Bar Code QAL Wrap Up

And that's a wrap!

Thank you so much for sewing along with me! I had fun putting together the weekly blog posts and seeing everyone's progress on Instagram and in my inbox.

Now that the quilt tops are finished, it's time to think about quilting them.

Quilting ideas

I asked our longarm sponsors for their favourite pantographs that they'd use on the Bar Code quilt, to help get your creative juices flowing and to give you some quilting ideas and inspiration.

Jennifer of Jenn G. Quilt Co. picked Modern Meander, by Willow Leaf Studio. I can see this one looking fabulous on so many different quilts.

Modern Meander Pantograph by Willow Leaf Studio

Cake Walk, Wicked Water and Woven Wind by Urban Elementz are Michelle's favourites. You can find Michelle at Seashell Quilting.

Cake Walk pantograph by Urban Elementz

 Wicked Water pantograph by Urban Elementz

 Woven Wind pantograph by Urban Elementz

Seashell Quilting longarm studio

The Marmalade Pantograph by Urban Elementz was the choice of Christina at Piece of Home Quilts.

Marmalade Pantograph by Urban Elementz

I detect a water theme here with Melissa of Lakeside Longarmer choosing Raindrops on Water by Three Sisters Fabrics, and White Water by Urban Elementz :-) 

Raindrops on Water pantograph by Three Sisters Fabric White Water pantograph by Urban Elementz

Heather of Red Willow Quilts picked Knit 1 Purl 2 by Urban Elementz. I'm pretty sure I will have a quilt one day with this pantograph on it.

Knit 1 Purl 2 pantograph by Urban Elementz

Red Willow Quilts

This Wave on Wave pantograph by Urban Elementz is a lovely nod to traditional patterns. It's Carolyn's choice, of Whitney Oaks Designs.

Wave on wave pantograph by Urban Elementz

And the last design to figuratively whet your appetite is April's favourite, Wishbone by The Longarm League. This one has been on my list of pantographs to try for a while. Maybe Bar Code will be the quilt that finally gets this panto. April can be found at Sew Darn Cute Quilting.

Wishbone Pantograph by The Longarm League

Using the leftovers

Did you save the cutoffs from the strip sets? If your strip sets were the 21" long ones, you should have a bunch of roughly 2"-3" wide striplets (is that a word?) left over that you can use up in many different ways.

Bar Code quilt along - what to do with the leftovers from strip piecing

This option uses Y-seams, which aren't everyone's favourites, but I love the cascading look of the strips. It almost gives the impression of woven strips. This works best if you can cut your striplets to 2.5" wide. This leaves them at 2" wide and 10" long once they are sewn in, which works out to 5 horizontal striplets for every vertical one.

Other options include quick projects like table runners, placemats, a small wallhanging or mug rugs with a few of the striplets and some coordinating background fabric (whether that's the same as the background fabric you used in the quilt, or a contrasting one). 

Bar Code quilt placemat - what to with the leftover strip sets

Bar code quilt placemat - what to do with leftovers from strip piecing

Do you have any other ideas? Post them in the comments or on Instagram (with #BarCodeQAL)

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