I suppose one way of dividing the world up would be to group people into those who have never heard of a JUKI, and those who have. For the latter, a JUKI is a very fine mechanical sewing machine; it has no bells and whistles (fancy stitches) but it is known among quilters for its excellent stitches in piecing and free-motion quilting. It is larger than most domestic sewing machines, with a bigger throat space (very helpful when one is working on a large quilt.)
I am continuing to practice free motion quilting, this time following suggestions from Ann Fahl's tutorial on SewCalGal's website. The busy fabric makes the quilting harder to see, although I used a contrasting thread.
This 'ripple-stipple' and 'frond' are designs I learned from a class with Diane Gaudynski. I was using pink thread for this practice session.
Ann Fahl suggested loops and squiggles with little shapes like stars and hearts interspersed. I was having a hard time not making jerky motions. One must have 'slow hands' for this work.
I was more comfortable with spirals. This is the back of the work, where I had white thread in the bobbin.
Ann Fahl freely crosses her lines of quilting; I am not entirely comfortable doing that.
This shows the back of 'ripple-stipple' and the 'frond.'
Loops meandering over the work. Again, one is crossing the stitching lines. I believe I will continue to avoid doing that, but this is an assignment. See? Sometimes I follow directions. This was actually the first design I worked on, but my photos uploaded in reverse order.