The best things come in small packages: sooo mini, must see! (+ giveaway!)

Peek inside the teeny-tiny world of Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda—it’s a place where petite pleasures abound!

Small Wonders

Study Serena’s sweet quilts with their fast-to-fuse appliqués, and you’ll discover delightful details upon a closer look:

Thumbnail-high houses complete with doors and windows

Itty-bitty pumpkins ready to harvest

Mini sheep grazing in a mini meadow

Laundry hung on a pint-size clothesline

Birds the size of sunflower seeds taking flight

Only 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 don’t 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.

We love what Serena says about the little things in the introduction to Small Wonders:

Serena Boffa Soda“This book is dedicated to the simple life, pulsing with slow, cozy rhythms and marked by the harmony of nature—an ‘old-style’ life that today’s modernity has overshadowed. In this world, everything is made small but with great attention to every possible detail, because the details matter the most. It’s the details and the love we put into them that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

We are so excited to share with you our Q&A with Serena today—all the way from Italy!

Stitch This!: Tell us about how you first started sewing.

Serena: I started sewing late, when I was 29 years old. That year I fell in love with patchwork. I couldn’t resist the call of the fabrics, singing to me like mermaids to sailors! But sewing has always been around me. I have been lucky to experience Grandma and Mom’s sewing talents since I was a young girl. I was fascinated by their talented hands; they taught me everything I needed to shape the quilter I am today.

ST!: What is the sewing scene in Italy like right now?

Serena: Italy is a relatively young country on the patchwork scene, but we’re famous all over the world for our clothing! Quilts are not part of our traditions, but in the last few years we’ve started breathing new air. Something is changing—a new generation is willing to learn, the offerings from shops are improving, and long-arm machines have landed here too! Not to mention our manufacturing industry: we are very proud to count Aurifil thread as an amazing representative of our country inside the quilting market.

Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging
Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging

ST!: What inspired you to write Small Wonders?

Serena: I love houses and villages and everything that goes with them, so the recurring theme for Small Wonders was easy to imagine. And I knew I had to make them mini! My love for embroidery, appliqué, and English paper piecing completed the idea. I had to think about a different way to look at hexagons, apple cores, and other English-paper-piecing shapes—they became a part of my little landscapes, and I absolutely love the result. Small Wonders is dedicated to the serenity of the heart, where handwork and machine piecing are well balanced.

ST!: What’s your typical process for designing your quilts, and where do you find your inspiration?

Serena: I sketch on paper first. When a new idea comes to my mind, I put it in my special inspiration notebook. Ideas disappear as quickly as they come, so it’s important to get them on paper! You may not need them immediately, but once they are sketched, they’re ready to use. Once a project takes shape, I can move to the computer for the final details. But almost the whole process is done on paper. That doesn’t mean I’ll follow the original plan to the end . . . some things may change along the way, but the first idea is very important. Simple things are the most inspiring to me, and nature is the most important source. There’s such beauty in simple things—we should never get tired of them!

My Blessings Table Topper
My Blessings Table Topper

ST!: It’s obvious that you love the little things in life! What is it that draws you to working on such a small scale?

Serena: I have always done it! Since I was a little girl, learning different things, I’ve been working on a small scale. From cross-stitch to painting, if the subject was big, it wasn’t as appealing to me. It had to be small. In small things reside the most beautiful details, which I love the most. Little things speak to my heart in a language I understand.

ST!: How do you use your little quilts? How do you like to display them?

Serena: I love to be surrounded by my mini-quilts in my sewing space, where I spend most of the day. I have them hanging wherever possible, and not only on walls. When I get bored, I simply switch them! Mini-quilts are super easy to take care of and don’t need much space!

The Simple Life Table Runner
The Simple Life Table Runner

ST!: What do you love most about being a quilter?

Serena: I do what I love and this makes me a blessed girl. I’ve had the chance to meet amazing people who share the same passion. The sense of community around the quilting world is something really special to me. That’s why I love teaching—it gives me the chance to get in touch with lovely people!

By the Seaside PillowST!: Finish these sentences for us:

  • One reason making small quilts is so fun is: They are quick to finish! You won’t be haunted by UFOs and guilty feelings about not finishing a project.
  • If I had a three-word quilting mantra, it would be: Relax, enjoy, and keep it easy.
  • My best tip for new quiltmakers is: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Always try your best to achieve the maximum you can, and take care of the details that make all the difference.
  • Before I begin a quilt, I must have: All the fabrics prewashed and pressed!
  • If I had a quilting superpower, it would be: Super-sight for tiny details!

Small WondersThank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Serena!

We’ve got a copy of Small Wonders to give away to one lucky winner today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

What do you like most about little quilts?

• So simple
• So speedy
• So sweet!

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. In bocca al lupo! (That’s Italian for good luck!) And if you’re ready to start a little sewing adventure with Serena today, you can order Small Wonders at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Mary Jo, who says:

“So sweet—adorable minis! Thanks for a chance to win this cute book!  : )”

We’ll email you about your prize, Mary Jo—congratulations!


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