There’s no better way to experience the culture and history of rural Olive Township than by hitting the road to travel through the countryside, as colorful quilt patterns adorn barns and outbuildings, family homesteads, and public spaces.

Olive Township’s first Quilt Trail celebrates the history of agriculture, the time-honored tradition of quilting, the community’s passion of art, community pride, and country hospitality. Visit the gallery to see more photos of the quilt trail structures.

Click here to view an interactive Google Map of the trail

Americana Star

Americana Star

Olive Township Historical Museum — 11768 Polk St, Holland

The “Americana Star” quilt design was chosen to honor our country. The community began painting the quilt block at the Olive Township Museum at our annual Memorial Day event in 2014. The committee completed it in 2014. The block is on display at the museum.

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Farmer's Daughter

Farmer's Daughter

Boerigter Homestead — 8331 112th Ave, West Olive

The newly added barn quilt in the pattern of “Farmer’s Daughter” was chosen by Wayne and Lois because Lois grew up on the farm and was, therefore, a farmer’s daughter.

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Corn and Beans

Corn and Beans

Boerigter Homestead — 8331 112th Ave, West Olive

The granary at the Boerigter Homestead, which was built in 1905, displays a barn quilt called “Corn and Beans” as that was its use of storage.

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Eastern Star

Eastern Star

Neinhuis Residence — 11349 Tyler St, Holland

The barn quilt displayed here is called the “Eastern Star.” Jack and Sue chose this pattern because it was the one Sue saw on another barn quilt tour and really thought it was pretty.

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Harvest Star

Harvest Star

Neinhuis Farm — 12170 Tyler St, Holland

Brent and Candace chose the “Harvest Star” quilt block pattern because their favorite time of the year has always been autumn, when the farmers are doing much of their harvesting.

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Hosley Residence — 7867 120th Ave, Holland

Ron and Sally like the design and meaning, which is based on the Biblical text of Revelation 22:2, referencing a tree as the “Tree of Life”.

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Ohio Star

Ohio Star

Josh and Brooke VanderToorn Farm — 10520 Blair St, Zeeland

This barn was built over 100 years ago. A 3rd story and second floor was added by former owner John Rozema. John grew up and lived there with his wife Minnie and their two daughters. Chickens were raised on the second floor and the first floor housed horses, dairy cows, rabbits, goats, cats, turkeys, and of course creepy, crawly things. They also had a wedding there recently.

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves

Machiela Residence — 12030 Polk St, Holland

Jerry and Bev have lived on Polk Street since 1975. The barn built in 1973 was already n the property and was home to many horses over the years. Most were race horses. They planted maple trees and have enjoyed the vibrant colors of autumn. The barn quilt, “Maple Leaves,” reflects their love of the fall season.

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Hens & Chicks

Hens & Chicks

Kit & Sandy Karsten Residence — 12085 Polk St, Holland

The newly added quilt square on the chicken coop represents “Hens & Chicks.” The building located directly behind the house has had several uses over the years. The original building was built in the 1930s.

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Patriotic Pride

Patriotic Pride

Kit & Sandy Karsten Residence — 12085 Polk St, Holland

Kit and Sandy’s second quilt square, “Patriotic Pride,” honors men and women in the military in their family. The names of thirteen family members who served from WWII to present day are inscribed on the back. They are remembered with pride and gratitude!

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Anchored in Christ

Anchored in Christ

Jacobsen Homestead — 8340 120th Ave, West Olive

Neil and Elaine Jacobsen received this “Anchored in Christ” quilt board as a gift from their children and grandchildren. They enjoy the design because it is so grand and meaningful which represents their family.

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Friendship Star

Friendship Star

Headley Farm — 10000 Barry St, Zeeland

Rog and Karen chose this “Friendship Star” pattern for their barn, which is dedicated to Karen’s grandmother, Tena (VanderKooi) Bartels. Grandma Tena worked many hours, with her hands, creating beautiful quilts for family and friends. Grandma Tena wrote many poems and was a friend to all.

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Hunters Star

Hunters Star

DeJonge Residence — 12252 Croswell St, West Olive

Jim and Mary Anne (Boers) have lived on Croswell Street since 1975. In 1988,  they moved into their current residence which includes 25 acres on the back of the former Boers farm on Polk Street. Mary Ann’s grandfather, Henry Boers, established the 82 acre farm in 1908. Her father, Claude Boers, lived at the Polk Street farm from 1955 until this death in 1985. The “Hunters Star” is symbolic of Jim’s love for hunting.

Spinning Star

Spinning Star

DeJonge Residence — 12252 Croswell St, West Olive

Mary Anne was pleasantly surprised to win the raffle prize of a quilt board. “Spinning Star” proudly graces the front porch of the De Jonge home built in 1988.

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Country Patriotic Flag

Country Patriotic Flag

Ron and Jane Brouwer — 14264 Blair St, Holland

Ron and Jane (Haveman) Brouwer lived on this property creating family memories for many years. It was previously owned by Jane’s family for about 50 years. After downsizing to another home in 2014, Ron and Jane retained the land and continue to enjoy it with their children and grandchildren. They chose a patriotic quilt theme to honor Ron’s service in the U.S Army.

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From There to Here

From There to Here

Lillian Veldheer — 11953 New Holland St, Holland

Russell and Lillian Veldheer purchased the property in late 1951. They built the barn in 1985; some people called it “Russ’ Toy Box” since it was built to house his toys. In 2007 they built the house that is currently on the property and sold the old farmhouse which was moved away.

The quilt design was chosen because of the patriotic colors. Russ and Lil often wore red, white and blue jackets; and Russ often wore a hat of these colors. The colors are also the colors of the flag of the Netherlands which is their heritage.

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Hens & Chicks

Hens & Chicks

Schrotenboer Homestead — 10135 96th Ave, Zeeland

Johnny worked in the office at Herman Miller for 36 years and raised chickens for 20 years. That is the reason they chose the “Hen & Chick” quilt pattern. They are not certain how old the barn is, but it was certainly an old barn when they moved onto the farm. Madelyn and Johnny say the best view of the quilt would be to make use of their circular driveway.

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 Tractor Colors

Tractor Colors

Schreur Home — 9497 96th Ave, Zeeland

Ron designed his very own “Tractor Colors” quilt pattern. The colors represent the various tractor brands of which he had left over paints after he painted the tractors. The building was built in 1969 and is home to several antiques placed in the front yard.

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 Dove at the Window

Dove at the Window

Todd & Debbie Wolters Barn — 6758 136th Ave, Holland

The barn,  part of the family farm, was built in the early 20th century with the silo added in the 1920’s. The farm has been home to the Wolters for 5 generations with horses and chickens recently returning to make it their residence.

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Country Patriotic Flag

Country Patriotic Flag

Kathy Headley — 9181 96th Ave, Zeeland

This quilt square was given to Kathy by her family, and represents their patriotism to America — the greatest land on earth! Kathy has three family members that served in the Army and the Marines, as well as several extended family members who were part of the military dating back to WWII. Kathy’s residence was purchased in 1999 and was originally part of her family’s farm. God Bless America!

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SonRise

SonRise

Roger Sr. and Sandy Headley — 9330 96th Ave., Zeeland

The Headley’s quilt is named “SonRise” to honor the Son of God. Roger Sr. and Sandy Headley moved to this farm in 1972. The barn was built in the late 1800’s by Jan (John) Holstege. In the 1850’s the farm was owned by John Ball of John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It had been a chicken farm until the 1980’s. The land is used to produce crops.

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Flying Kite

Flying Kite

VanderZwaag Residence — 7732 116th Ave, Holland

On land that was once a Christmas tree farm stands a Victorian farmhouse built in 1988 and a storage barn (1990), once a pony stable. The “Flying Kite” quilt is a reminder of kite flying days in the wide open country fields surrounding this homestead.

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