I came up with a trick years and years ago that allowed me to secure my often highly embellished work in a frame for hand quilting. I still continue to use this method today when I'm hand embroidering and beading. I always, always work in a Q-snap frame.....11" x 11" or 11" x 17" are my preferences. Working in a square or rectangular frame, rather than a round hoop, allows the fabric to be secured 'on grain', thus helping to avoid wrinkles/distortion from developing. The 'clip' system makes it easier to adjust the tension....tight for beading but looser for hand quilting.
This trick will also enable the stitching to be brought out to the edge of the quilt...without trying to hold it in your hands which has a tendency to cause the edges to ripple. The finished piece is below: