond quilt that is hanging on my new Quilt Keeper. This is such a neat product and I’ll be doing a review on it soon. I have it hanging on the laundry room door just off the kitchen and my daughter noticed it right away.

Last week I shared my easy Autumn table topper tutorial and someone asked about making a table runner with it. I cut up my leftover scraps and made a mini table runner about the size of a placemat and then a larger table runner. My scraps are almost gone!

quilt projects


Last week I took care of this little cutie while my daughter and her girls went on a trip. Tasha is a long-haired dachshund and as sweet as can be. The first time I ever watched Tasha was in 2017 at the River house. Where does the time go??

Mickey and Tasha get along fine, they pretty much ignore each other LOL.

Mickey and Tasha on the new covered deck

16 x 16 Deck

Bob was able to get our new deck completed and we just love it. This size is 16 x 16 so we will have plenty of room on it. He hurt his knee when we moved to Ankeny and had a week when it didn’t hurt too bad and the weather was a bit cooler and completed the deck.

Can you see how brown the grass is? I think the last time our yard was mowed was in June. We finally got some rain this week and it is starting to turn green again.

Finished deck in our yard


We seem to move a little fast when we decide to buy a new house. It would have been so much easier to buy a house that already had a fenced-in yard and a big covered deck. (I still wish we had a pond behind us). Note to self – next house make sure it has everything we want.

We decided to buy a metal gazebo and place it on the deck. We bought the Mellcom 12 x 16 hardtop gazebo, we couldn’t find a bigger one. The first gazebo we put up only lasted 3 months and was destroyed when the derecho hit in 2020.

The gazebo came in 6 boxes and I think there were over 1,000 pieces! Bob and I decided it was too much for us and hired someone to put it up. They have done this many times and made it look easy (we know it wasn’t).

Installing a new gazebo

It took 2 days to finish putting the Gazebo together, Bob has secured it to the deck and hopefully, it will withstand the winds here. I believe it can handle 30-mile-an-hour winds. Hopefully, we will never get another derecho!

This isn’t the greatest photo but at least you can see the finished gazebo. We are all enjoying the shade on the deck. Next, we’ll have to move Bob’s grill back here.

Bob standing on the deck
Dogs on the deck

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Hi, I’m Connie Kresin Campbell, the quilter, writer, and photographer behind Freemotion By the River. I enjoy inspiring others with my quilt tutorials and patterns. You’ll also see my sweet adopted dogs from time to time.

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  1. Sherry Ellison says:

    What a lovely new deck and shade gazebo. Mr. Mickey and Tasha are friends from afar. Lol I do like the quilt keeper however I do not have standard doors that would fit the hanger. Your quilts are stunning and deserve to be viewed. Goodbye August…

  2. WOW your deck and gazebo look great .My grass is still brown .Ihavent had to pay for cutting it all summer. My two dogs are as old as i am. one Maggie is 17 and jAMES IS 14
    yup i haave old ones. Maggie is a skyterrior and Jame a RATterrior. When my ddogs go outthey drag in all the dead grass and mudI started to work on a quilt for my sister I hope to finish by the end of Sept.Well at least before Chriistmas hope all is well with you

  3. Holly Panzera says:

    Love the new deck – we put a similar gazebo on our patio and we really use it as our outdoor living space. Curious what has prompted multiple moves- we did a major move 2 years ago and it took all of our energy!!!

  4. Oh Connie your new deck & gazebo is just lovely. What a lovely place to enjoy fun with family & friends alike. You & Builder Bob certainly know how to add character to your houses. Great job to you both. Thank you for sharing that with all of us 🙂

  5. Your deck is beautiful! The gazebo is the icing on the cake! 👍🏻😜💕
    I’ve followed you for several years now & my question to you is, after living on property that doesn’t have neighbors, are you happier in a neighborhood? It seems strange to see your pics with the neighbors on all sides! 🤷‍♀️
    Just curious, Terry 😊💕

  6. Patti Ziegler says:

    Love your new deck and gazebo! Love your website! Thank you for the fun patterns!

  7. Love your new deck and gazabo. Can’t wait to see more photos of your completed projects.

  8. Love your new deck and gazabo. Hope you have many years to enjoy it.

  9. Love the new deck & gazebo. Atleast you guys are getting things done. Can’t say the same for us. School is back in session, and hubby is back at work. Both our dogs died in August, 1 week apart, and we’ve been devastated. Got a new puppy, almost 2. What a handful. Border Collie & Great Pyrenees. Love her bunches, but what time user. Not complaining, just the facts ma’m. lol.

  10. Great deck and gazebo, Connie! I know you are happy to get it put up and ready to enjoy before the cold weather hits. Looks like Mr. Mickey and your granddog are enjoying it too!

  11. Nice deck and gazebo. I like the quilt and table runner.

  12. The deck and gazebo look really nice. I’ll bet you enjoyed WATCHING the construction. I’m sure Bob was keeping a close eye on things. Our lawns are brown here, due to water restrictions. Surely wish we could get some of the rain from Texas. I love the Black Diamond quilt hanging there. Beautiful fabrics too. I think Sadie likes being an only dog! lol

  13. vicki gasorski says:

    Your deck and gazebo look great! And love Mickey’s friend. Doxies are great dogs. My Chip is 14 now but still a lovebug.

  14. Your deck and gazebo is wonderful! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you’ve been up to. I do wonder though why you move so often. I can’t imagine having to pack up and move all your fabric and sewing supplies. Enjoy your new home.

  15. Sandie Boyd says:

    Love your new deck and gazebo! I wish you many happy hours of enjoyment.
    Really enjoy your blog and wonderful patterns…🐾🎃