I came to join this board today, only to find I'd joined 5 years ago when I first became interested in quilting. At the time, I was trying to teach myself to hand-piece. I made a dozen blocks before I realized I did not like hand sewing. My DH bought be a sewing machine for Christmas and I started machine piecing about 2 weeks ago. Much better! I love seeing how much progress I can make in a relatively short amount of time.
I'm quilting my first big project now (on my machine) -- a ~68 inch square throw. I can't wait to finish it!