Finishing Quilts

Wow, I had a hard time photographing this quilt. I tried so many different settings on my camera. In the end, I think it was maybe the computer, and not my camera, that was having a hard time with the all the white.


Anyway, this will be the “header” for the series of quilts called “The Signature of Jesus.” Most of the quilts will simply be a cross with the words “God so loved the world” embroidered on the quilt.

For this one I had the idea of asking various friends what the cross really meant to them (not a theological explanation, just a personal thought or feeling.) I don’t have that many friends, so I did get some of the words from my other “friends”–some of my favorite authors : )


I enjoyed working on this quilt from start to finish. I enjoyed choosing pairs of fabric for each cross. I free-cut the rectangles and the strips for each cross.  And again free cut each rectangle and inserted the strips of the cross.

Then of course, after I put them in a grid on the design wall, I had to make them all fit together. That was probably the hardest part, but it really isn’t that hard. It does involve a little math : )


Once the top was put together and the quilt sandwich was assembled, I machine basted it, and also quilted the outlines of each rectangle and cross.

THEN, I embroidered the words under each cross. I had more than 16 words, and so I used my sketchbook to decide which words to use and where each word would go, and also as a reference so that I wouldn’t repeat any words!


Then I embroidered the large words “The Signature of Jesus” across the top. You might still be able to see the blue pen (disappears with cold water) that I used to draw the lines for the writing. I like to use lines when I want the writing to be straight and even. For the smaller words, I use Gwen Marston’s trick of making a line with a ruler and my thumbnail! You would be surprised at how long a crease made with your fingernail will stay in the fabric.

I really enjoyed machine quilting the background of each cross. I matched the thread color to the fabric, and basically quilted around the motifs of each fabric.


And last, I machine quilted the close lines. I free-motion quilt the straight lines, because I like the organic look of them.


I bound it using the method where you bring the backing fabric around to the front. And I was reminded once again that I do not care for this method. It seems like it would save time, but I don’t believe that it is any faster than traditional binding.

And on to the next project!

8 thoughts on “Finishing Quilts

  1. Hi Debbie, I just found this beautiful quilt of yours by googling “cross quilt.”
    A friend of mine has pancreatic cancer and I’m looking for a nice quilt to make her for comfort. Would you mind if I sort of copy your idea of this quilt? I’m at a loss as to how to encourage her, but your quilt is wonderful and will be dear to her, I think, if I can do justice to it. Please let me know what you think.

    • Oh, of course! I’d love to see what you come up with. This one was fun to do, because I just chose fabrics I loved, and then talked to people I loved to see what their response to the cross was.

      I did a whole series of cross quilts. If you search “The Signature of Jesus” on this blog, you’ll probably see most of them.

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