Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Everything's Rosy

This one was a real find--also in Fayette County, Iowa. I passed by the barn and then hit the brakes and backed up for a closer look. The sounds of new age music seemed to emanate from the dozens of rose bushes; it was quite the unusual barn quilt experience!

Brad Mackenzie was strolling through his gardens, enjoying what his wife, JoEllen, calls "our little hobby farm."

The farmhouse borders a valley where deer, turkeys, coyotes, and eagles can be seen from the deck overlooking the spring-fed pond stocked with perch.

The MacKenzie’s twenty-two acres might be called more of an “environment” than a farm, and passersby on Highway 18 often stop to take a second look at some of the 350 varieties of roses that Brad MacKenzie raises, or the peacocks that roam free on the property.

The Rolling Star barn quilt completes the tableau. The idyllic setting has been carefully created, and JoEllen declares, “I don’t think we will ever be moving!”

If they do, she has promised to let me know. I could definitely live here!


  1. This is just so pretty~ I just love running across a new barn quilt in my travels!

  2. Thanks, Linda. This was really a great spot--I wanted to stop and stay awhile.

  3. Oh how magical!~especially with the background information. Thanks for sharing.