Oh library how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways…

FREE BOOKS!

Prior to Dubai we lived in a very small town in Louisiana. Yes, they had a library but it was really sad and they didn’t participate in any exchange programs. For a long while I participated in the Paperback Swap movement. Once the Kindle became popular and affordable I jump feet first in to this new way of reading books. It was easy to have all of these words inside this tiny portable device. Once we moved to Dubai I carried on with the way of the Kindle. After returning to the U.S. it never crossed my mind to seek out the library. Once we began our Total Money Makeover and I was looking at what we were spending our money on I was quiet shocked at my book purchase total each month. Our babysitter, a collage student, was here at the time and asked me why I had not applied for a library card. I looked at her slightly puzzled and began to rapid fire questions at her. I could not believe that with all of the new technology that there were still highly functioning libraries. The next day I went and got my card. Oh my gosh, our libraries are amazing. I have now put my beloved Kindle inside a drawer. I won’t lie, I did have to relearn how to read a proper book. I once found myself tapping the book to turn the page!

Free books round 2

Now that I have learned all the ins and outs of our library system I am excited about reading again! I don’t have to worry about a “book budget” anymore. I often have to request the books I want to read from other county libraries and so at times I have 6-8 books to pick up at a time. So of course I had to take a free moment and sew up a cute little library tote.

library tote

I used one of my favorite fabric lines by Bonnie & Camille called Happy Go Lucky and a piece of chambray I had left over from another project.  Happy Go Lucky is now out of print but I’ve been hoarding a few mini charm packs that were perfect for this bag.  And because I’m all about English Paper Piecing and hexagons right now (still working on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt)  I added a cute little hexie flower applique.  I adapted the pattern from Skip To My Lou’s Tutorial found here. It was super easy and took me about an hour from start to finish. If you were to use solid pieces of fabric it could easily be completed in 20-30 minutes.