📹 New video: bullion knot stitch step by step with Serena Boffa Soda

In January we shared this post showing how Small Wonders author Serena Boffa Soda uses embroidery to create adorable details in her tiny textile landscapes:

From Small Wonders

Those falling leaves, those soaring birds . . . those itty-bitty pumpkins!

Bullion stitchWe were lucky to meet Serena when she came to the United States, all the way from Italy, to attend Quilt Market. She shared with us two of her favorite embroidery stitches: the colonial knot and the bullion stitch. She uses the colonial knot for her sheep and foliage (watch her how-to video here) and the bullion stitch for her sweet pumpkins (right).

Here’s Serena to show you how easy it is to embroider cute ’lil pumpkins just like she does with her bullion stitch embroidery tutorial:


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Now that you know the bullion knot stitch step by step, you’re ready to step into Serena’s teensy world for a “little” embroidery fun:

Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging
Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging

My Blessings Table Topper
My Blessings Table Topper

The Simple Life Table Runner
The Simple Life Table Runner

Small WondersOnly basic sewing and embroidery skills are needed to make the projects in Small Wonders, and Serena’s packed these pages with how-to for every step (so you don’t need to sweat the small stuff!). As you stitch you’ll learn what Serena knows to be true: it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Out of the simple techniques Serena uses in Small Wonders, which is your favorite to do?

  • Embroidery
  • Fusible appliqué
  • English paper piecing
  • Patchwork

Tell us your answer in the comments!


Quilt-Along Roundup, Week #1

Are you sewing with us during the Quirky Little Quilts Quilt-Along? Here’s a look at what participants have been up to this week! (Browse participant’s Instagram posts here.)

Win this fabric from Marcus Fabrics!Everyone’s Shoofly blocks are taking flight!

If you’re sewing with us, be sure to use the hashtag #QuirkyLittleQuiltsQAL so everyone can see your progress. When you post using the hashtag you’ll be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a pretty bundle of Sheryl Johnson’s fabrics from Marcus Fabrics (right). Winners will also receive five books of your choice from Martingale—and it’s not too late to get started! Get your copy of Quirky Little Quilts, sew up your Shoofly blocks, and post them on Instagram or Facebook—we can’t wait to see how your blocks turn out!


30 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I like embroidery but life is speeding by. I need to show and enjoy embroidery again. Patchwork is also enjoyable.

    —carol on March 29, 2019
  • Of those choices, I enjoy embroidery the most. Thanks for everything that you share with us.

    —bookboxer on March 29, 2019
  • Definitely embroidery! I can take where ever I go.

    —Donna on March 29, 2019
  • I do a little bit of everything

    —Hilda Krebs on March 29, 2019
  • I enjoy all of them

    —KARIMA DAWOOD on March 29, 2019
  • I really jump around quite a lot and do a little of everything, but I really need to focus on my embroidery skills. Serena’s book looks like it could really help me along a long way on my embroidery skills. Thanks.

    —Ann West on March 29, 2019
  • I just received my book! Can’t wait to get started.

    Great, Karen, welcome – we’re having fun! –Jenny

    —Karen on March 29, 2019
  • I love doing them all but if I had to pick 1 I would say Embroidery.

    —Sue Goodin on March 29, 2019
  • I love patchwork. I have done embroidery and would do it again.

    —Pamela Jones on March 29, 2019
  • So far my favorite technique is patchwork; however, I have not tried English paper-piecing yet. I like the idea of being able to take it with me anywhere!

    —ANN BRASSELL on March 29, 2019
  • I would have to say embroidery.

    —Robin on March 29, 2019
  • Fusible applique…or is it embroidery…or patchwork

    —Geri on March 29, 2019
  • English paper pieceing

    —Sue on March 29, 2019
  • English paper piecing

    —Sue on March 29, 2019
  • embroidery!

    —MS Barb on March 29, 2019
  • My favorite is patchwork.

    —Fran Claassens on March 29, 2019
  • I like to embroider and would like to learn her way of doing some new stitches.

    Gracie Adams on March 29, 2019
  • I learned how to do fusible applique about 2 years ago. It became my passion, especially in flowers. It is so easy to change the colors or keep the same colors in each of the blocks.

    —Judith Carlon on March 29, 2019
  • I started out with embroidery and patchwork when I was very young. Now I do patchwork, applie, wool work, and embroidery. I think patchwork is my favorite.

    —Billie Shannon on March 29, 2019
  • This is kind of like being asked to name your favorite child! I like all of the techniques. If I have to, I’d pick embroidery as my favorite because it’s the one my mother taught me as a young child – so many good memories attached to it.

    —Pearl on March 29, 2019
  • I LOVE to embroider! I do love The others too… I am a “jack of all trades”

    —Jo Anne Lane on March 29, 2019
  • It’s a toss-up between embroidery and patchwork; I often try to combine the two. Please don’t make me choose! They both give me joy.

    —SandyMay on March 29, 2019
  • Sicuramente molto il patchwork, molto appliqué e carta riattacco. Insomma mi piacciono tutte le tecniche……

    —Silvana on March 30, 2019
  • I enjoy all the techniques. I feel anything new that I can learn only gives me more stitches or techniques that I can use or teach. Hand work is so relaxing, EPP is also relaxing and you can make so many designs with those little shapes. I have a large lap quilt that has Hexi flowers on vines in the borders and coming up the center of the quilt, am in the process of adding hand stitching around each of them.

    —connie in florissant on March 30, 2019
  • I love patchwork, but I would like to learn simple embroidery to add a little something extra to some of my projects!

    —Teri D. Gailey on March 30, 2019
  • fusible applique

    —Linda Lee Ahn on March 30, 2019
  • I like patchwork the best, followed by EPP and embroidery.

    —Linda Towers on March 30, 2019
  • I like the embroidery first. Patchwork and EPP tie for second and third. I do sew more patchwork as I can do the projects faster. I chose embroidery as I leaned some simple stitches from a 6th birthday gift from my 2 living great-grandmas so long ago.

    —Loisjean on March 30, 2019
  • I pretty much love all handwork with embroidery right up at the top. It’s so portable & pretty. Love doing it while my mother visits & watches the Cooking channel and also sitting with my husband while he watches sports. Win/Win!

    —Sue H on March 31, 2019
  • I have 3 done!

    —Leigh Ann Prange on April 1, 2019

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