I like to machine-piece my quilts with the actual quilting done by hand. I have enjoyed making quilts in traditional geometric patterns and a more contemporary palette.
Recently, I have explored more abstract patterns with recycled materials- mostly linen and cotton. (See my list of books for inspiration and technique under Sources.) There's something so basic about a blanket! Quilting has taught me patience, and it can take me anywhere from 2-6 months to complete a piece, trying to work for a few hours everyday.