A few weeks later we took our family vacation to Illinois and, to make a long story short, I found the perfect fabric for Frances. My husband is a minister and these are the fabrics I chose. (The blocks are religious sayings).
These squares were found as a bolt of fabric that I cut out. I had such a fun time contructing this but it was a bit of a challenge because the squares weren't all the same size, which I didn't realize until we got home from our vacation. So what I did was I put boarders on the squares so I could trim them all down to the same size.
Now onto the backing. I found this gorgeous print that was the same theme of the blocks: religious sayings, creme color with music notes (Frances sings in the choir too). It was just perfect. Again I didn't realize until we got back home that I had not bought enough. So I had to modify it. I found some solid green fabric that I could maybe add to the sides. Again, still not enough. So I found some dark brown paterned fabric that I could add. Finally enough fabric! And then I had this brilliant idea to put it together so the back looked like a cross and I LOVE how it turned out.
So this quilt took a little while longer than expected but I was extremely pleased with the finished product. When I handed it to Frances for Christmas I said "I'm having a hard time giving this to you!" (She understood why).
As a side note I free-form quilted the quilt with my trusty Kenmore sewing machine.