Long arm quilting is sooo relaxing. Beginning quilters can easily use a long arm quilting machine. I use a Tin Lizzie 26" machine, but there are several brands available. I like Tin Lizzie because it isn't picky, doesn't fuss when I switch thread weights, in fact, I don't even need to adjust the tension. Thread the machine and just go! Tech support is Faaaabulous as well, I was very impressed when I needed to call tech support.
If you have a long arm dealer nearby, visit the shop and test drive a machine. You'll see how easy and relaxing it is. It doesn't matter which brand is near you, all long arm machines use the same basic machinery, it will be the options that are different between brands. Whatever's Quilted, in Wake Forest, is my favorite shop, along with Bernina World of Sewing on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.