Hi Mary! I've been here for a few weeks now and have finally found my way around. I'm a retired bookkeeper and started quilting 5 years ago. No one in my family tree has quilted, so it was all new to me. I never even learned to sew until I started quilting. And it's my therapy now. I too love machine quilting. I joined the machine quilting group as well as piecing, traditional quilts, scrappy quilts and a few others. The groups are pretty quiet right now, but I think it's because this place is new. It only started on March 1.