An article on the history of crazy quilting lead me to be reminded of Carol Leather’s site Needlework tips and techniques. While there I was poking about and discovered that the ever tricky bullion stitch has been featured in a tutorial on Bullion Roses. Clear tips and advice on how to do this stitch is presented. I have directions on how to do this stitch here but I think this article clearly explains how the needle is angled if you do not use a hoop. Personally I always recommend a hoop but many people do not like them.
This lead me to poke about a bit and I discovered these detached chain stitch strawberries that I think crazy quilters will love. Do pay a visit to Needlework tips and techniques and Carols blog I think you will enjoy them both.