I am delighted to be taking part in another of Madame Samm's inspiring Blog Hops. This time round our super-efficient cheerleader is Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, now that is a sentiment I can relate to :)
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When I signed up for this Blog Hop I thought that I hadn't actually completed many projects that were flower-related, but it turns out that I am more of a floral girl than I realised. I hope my DH is taking note of that as it is our wedding anniversary today, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am not the only member of the family "saying it with flowers" today :)
So here are some of the flower-themed projects I had forgotten about
The flower back of the summer quilt made for the Curved Seams Challenge blogged here
Origami fabric flowers from a tutorial and kit by Knotted Cotton
1. Completed Fabric bag, 2. Colourful Clutch, 3. Pretty Purple Pinafore, 4. Amy Butler Origami bags, 5. Summertime Blues Bag, 6. Garden party bag, 7. Hearts and Flowers Bag, 8. Marimekko Highbrow Hobo Bag, 9. Ruffled wristlet clutch
Lots of floral bags!
1. Beaded wirework brooch, 2. Linen and scrap pouches, 3. Mae's Tulip, 4. Star of Africa Block 1, 5. Crochet Flowers, 6. Fleur Bleu
Bee blocks and brooches.
My favourite flower projects though have been the Dresden plate Sunflowers that started as cushions
Then progressed to a quilt
And now as my project for the Say it with Flowers Blog Hop have been incorporated into a bag :)
I know it is not yellow, so technically not a sunflower, but you get my drift. The fabric for the body of this bag came from this pair of my son's shorts!
Regular readers know by now that my sons and husband's wardrobes are frequently raided for my projects :) The ripped shorts were no use to him, but the cotton/linen mix fabric was ideal for my bag body.
I used the Scalloped Dresden Bag pattern available free at During Quiet Time for the bag, and was delighted with how easily it all went together. The fabric for the scallops was part of a package I received from the lovely Jan in a Friendship Bag Swap, so it was a very economical bag to make.
My version of the bag is slightly different from the original pattern as I wanted to have interchangeable bag straps, rather than the cross-body fabric straps of the original. So, instead of adding straps I added a strap loop with a split ring to each side of the bag. The heavier strap above is actually a necklace that had a broken catch, whilst the lighter chain in the first photo was an extra chain that came with a clutch bag bought in a sale. Very little goes to waste in our household :)
Now that I have my flower bag all I need is the opportunity to go out somewhere smart with it. Fingers crossed that as well as saying it with flowers, DH takes the hint and will be whisking us off somewhere nice to celebrate this evening!
Don't forget to check out all the inspiring posts from fellow Blog Hoppers today at
There will be loads of amazing projects for you to drool over I am sure!
If you have used a Dresden ruler or made a bag for the first time this month, or tried anything new to you this month there is still time to link up to
Linking up to
Happy anniversary, hope himself says it with flowers!ReplyDelete
What a striking bag, Fiona!!! Love the scallops for the flap. Does the Dresden plate finish at the top or does it continue over the back? Happy Anniversary and enjoy dinner out tonight if it eventuates!!!ReplyDelete
Great group of flowers!! the bag is so very cute!!ReplyDelete
Great bag, Fiona! You are certainly creative, as I already know! Happy Anniversary too!ReplyDelete
Very nice bag, dresdens make wonderful flowers.ReplyDelete
You have been busy! Great projects.ReplyDelete
You have created a beautiful flower garden of projects. I love the Dresden sunflower cushions and quilt. The new bag is lovely! What a wonderful use of found and gift materials. The interchangeable strap is a very good idea. May you and your hubby have a happy anniversary! ... :) PatReplyDelete
Wonderful projects! I hope you and your new bag were treated to a lovely night out - Happy Anniversary! Isn't it amazing? I didn't think I was much of a flower girl either...until I started looking over my past projects...LOLReplyDelete
Oh I love the origami flowers - so prettyReplyDelete
Lovely bag! Great to see your earlier flowers creations too!ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary and hope you and your lovely bag have a great day! Thank you for sharing all of you flower projects.ReplyDelete
very cute bag, and happy anniversary :-)ReplyDelete
Wonderful projekts, I like the sunflowers !ReplyDelete
Greatings from Germany!
I am sitting here at my breakfast table, drooling over your origami flowers. Love them.ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! Your bag is really lovely - what a great idea to have interchangeable straps and use a necklace for one. Hope you and your bag go off on a lovely date!ReplyDelete
Love those origami fabric flowers! Your dresdan flower bag is wonderful!!ReplyDelete
Love the bag! Great way to "upcycle" the shorts. :)ReplyDelete
Firstly happy anniversary to you both - I hope your flowers have arrived!!!ReplyDelete
I love your flowery projects - my favourites are the dresden cushion and your bag!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing all your lovely projects. I love your bagReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! Love the dresden bag! Great idea for upcycling!ReplyDelete
Now that`s a great bag! Super fabric choices.ReplyDelete
Your projects are all great, but I really love that bag!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous projects on display here.ReplyDelete
Sunflowers are beautiful!ReplyDelete
I like sunflowers, or dresden plates. <:-)ReplyDelete
Just beautiful in your new bag. ( used jeans are wonderful to make bags from, don't you agree? )
All your bags are great ! You have done a lot of flowery things. Happy anniversary, I hope you get flowers and dinner and a movie, or better yet diamonds !!!!ReplyDelete
What a pretty bag!ReplyDelete
Have a great celebration! Looks like you really are a 'bag lady' at heart. Love the sunflower quilt too!ReplyDelete
Your bags are adorable. I like how your used your son's shorts, cute touch. All your projects are wonderful.ReplyDelete
First--Happy Anniversary and I hope you get flowers, and go somewhere to show of your pretty bag. I love all your flowers.ReplyDelete
First of all, Happy Anniversary, Fiona! I loved seeing all your flowering creations but especially your most recent one. Dresdens and bags plus repurposing clothing? What a clever girl you are! Glad you could join in the hop again.ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary...I hope there are some flowers arriving at your house today. All your flower projects are amazing! I love the origami flowers and that bag is just too cute. What a great way to recycle things! Thanks for hopping with us today. :O)ReplyDelete
How I love that pillow and happy anniversary my dear....you chose such bright colours..so reflective of your lovely heartReplyDelete
I love Dresdan Plate pattern and your are beautiful projects..ReplyDelete
I love those origami flowers! Your flowers are all delightful. Thanks for sharing them with us.ReplyDelete
I love dresden sunflowers! great job.ReplyDelete
What a great bag and using the shorts was great too.ReplyDelete
Great bag..... I love how you repurposed the shorts and the necklace!ReplyDelete
You have been very busy. Love all your projects. What a great idea using this Dresden fir the bagReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing
Love the shorts for the body of the bag. They are probably just the right weight to make a great bag. You did have a lot of floral projects. Very nice projects.ReplyDelete
I love sunflowers and your Dresden plates are very nice, indeed!ReplyDelete
Beautiful projects .-9
love your Origami fabric flowers the purse is cute too. nice projects wonderful jobReplyDelete
I love your flowers, the Dresden plate bag is gorgeous! all the other projects shown are super too! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
So many fun projects. I love your new bag. I love that you upcycled man pants with such a girly bag.ReplyDelete
So many great projects. Thanks for sharing and for showing us your new purse. Clever use of the dresden plate, which still remains one of my favorite patterns.ReplyDelete
Creative, and very niceReplyDelete
What a wonderful bag, and so creative...recycling! I love the origami flowers, and will have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing all the info!ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt and bag! :DReplyDelete
I admire all of your Dresden Plate projects! And very clever to add that one to the bag.ReplyDelete
Love your Projects- thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot comReplyDelete
All of your flower projects are so pretty!ReplyDelete
I also love the idea of reusing worn clothing and other fabric items when possible. Good for you!!!
Really thrifty ideas with brilliant results!ReplyDelete
Love all your flower projects. The Dresden plate bag is lovely and I'm going to pop over and get the pattern as it's just what I'm looking for.ReplyDelete
Love your Dresden purse. Great job. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful bag! I hope you did get taken out somewhere wonderful to show it off! :-)ReplyDelete
Love your Dresden Plates. Beautiful work.ReplyDelete
I really love the Dresden purse! Thanks for the link. I'll be making it for sure. I enjoyed seeing all your flower projects.ReplyDelete
I really liked that Dresden purse. Good job!ReplyDelete
All of your pass flower creations are lovely and I really love the Dresden bag. Very excellent work on all.ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary to you and your DH! You know,not all Sunflowers are yellow,some of mine are a dark burgundy shade. Love,love,love,your new bag and have pinned it so I can make one of my own :) Thank you for sharing the link.ReplyDelete
hehe, hope some anniversary flowers found there way to you today :) I love how you say you are more of a flower girl than you realized, I think I am that way with the color pink. I tell everyone I don't like pink very much, but it keeps working it's way into my sewing :) You have so many great floral projects, but my favorites are the sunflower projects. you found a fantastic way to reuse the fabric from those old shorts!ReplyDelete
Love that dresden bag! Just lovely.ReplyDelete
Oh I love sunflowers. Your quilt is marvelous. I like the bag too. Happy Anniversary!ReplyDelete
Love the sunflowers and the bag is fabulous- what a great idea!ReplyDelete
Love the dresdens, they make very pretty sunflowers. Love how the bag turned out, very nice.ReplyDelete
What a lovely unique idea to have interchangable straps on your purse! It's a cutey and cute in pink as well as your go-to yellow!!ReplyDelete
Amazing projects. I've never tried dresden,but after seeing your bag, that might just be the inspiration I need! It is terrific. Thanks for the link and for sharing your pretty projects.ReplyDelete
you've made some gorgeous floral projects, some of them I hadn't seen before. Love the bag,what a great ideaReplyDelete
So many flower projects - and all wonderful! I think I like that dresden bag best of all :)ReplyDelete
Your bag is so cute and every one of your flower projects so beautiful.ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing.
Love the bag. I always feel good when I find a second use for something. Your straps make it very unique too.ReplyDelete
Lots of inspiration in this post, and I love the bag and the strap changing idea, very clever.ReplyDelete
Lindo trabalho! Adorei.ReplyDelete
Lots of pretty projects with flowers Fiona. Awesome bag, I just love how you upcycle clothes to find the perfect fabric for your projects.ReplyDelete
Happy belated anniversary. I hope you had a great day.