Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The First Day of Spring brings another First

From my friend Barbara Webster of the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina--the 150th quilt block on their incredible trail, and the world's first quilt block sundial!

Barbara says, "It was dedicated on March 20, the first day of Spring. It was designed by Bob Hampton and Martin Webster. and tells local solar time--the time everyone used before we had time zones. It is extremely accurate--designed for the spot where it hangs."

This block is also the 150th block in the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina. The area is very dear to me--my first research trip was in October of 2008, when the 100th block was hung!

Since then I have visited half a dozen times, and despite an unfortunate driving escapade (look back to July 23 of last year for a scary photo!), I have to keep visiting-- a wonderful welcome and new adventures always await.

Visit if you get the chance--a lovely town and beautiful countryside just full of quilts! In the meantime, check out their website: http://www.quilttrailswnc.org/

1 comment:

  1. I have been following the patchwork quilting trails for some time now and it is amazing how they are still dotting the rural heartland of America! I am so glad to see that they continue to launch new sites all the time!

    Thank you for such a beautiful site that chronicles some of these wonderful barns!