Stitch in the ditch was done on both sides of all the grey "lead" and between all blocks and around the cross and heart. There are two crosses quilted in the top squares on either side of the main cross and continuous curves in the light squares to give the windows a cathedral look on the stain glass windows.
I tried to make the center cross look more dimensional by quilting irregular lines and knot holes running the length of the wood. In looking at this picture though, I can't see them at all.
This original design was first made by Joanne Wietgrefe for the First Congregational Church of Ithaca, New York in 2006. Her original is 7 ft. wide and 11 feet tall and hangs in the sanctuary of her church. This smaller version measures 70 inches by 82 inches and all the fabrics used in the design are batiks. It is to be a gift to the pastor of a church in Indiana.
This was definitely a challenge and learning experience for me and my customer. I can say now that I did enjoy the process of figuring out how to make it without any pattern, but not sure I'll be making many more quilts in the future from a tiny picture out of a magazine.