Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Grandmother's Fan

Mary Beth Zuiderveen wanted to honor her five grandchildren with this colorful Grandmother's Fan quilt block on the (almost) Centennial farm.  Each of the fan blades represents a different child.  You can see the block at 3301 S. 7 Mile Rd., Falmouth, MI.

Installation of the block can be interesting to say the least. You use the equipment/tools at your disposal.  And look who is doing the work and who is watching!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Windmills dot the countryside in the area where this "Windmill" quilt block resides.  You'll find it on the front of Steve's Tire at 9190 County Line Road, Marion, MI.

Steve and Brenda VanHouten chose this simple Windmill block both because they reside in the heart of the Heritage Energy Wind Farm and because both Steve and Brenda are of Dutch ancestry dating back into the 1600's.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sixteen Points: The Grandkids Quilt

Don and Sandy Bode chose the brightly colored Sixteen Points quilt block for their barn.  Since they have sixteen grandchildren, they chose to call in The Grandkids Quilt. 
Sandy loves her flower gardens, and she thought the many colors in this block represented them well.  Their farm at 11789 S. Turnerville Rd., Marion, MI is a newly designated Centennial Farm.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ninepatch Star

This eye-catching Ninepatch Star is located on what may be the oldest farm in Missaukee County, at 143 years.  It is owned by Ruth Lutke and is located at 10300 Seven Mile Road.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Big Heart

Shannon Scott received this quilt block for her birthday.  Here's what she has to say about it:  "This is my 60th birthday present from my daughter and son-in-law.  She thinks I have a big heart and I love hearts, so that is why she suggested it."

This block can be found at 11365 W. Round Lake Road, Lake City, MI.  She doesn't have a barn, but the block has a place of prominence on the garage, and it can be viewed from the road.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Clay's Choice

The Stahl Event Barn on Lucas Road between Cadillac and McBain is home to a vibrant red, white and blue quilt block.  A family quilt was the inspiration for the block.
The barn on this Centennial Farm has been repurposed and is now the site of many weddings, proms, family reunions.  There are several photo-ops around the barn and outbuildings and the quilt block is one of them.

Friday, June 17, 2016


The Manton Area Heritage Restoration Group was formed to encourage economic development in the Manton area by improving buildings.  We are focused on the restoration of the Phelps Brothers Warehouse (granary) in downtown Manton.  It was build in 1900 and suffered from neglect for the 5 years prior to our purchase.  We bought it in October of 2014, put a new roof on it and have spent many work sessions cleaning it up.  We now have engineered plans to bring it up to code.  The quilt block will call attention to our efforts and enhance this historical building.