I am learning to hand piece (lot's of fun and very relaxing) and now we are learning to hand quilt! I am finding it very difficult to use a hoop, a thimble and such a short needle. I have fat little fingers and the process of rocking the needle with the thimble seems to be very difficult. I tried quilting without the hoop and without a thimble and I did much better and my shoulders were not as tense. My question to all is do you prefer to quilt "in the hoop" or "out of the hoop". Pros and cons of each? Thanks.