I really like hand work. It's soothing. Recently I've been hand quilting with size 8 Pearl Cotton. The stitches are on the big side but I like how they look. Even when I used to struggle to make my stitches tiny, I secretly liked them best when they were bigger.
First I machine stitch around the blocks (stitch in the ditch). Then I hand quilt the inner lines of the blocks. The blocks are 10 inches by 16 inches so the machine stitching is enough hold things in place. No quilting hoops or basting are needed for the hand quilting.
For this quilt I am using Artfabric hand dyed variegated thread. I like it a lot.