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Truth be told the blog is still very quiet.

Truth be told…I’ve been very busy. I’ve gone places, to teach, to volunteer, and to talk.

On a side note: A lot of you know that I’m Mormon, and go to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A lot of you are too…so you totally get that not only am I mom, pattern creator, fabric designer…I’m also a Primary President. 🙂 It’s a wonderful calling. Time consuming? Yes. Almost like a job? YES. Some of you who don’t know what that means…it means that I volunteer my time to church service without pay and my “calling” is my job. A Primary President is over all of the little children ages 18 months to 11 years of age, and their sunday school programs, and our Boy Scouts and our version of Girl Scouts (Faith In God) programs. It’s a lot of work…but if I were to pick a job (which I don’t but if I did) I would pick Primary. The children are my people. They get me, they like my silly faces, and they are just plain awesome. Kids are cool.

So when I’m not doing all the other things I do…I’m doing that as well. Which adds more to my load but I happily do it.

These last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to travel within my now home state of Iowa to hang out on set of the PBS show Fon’s and Porters Love of Quilting.

 There I got to show Mary Fons how to make my kaleidoscope block large sized, all ran smoothly…but there is something I realized right there and then in-between episodes while someone took pictures of me and Mary:

We have an AMAZING talent of making awesome faces.

I cannot lie…I have NO IDEA what I was doing or saying. I know what it looks like I’m doing…

It looks like I am trying not to blow chunks. But I can honestly say that I had a blast, it went smoothly, and Mary makes being on camera EASY.

I did manage to keep my arms more by my sides than say in this picture:

HEY I’m wearing the same shirt…

MAYBE THE SHIRT IS THE PROBLEM!

whatever the case…

 Mary’s a wonderful individual and “working” with her didn’t feel like working, it was great to get to know her a little better, and I’m SUPER excited to get to be at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in June together as well. Stay tuned fore more fabulous faces from both of us…I’m sure.

 During my time at Love of Quilting I got to watch one of the QUEENS of quilting Liz Porter of Fons and Porters, while she taped a future episode for the show.

I totally played my cool and didn’t like geek out on her or anything…till Lunch when she personally asked me a question…and my mind went blank. Was it a hard question? Nope, just “So what are you going to do today?” I couldn’t even remember the project I had brought to do with Mary for the website. I stared at her like a deer in headlights. I finally came to, and told her…

 Afterwards a couple of the other of the show’s guests asked to take a picture with her…I jumped in and got one too. 🙂

Also these last few weeks I’ve taught classes:

A couple of classes at my local quilt store Pineneedles Sewing Center. What a fun time that was! The ladies were so fun, and we laughed a little too much…but we were productive! We had two full days of sewing, creating quilt blocks and playing with texture. I am super lucky to personally know Jill, who is the owner and a fantastic individual (and so FULL of knowledge) and to have a great quilt store close by. Super lucky indeed.

 Another close-ish store to me is the WONDERFUL cute little fabric/yarn store in Iowa City called Home Ec. Hands down Cody (owner) is one of the kindest, sweetest, friends I have gotten to know here in Iowa. She’s so genuine and I Love LOVE teaching classes there. Not only do I have a wonderful really close to me local quilt store…I have a second one just a hope skip and jump away (on the highway) 🙂

I’m feeling very blessed to have these two stores, and my time with Mary.

Of course I feel bad that it takes me so long to talk about these things here on the blog…but if you come check me out on instagram:

http://instagram.com/vchristenson

 You get to see a little more behind the every day scenes…and whereabouts.

Now if you don’t mind me…I need a cookie. Because I am still need to finish things for places I will be, and for other things I’ve said I would do. 🙂 One must keep ones strength up and Chocolate Chip cookies are the best way to do so.

We’ll talk soon.

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