With the July unveiling of colorful outdoor wood square blocks on Mattie Street and at Train Station Park, the town of Denham Springs officially joins the Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail. Good timing, since the new "Quilt Mania" exhibit is now open at the Old City Hall Museum and Welcome Center. Featuring quilted, crocheted and embroidered items as well as dolls, linens and antique sewing machines, the exhibit becomes part of the only quilt trail in the state, running through five parishes: Livingston, St. Tammany, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and Washington. The trail features more than eighty registered squares on permanent display. Tourists are invited to follow the trail to discover the squares, which are installed on the outside of homes, businesses and barns. The wood square on Mattie St. recreates an intricate pattern of the original textured white ceiling tiles which were installed in Old City Hall when it was constructed in 1940. The wood block at Train Station Park features an abstract of a train designed and painted by Denham Springs High School student Bryce Richard. Two more Quilt Trail squares in Albany were also dedicated in July: at the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center, 30340 Catholic Hall Road, and at the site of the future Hungarian Settlement Museum on Hwy. 43 near Albany. For more information on the Northshore Quilt Trail, visit louisianaquilttrail.com; information on trails throughout the USA are at americanquilttrail.com.