I love both hand piecing and quilting as well as by machine. I think it's a personal choice. I tend to love the appearance of the machine quilted ones, but I love the hand quilted pieces due to the time and love placed in them. You need to do what you think is right. Both are right, but it depends upon the person doing the quilting. Good luck.
Different strokes for different folks. I don't worry about what others think. Machine quilting is the best thing since sliced bread.
I would hand quilt it too but there are many that can't or don't want to and would use their machine. I guess it is to each their own