He is Risen!
He has risen indeed!
I finished the quilt in time for Easter, as I was hoping to do. The fabrics were given to me by my aunt, who loved the fabrics but didn't have the time to make them into a quilt. So I'll be able to give it to her tomorrow. It was my first time really playing with value and it was a ton of fun! I will have to do it again sometime.
The cross is quilted in brown thread with a wood grain pattern. There are lines (like sunshine rays) coming from the center of the cross (a gold metallic thread on the top and a red/orange/yellow varigated on the bottom) symbolizing the new life that Jesus gave us. I had quilted a white cloth over the cross at one point too, but it didn't look right. I think it would have been better to applique it on, but since I've never done applique and had a deadline I didn't do it. The cross is still empty - that's what matters.