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.
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.
Cake Walk, Wicked Water and Woven Wind by Urban Elementz are Michelle's favourites. You can find Michelle at Seashell Quilting.
The Marmalade Pantograph by Urban Elementz was the choice of Christina at Piece of Home Quilts.
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 :-)
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.
This Wave on Wave pantograph by Urban Elementz is a lovely nod to traditional patterns. It's Carolyn's choice, of Whitney Oaks Designs.
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.
Don't forget that all of these longarmers are giving a 20% discount on edge-to-edge computerized pantograph quilting for your Bar Code quilt top if you get it to them before May 31, 2022. So if you're not quite finished yet, you have some time to put your quilt top together and pick a backing fabric.
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.
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).
Seeing as we're close to Christmas, these could make nice last-minute Christmas gifts, too.
Do you have any other ideas? Post them in the comments or on Instagram (with #BarCodeQAL)