Thursday, June 4, 2015

Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina

New Star of North Carolina
While driving through Marion and the surrounding area I was delighted to see lovely art work attached to the outside of local landmarks and businesses.
It took a while to realize that they were quilt block designs.  We spoke with a tour guide at Linville Caverns and were informed that they were part of a  Quilt Trail that includes 6 contiguous North Carolina Counties.
I immediately began to collect photos of them to show quilting friends including  Aunt Millie, my Mom Ella and Fred's sister Nancy.
Linville Cavern's where I first learned the origin of the trail has 2 quilt blocks.

A Bat's Life block #128 features the Cavern and pays homage to the bats winter residents Pipistrelle Bats.

A Bat's Life

Underground Rainbow #129 is all about the near blind rainbow trout that inhabit the caves underground stream.

Underground rainbow

In historic downtown Marion I found Grape Basket #4 at the Farmers Market.

Grape basket

Handcrafted #8 at the McDowell Arts Council.


Pickin and Grinnin at Killough's Music Store.

Pickin and grinnin

Scales of Justice #18 at a law office.

Scales of Jusice

Futures dawning #113 is one of Marion's newest blocks and can be found on a main Street building that houses an investment firm.

Futures Dawning
A Bridge of Faith adorns a downtown funeral home


  1. That is really neat, Bonnie! I love the explanation of each square.


  2. They were really beautiful Jim. Each one work of art.

  3. The part that I liked was just riding/driving around this beautiful area to try and find some of them. That was the fun part.