What is Little Free Fibrary?

Little Free Fibrary is an interactive art project introducing people in Onondaga County to quilting arts. Introductory quilting kits containing instructions, information about quilting, and all materials needed to create a simple quilt block will be distributed throughout Onondaga County via the existing network of “Little Free Libraries”—sites for free book exchanges where anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Each kit includes a return envelope for participants to share their work for inclusion with others’ blocks in a community quilt.

Sounds fun! How can I participate?

Between April-September 2024, quilting kits will be placed in Little Free Libraries throughout Onondaga County. Each month will feature a different block design. Check this webpage or follow @littlefreefibrary on Instagram for details about where and when the drops will occur. When you see a drop occur at a Little Free Library near you, head on over and pick up a kit. Take it home, make your quilt block, and return it via the included envelope. It’s that easy!

Make sure to snap a photo and share it online and tag @littlefreefibrary so everyone can see your block!

How can I find a Little Free Library near me?

Visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/map/ or download the Little Free Library mobile app to find your closest Little Free Library.

But I’ve never made a quilt block before! I’ve never even sewed anything!

Fantastic! These kits were made with you in mind. Don’t be intimidated or discouraged becuase you haven’t done it–think of it as getting to try something new and learn a new skill. Don’t worry, each kit comes with an instruction booklet and all the basic supplies you need to complete that month’s block. If you need more help, you can find general video tutorials here.

Instructions for specific monthly blocks will be posted on this site as they become available.

Tutorial for April 2024: Classic Nine Patch block
Tutorial for May 2024: Pinwheel block
Tutorial for June 2024: Sawtooth Star block

What happens to my block after I send it in?

Your block will be sewn together with blocks submitted by others, and then turned into a larger community quilt! Quilting has a rich history of social and community practices, such as quilting bees where people (traditionally women) worked together to make and finish quilts, “round robin” projects where each quilter adds on to an existing design, or collaborations to raise money and visibility for social causes, such as women’s suffrage and AIDS awareness.

Make sure to follow @littlefreefibrary on Instagram to see updates as the quilts come together!

Who’s behind this project?

Rachel Ivy Clarke is the artist behind this project.

This project is made possible through the CNY Arts Grants for Regional Arts and Cultural Engagement regrant program thanks to a New York State Senate Initiative supported by the NYS Legislature, the Office of the Governor and administered by the New York State Council on the Arts.

This project is not affiliated in any capacity with Little Free Library(R).