I haven't had much time for quilting, since I've re-entered the work world full time. But I did manage to get in a full day workshop with Aniko Feher a few weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Aniko not only has terrific techniques for making an incredible looking portrait, but her sense of humor about life and quilting entertained me the whole day.
Everyone worked on the same portrait of a girl named "Nadiia" that stayed with Aniko for a while.
I've done a portrait of Toby, my aussie, but my method took tons more time. Aniko's method is just about bullet proof. I have to try it out on a photo of someone I actually know!! haha.
I did, just tonight, finish quilting the "S" quilt. I underestimated the amount of quilting time I had left, but I'm thinking it was about 10 hours all together. Not too bad for a 76" x 86" quilt, done on my domestic machine. I used YLI trilobal polyester and it quilted up like butter! I highly recommend stepping out of the "cotton thread only" mindset and try some different threads. I also love Robison Anton thread. Both brands are 40 weight and work well, in my Juki, with a size 90 or 100 needle.