Welcome back to Week 12 of #freemotionfriday! Our video library is growing with these awesome videos, so if you’ve missed any of them be sure to search for them here. Learning each week with you, as we share our faith journey, is such a pleasure. If you’re just beginning your journey, here’s a post to help launch your free motion practice this year.
This week we’ll be making a free motion quilt design called “Figs”. On Monday, as Jesus was entering the city of Jerusalem, he saw a fig tree that was full of lush green leaves. Inside the tree, though, there was no fruit. Jesus knew this, as it was off season – yet he chose to use this as a teaching moment for his disciples. He cursed the fig tree, saying that it never again would people eat of its fruit. The next day, as the disciples re-entered Jerusalem, they saw that the fig tree was withered.
What’s fascinating about this is the history: historically, Israel was represented in scripture by the fig. In calling out the fig tree, Jesus was using his last week on earth as an opportunity to teach his disciples an important lesson – that what you display on the outside isn’t always what’s in your heart. He was making the point that there were there, in Israel, people who outwardly appeared to follow God’s law, but – in their heart – were not. It’s these people who were cursed if he or she did not change their ways.
Let’s get started in sewing Figs, our free motion quilting design for the week. Here are three tips to help you as you create this design:
As you’ll see in the video above, one of the most important techniques here is to make a sharp tip on your figs. Figs attach to the tree branch through a stem at the top of the fig, and you’ll want to mimic this in your design.
…and that’s it! Watch the short video above that breaks down the process even more. I look forward to hearing how your sewing goes; leave a comment letting me know how you did, and be sure to share your work on IG using the tag #freemotionfriday so I can see your beautiful work!