Never say never... When ever someone says something about hand quilting or piecing, I usually reply with "Oh there is no reason to do anything by hand".
Well, I have just eaten my words with my 2-1/2" square bucket. (When cutting my quilt tops, I go ahead and cut my scraps into 2-1/2" squares and throw in my bucket.)
As we were headed out the door to go to the lake castle (our little piece of paradise), I grabbed up my bucket, needle and thread. So now I am hand piecing a quilt top, over time, from my scraps. Kinda excited about it too! :)
Oh, let me add that I am chain piecing my squares. Not sure if that's what you do when hand piecing but it's what this machine quilter knows. :)