Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I am a material girl

Yesterday we stopped at the local fabric store and they have flannel! Only in two prints, one light blue and one light pink, but I was excited to find it at all. It's called viyella. Since I use flannel for backing baby quilts, pink and blue will suffice. I picked up a meter and a half of the blue for the blue/green baby quilt I want to start soon. There's just something about the feel and smell of new fabric ☺ I know some women get excited about buying new clothes or shoes or accessories. For me it's books and fabric!

I miss being able to get right up to the fabric and look at it and touch it and carry it around to compare with other fabrics, because here it's all on shelves BEHIND the counter requiring that you ask for it. I wonder how it is in other countries? Sarah, in Indonesia do they have fabric stores and do they keep the material out where you can touch it? What's it like in Portugal, Lara? Anyone else reading from other places and want to add what it's like where you live?

Thanks to all who encouraged me yesterday. I'm not feeling so badly about only getting two words in the Spanish exercise the other day. The hubby only knew four the first time through, and my SIL (who taught Spanish at the university level) six. We won't talk about how they could have figured out the remainder on a second run while I only had two words after listening again and again and again for over an hour.

Today I did two more listening exercises online and did MUCH better. On the first I missed one word -- well, actually only a letter, I wasn't hearing the "o" on the end of a word -- and all CORRECT on the second. Woot! These were movie trailers with more than one person speaking in each, so that makes me feel doubly good ☺

Time to get back to Spanish. I haven't gone through my vocabulary cards yet today. I did add some to the pile, though, while reading a blog post by an Argentine quilter. All the quilters I've found online are in Buenos Aires. Would sure be nice to find someone in Carlos Paz, or even Cordoba which is 1/2 hour away. I think I just might have to talk some of my new friends into becoming quilters ☺


Anonymous said...

From Roz: I read your blog often but can not figure out how to comment. Maybe this will go through. Anyway...I heard somewhere from a mission that they used quilting as an outreach. I think it was in England. Many women come together like an old fashion quilting bee and they discussed the Bible and other family topics.

sara said...

I am so glad you got some fabric. I can't imagine not being able to touch it! the little things we take for granted!

Mari said...

I don't sew much but I would have a hard time trying to pick out fabric without beling able to see it close up and touch it.

rita said...

Books, fabric, and paper!
My friend Viola made a quilted cardout of paper.
So viyella, you said? I thought it was franela.
And how do you say quilt, quilting, quilter?

Debbie said...

You and me both. Books and fabric are my weaknesses.

Mary Witzl said...

I think a blog that chronicles your language learning progress is interesting; I wish I could spend more time learning Turkish so I could do this too!

If you're doing listening comprehension exercises taken from a movie script, no wonder you find it hard: the language you find in films tends to be highly colloquial and notoriously difficult to understand. So be proud of yourself for getting as much as you did!