I brought my little snowball quilt out camping and quilted by the fire. I ended up machine stitching with clear thread in the ditch after I got home, but the hand stitches still seem a bit distant to me. Well, it's done, and I like it. I don't really ever recall quilting without a hoop and I don't think I'll do it again. I like to have some tension on the quilt as I think my stitches are smaller and more even. It can pass as a doll quilt made by a child learning.
Do you like to hand quilt with a hoop? Or without?