Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A National Day I Couldn't Pass Up

Anyone who knows me REALLY well, knows that I love our library. (I even recently figured out how to borrow ebooks with the hoopla app!) I still geek out over a bookmobile sighting just like I did as a kid. So when I saw that today is National Dewey Decimal System Day, I HAD to. I HAD to make a scrap block for my National Days quilt that represented this day. I mean, I'm not even sure if we use the Dewey Decimal System anymore. (I don't think we do.) Remember the card catalog? *swoon* haha I mean, it was kind of a pain to use, but I still swoon at the nostalgia of it. It's funny, my grandparents went from horses and wagons to the space shuttle in their lifetime, and that used to blow my mind. Now, when I think about growing up without computers, researching things in the encyclopedia, looking up books in the card catalog, and calling friends using a phone ON THE WALL, I feel like a dinosaur. haha! 🦖 

I digress! Back to quilting! So to celebrate this day, and the little stickers with the numbers on the spines of all the books, I decided to just make a simple block of rectangles/books that have little bright yellow stickers on the spines. 

Here's the lowdown on how I did it. 

Fabric A (background):
(1) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 2 1/2" sq.

Fabric B (book #1):
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 2 1/2" (>>)
(1) 2 1/2 x 5"

Fabric C (book #2):
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)
(1) 3 1/2 x 7"

Fabric D (book #3):
(2) 1 x 1 1/2" (>)
(1) 1 x 3 1/2" (>>>)
(1) 3 1/2 x 6"

Fabric E (dewey labels):
(1) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (**)

Assemble as shown below, and you have an 8 1/2" (8" finished) scrappy book block with Dewey Decimal System stickers on the spines. 👓📚

If you're following along on this National Days quilt project, I'll be back in a couple of days with another block. I try to look ahead and see which ones I may want in my quilt. There are a couple of days on the horizon that I for sure want blocks of, so those are coming up soon. I think I'm eight or nine blocks in now. You can find all of the blocks so far, and links to their posts and instructions *HERE*. I'm loving using scraps and I think it's going to be a super fun, silly quilt when I'm done. If you make any blocks and post pics of them, be sure to tag them with #nationaldaysquiltblocks, so I can see! 

Anyways, I'm off to the library today. No, really. haha Good timing, huh. My son reads before bed every single day and he's read everything in this house! So I have a specific request to pick up the Moon Base Alpha series by Stuart Gibbs. Right after I ingest a little caffeine. 😉

I hope you're off to a good week!

Happy Stitching! And reading! :D



kvanatta said...

this is awesome! - and, yes, we do still use the Dewey Decimal system :-). But no card catalogs or encyclopedias...

I love the library too. I have a special shelf in my house just for library books, since I can't limit myself. Ours was recently remodeled to have shorter shelves and more room for computers.

MissPat said...

Retired public librarian here. Your library either uses Dewey Decimal System or Library of Congress to organize the collection in subject areas Otherwise, you'd never be able to find anything in a collection of thousands of books, except by serendipity.

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