Hayloft Door Quilt Complete

Hayloft Door Quilt

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working on quilting this quilt, inspired by a door on my barn. It took a long time, but not all this time!  I just needed the weather and schedules to cooperate with me long enough to get pictures, which I finally have.  The finished quilt measures 74″ x 82″.

Hayloft door

I got the idea for this quilt about one year ago.  We have a large horse barn (no longer used for horses) on our property that was built in 1923.  It needs a lot of work but we are chipping away at it.  We have replaced the roof so far which was a big step.  And last summer my husband painted one side, and this summer the second side.  I used to take pictures of my quilts on that second side that he just repainted. I loved the texture of the peeling lead paint behind them.  Of course, its best for the barn to be painted, but I wanted to somehow pay tribute to the barn the way it was when we took ownership of it.  The front of the barn is not yet repaired or painted. I based my quilt block design off of the hayloft door in the center and I repeated the design in a four by four grid.

Hayloft Door detail 3

I knew right away that I wanted to use Les Amis by Patty Sloniger Foix Bois for the door panels.  It’s a lovely white with a silver grey fois bois design.  But I struggled to find the right grey solid for sashing. I wasn’t satisfied with Kona Ash so the project just sat for awhile. Then Robert Kaufman came out with Silver Kona!  It was just the color I was looking for so I started working on the quilt again. I added two other shades of grey for added interest, as well as two pops of Kona Wasabi for a little bit of color.  Those were just design elements to make it a more interesting quilt, not based on the barn architecture in anyway.

lead paint

To achieve the texture of the peeling lead paint, I quilted in 1/4″ straight lines using a silver grey variegated Aurifil thread.  I really like the way the texture worked out and it does in fact remind me of the barn.

Hayloft Door detail

I purchased all my Kona at Marmalade Fabrics. When I received the Wasabi, it was just what I was looking for but I realized that nothing in my stash matched it for the quilt back and I didn’t really want to add more grey.

Hayloft Door backing

All I had was a half yard of Alison Glass Sunprint Text in Green that worked so I asked Tammy to help me find coordinates. She suggested a number of them from which I chose the Mirror Ball Dot Citron and Center City Los Angeles in Downtown.

Hayloft Door detail 2

I enjoyed making this quilt.  It was fun to find my inspiration in a barn built nearly 100 years ago to create a thoroughly modern quilt design.

If you scroll back up to the first picture, you will see how I will be taking pictures of my quilts on the newly painted barn.  The painter (my husband) has declared it no longer ok to push sewing machine needles into the boards. The flat, horizontal board was already in place.  I am not sure why it was added there, perhaps as a patch?  But we decided to use it and hung eye hooks along it every 10 inches from the center.  I use little clips to attach my quilt to the hooks.  It’s a happy compromise.



  1. Good morning Amy! I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased that fabulous big red hutch – that is located in your sewing space? Thanks so much. Kim

  2. This is lovely! I just really like your quilt and love the barn-inspired back story…

  3. I love the design, fabric choices and most of all the quilting! I know all those rows of 1/4″ quilting were mind (and shoulder) numbing but the texture you have achieved is so perfrct!

  4. Beautiful quilt and the barn will make a lovely and easy backdrop for your photo shoots. How many spools of thread did you go through to achieve that fabulous texture?

  5. Beautiful fabrics and design and the quilting textural effect is wonderful. How nice to make a quilt inspired by the barn that we all enjoy seeing as the backdrop to your quilts … 🙂 Pat

  6. your quilt turned out excellent!! the quilting is perfect for it. love it

  7. It gorgeous, perfect choice of fabrics and quilting 🙂

  8. I’m certain the barn builders would have LOVED your quilt. The quiet simplicity of many turn of the century buildings/barns are perfect modern quilt inspiration and you captured the esthetic perfectly in your quilt. Congratulations!

  9. What fantastic inspiration! I can totally see how it translated into the quilt without it being a completely literal take on your barn. Very beautiful and made more so by the meaning behind it.

  10. I love your quilt, it is beautiful! It is a wonderful tribute to the old barn look.

  11. I am so glad your husband came up with a solution so you can still hang quilts by that barn for photographing. I would so miss your barn in your photos!

    Everything about this project came out beautifully, Amy. What amazing work.

  12. Your quilt is beautiful and I love the quilting too. What a wonderful old barn (I love old barns.) It’s the perfect spot for you to take pictures of your quilts.

  13. Nancy Peach says:

    Once again a winner!! It is a great idea for hanging your quilts. It truly is an amazing work of art both the barn and your quilt!!

  14. Thanks for sharing the story about your barn and inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed your barn pics. I have an old barn too and would love to see it’s roof replaced. Someday! Way to go on caring for yours.

  15. WOW!!! That quilt is totally awesome! You ROCK woman!!

  16. Mona Keegan says:

    You just keep the hits coming, Amy! This is another beautiful, amazing quilt. Thanks for sharing the whole process.

  17. It’s stunning Amy

  18. It’s a truly outstanding quilt, Amy! I really love the block, and I love how you used varied greys. The shots of yellow are brilliant. Your quilting adds an other dimension that is just perfect. Congratulations on a great finish. I also LOVE your quilt hanging solution!

  19. I really like this quilt a lot and especially so after reaiding the story

  20. Wow. Love this, love that yellow/green. Nice choice 🙂


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