Trying My Hand At Smalls

Smalls; I first heard the word used by fellow crafter Margaret who is linked in with the Hand Quilt Along group I joined a little over a year ago. She is an amazing seamstress, quilter, cross stitcher, crafter in general. She lives in Yorkshire, UK and not only does she craft but also hikes her countryside and takes me on amazing journeys crisscrossing her gorgeous country. You can learn about Margaret here:

As I said, I had never heard the word smalls or associated it with tiny cross stitch creations until I began following Margaret’s blog. Please stop in and take a look at May’s beauty’s created by Margaret.

I had picked up a small cross-stitched sampler in a ‘goodness gracious awful frame’ at my local Goodwill some time back. I instantly removed it from the frame, throwing it away before thinking I would wish I had taken a picture of it for you (before and after shot)  I had just thought I would replace the frame with something simple and natural to bring out the beauty of the artists work. May’s inspirations by Margaret changed my mind and I quickly went to work. With the front already stitched – and beautifully, I used one of the leftover quilt block squares I had from ‘Velma’s Quilt’ for my backing.

Velma’s Quilt 


My very first small measuring 4 1/2″ X 6″



A quick look at youtube for a refresher on crochet borders completed this. I can see how I should have used a matching thread to the yarn instead of using the peach thread matching the backing.


I think it’s still adorable and will make a sweet gift to go along with a birthday card.

I see “smalls” in my future!


10 thoughts on “Trying My Hand At Smalls

    • nwpaintedlady May 4, 2019 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you, Margaret ~ your right, I am craving more ‘smalls’


  1. Texas Quilter May 4, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    Sharon – you did a great job on the Small! I signed up for receiving Mary’s posts! There is just not enough time for all the hobbies i would love to do! But you did great on this! Hugs

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    • nwpaintedlady May 4, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks, Nanette – this sure was fun and I think I am addicted (as Margaret said) but your so right, how can I fit this into all the other projects? oy vey 🙂


  2. KerryCan May 4, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    And here she goes, down another rabbit hole! LOL–this turned out so well! I can see why more of them call your name!


  3. nwpaintedlady May 4, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    Kerry, I stumbled, then tumbled down this hole! More for sure is in my future 🙂


  4. Deb May 5, 2019 / 12:19 am

    Brilliant idea to go with a b- card or any card to someone special! It’s so lovely!

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