49. Fulton Township Hall - Perrinton
The Double X Quilt Block pattern exhibits the exciting history and famous excursion of Arnold Payne and his fellow travelers who first inhabited the area. Take a trip through Fulton Country to explore its rich history exhibited through this Sampler style quilt block. In the center of the block is the first homestead built by Arnold Payne, whose family was likely the first settlers in Fulton Township, as well as Gratiot County, around 1855. Within the cabin, you find three windows representing the three day villages in the township today: Middleton, Perrinton, and Pompeii. To enter Fulton Township, the Payne family and fellow travelers had to cross the Maple River, represented by the Maple Tree on the left. Within the branches of the Maple Tree lie three white triangles symbolic of the three Fulton Brothers for whom the township was named after. This is also represented by the trunk of the tree depicting the letter “F.” On the right side of the cabin, the pine tree represents the Pine Creek, which flows through Fulton Township and forms the man-made Rainbow Lake. Within the pine tree are 13 white triangles to symbolize Arnold Payne’s 13 children. The trunk is also shaped as a “T” to denote the governmental entity, the township. Above the cabin, there is a rainbow with five strands; the rainbow represents Rainbow Lake and the five strands represent the five township board members who oversee the health, safety, and welfare of the township. Below the cabin, you see the sun shining over the plow; this is symbolic of the rich farm production, agricultural business, and strong faith community that exists within Fulton Township today.
50. Kurtze - Carson City
Quilts have been part of my life since I was a young child, sleeping under a pile of my grandmother‛s hand sewn quilts. I learned a love of sewing from my mother, using these talents to make my first quilt as a young adult. My mother-in-law inspired me to continue quilt-making, her reversible quilts a testament to the patience needed in both sewing and in life. Although I visited family in the country, it wasn‛t until after my husband and I married that we made a move to the family farm, where we have lived and worked ever since. The idea of making a barn quilt to decorate our home and showcase our farm life was the perfect fit for my love of quilts and his of farming.
The greens in the quilt represent the crops we grow and the lands that
surround us. The pink represents the unconditional love that sustains our family.
The pinwheel design was chosen for its playfulness, and for its reminder that it is
the simple pleasures in life that both rejuvenate and ground us.
51. Ratu - Carson City
In 1855, William Brice came to America from England and settled in southwest Gratiot County where he purchased 160 acres of land from the government at a cost of 50 cents per acre. The land has been used to raise a variety of farm animals and crops over six generations. Faith, family, and friendships have been integral threads in binding these generations together. The barn quilt hanging on this farm is a block taken off a quilt the current owner's grandmother, Fannie Hill, created in a combined effort with many community and church members. The many different types of stitches, colors, and patterns of material used in this quilt represent special people and events that are important to the history of this farm.
52. Roslund - Ithaca
In the fall of 1976, this 80-acre homestead farm located at 2452 W. Johnson Rd. in Ithaca, Michigan was purchased by Loren Roslund and Becky Fitzpatrick. Both were farm kids who had grew up in different parts of Gratiot County. As young adults, they were married in the spring of 1977 and made this homestead their new home. Together they farmed the land with their two daughters Angie and Allison.
Proud of their heritage, the couple chose the Swedish Postcard quilt pattern to represent their Swedish heritage from the Roslund side of the family. They placed a Celtic Irish knot in the middle to represent the Irish heritage on the Fitzpatrick side.
53. Skinner - Ithaca
The Mariner's Star was chosen for all the colors that enhance the various points. The complexity of this quilt block represents the many aspects of a farming family's life.
The blue and yellow stands for the Ithaca Community in which the Skinner family has stayed to raise their children. The green represents the growing agriculture in Gratiot County.
No matter which way you come to Skinner farm, you are always welcomed with a friendly smile. The homestead was started in 1876, and the Skinners are the third owners. Dave and Tamey moved to the homestead on September 20, 1980. They raised two children, Benjamin and Amber. Dave's parents live just down the road on the farm they established in 1957. Farming has been a big part of the Skinner family for four generations in Gratiot County. Brent Skinner, David and Tamey’s nephew, now farms the land at both farms.
54. Newark Township Hall - Ithaca
The Friendship Block represents Newark Township, founded in 1855, with many historical family farms and some prime agricultural soil.
55. Chaffin - Ithaca
This Cove Ring quilt design is a replica of a hand-sewn quilt created by Sue Chaffin's great-grandmother, Edna Crakes of Kent County, Michigan in the late 1800s. It was handed down to Sue's grandmother (Mary Bernice Krum) and mother (Bea Krum) before it was passed down to Sue. The colors are identical to Sue's great-grandmother's quilt, which is now on display at Sue's home. This quilt square reproduction was hung by two children (Mike and Julie) at the end of August after it was completed on August 17th, 2015.
56. Gratiot County Historical Society - Ithaca
The Gratiot Historical Museum’s barn quilt block consists of four smaller log cabin blocks assembled with the light sides to the center forming a cross. It includes a red border around the four combined blocks. The block was hung June 28, 2015.
The log cabin block is one of the oldest quilt patterns and became identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America. During the Civil War of the 1860s, a log cabin quilt with a black center hanging on a clothesline signaled a stop for the Underground Railroad.
The colors on the museum barn quilt were chosen to represent Gratiot County and the state of Michigan: brown for its fertile soil, green for its forests and fields, dark blue for its lakes and streams, light blue for the sky, white for the clouds, and brick red for the hearth of the home.
. Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. - Ithaca
This square represents the main economic sectors in Gratiot County that are supported by GGDI: manufacturing, agriculture, wind energy, and recreation.
58. Downtown Bakery - Ithaca
Downtown Bakery in Ithaca was opened in 1983 by the Jim & Shirley Whitman family. They utilized some family cookie recipes and added a variety of breads, rolls, and cake donuts to the menu. Shirley decorated special occasion cakes. Rick Koppleberger was hired in 1984 to help with the baking and frying. He learned the trade from Jim and went on to purchase the business when Shirley retired in 1994. Rick has continued the baking tradition of the Whitmans, producing popular favorites of healthy bread, English muffin bread, butter flake rolls, cream & custard long johns, chocolate frosted cinnamon rolls, and frosted sugar cookies. Pamela continues to decorate special occasion cakes.
However, Downtown Bakery wasn't the first bakery business in Ithaca, Michigan. McWilliams Bakery operated out of the current location sometime in the sixties and seventies, per many local residents, who have shared memories of visiting the bakery during their school lunch period for the sweet delicacies the bakery produced. An antique weather thermometer with calendar given to the owners reveals that Williams Bakery operated in Ithaca in the 1940s. Historical copies of the Northwestern Miller, a trade magazine from Minnesota, list in the General Trade Notes of Michigan of July 27, 1921 that, "Peabody & Son have bought the Central bakery, Ithaca, from William Hubbard." Later, the February 22, 1922 edition notes stated that, "C.A. Peabody & Son, bakers, Ithaca, have sold to G.D. Christonnell & Co." These suggest that another bakery operated in Ithaca. Downtown Bakery continues the rich history of serving the community home baked goods.
Pamela is an avid quilter and chose the quilt block patterns as a reflection of her personal quilting history. Sunbonnet Sue is a favorite pattern and has become her online avatar. One of her earliest quilts was a sampler of various Sunbonnet patterns. Quilting wasn't passed down through the family and she doesn't have quilts that her Grandmother made. Rather, Pamela introduced both of her sisters to quilting. The three sisters have been sewists since 4-H days and bond regularly over quilting and sewing activities. Pamela originally stitched a small Sister's Choice quilt for a guild quilt challenge, and then gifted it to her oldest sister. It is a fitting block to represent the family quilting connection.
The colors of autumn are represented on both blocks. Fall is a favorite season and the warm yellows, oranges, and reds bring thoughts of crisp weather, bonfires, and cider with donuts. Rick and Pamela are alumni of Ithaca High school and Sunbonnet Sue is painted the school colors of blue and gold and surrounded by two Yellow Jackets.
61. Hornak - Ithaca
Many quilts give clues to their owner’s personality, and so does the Hornak Family Block. The cross conveys their love of God. The flag reflects their love for their country and its ideals. The five hearts represent the Hornak Family: Mr. and Mrs. Hornak and their three daughters. The Yellow Jacket represents the Ithaca High School mascot, where the couple worked for many years, and the Ithaca Community. Designing the quilt square forced the family to discuss who they were artistically, and they are very proud of the end result and the factors it represents.