I do a lot of machine quilting with redwork designs...I usually embroider my filled designs in the center of the blocks...then I sew my squares together to make the entire quilt top including the borders...then I sandwich and back the quilt...then I pin the quilt...then I run my in-the-ditch around the blocks and borders removing the pins...this basically holds the quilt together...then I go back and do my redwork designs...sometimes just a border type redwork design around my filled design...and if the block is blank...I do the redwork design in the blank square...this way all of the redwork will be quilted through...I also machine quilt my borders this way. If you are going to do the Bible verses, I would embroider them and go back and put a redwork frame around them after you have the quilt made as I described...then the frame border will be quilted through to the back...I hope this makes sense...let me know if you have any questions...I love doing this as I am trying to blend machine embroidery with my quilting. I also will free motion quilt around the filled machine embroidery design...this way the outline of the filled design is quilted through to the back...Sometimes I match the color of the back fabric with that color thread in the bobbin and use another color for the needle thread. If you do this, you may need to adjust the tension to balance out so the top thread does not show on the back of the quilt...
Thanks Kim for giving me a quick tutorial here. Basically what I have read from you and Jo is that the quilting - however, I choose to do it should be in the block itself and not going across a couple of blocks. By stitching in the ditch of each block you are creating blocks on the back side of the quilt. I have never free motion quilting and don't think I am coordinated enough to do that and make it look good. I may have to just go with the stitch in the ditch for my quilting. Thanks for you help with this and the bible verses.
Of course you can use redwork. I might not use the ones that use the bean stitch(heavier). I have used rw a lot. Designsinstitches-Kaz has a nice selection to use. Top of the home page has a tab for the free designs index and there you will find a good bunch of choices. Can't think off the top of my head right now for more. Sites are on my home computer. I will try to remember to put some of those up later on. Though most quilts I just stipple all over. Click on my name and eventually some of my quilt pictures will come up.
I have always used the same thread, top and bottom , Never know when the bobbin thread might want to show through. That would be traditional, anyway. (Which is about how traditional I get.LOL). I use a larger needle-a 14.
Thanks Jo for your advice. I will look at the site you gave me and see what I can come up with. Thanks for letting me know what size needle I should use.