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February 5, 2019
New Lunar Year, New Ambassador Year, New Fabrics, New Colours! from Clever Chameleon

Fabric colours for 2019 at Clever Chameleon Quilting blog

Happy Chinese New Year 2019

Today, Tuesday February 5th, is Chinese New Year and also my 1st Island Batik Ambassiverary. 2019 is Year of the Pig and in the next few weeks we will have several cute piggy appliqués on the blog to celebrate. But first, we get to herald in the New Lunar Year with Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. The Chameleon thinks this is a very good sign for 2019!

pig sculpture
The bronze pig sculptures in our Adelaide CBD. This little piggy is my favourite.

And today is not just any Colour & Inspiration Tuesday either. It is none other than the ...

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January 25, 2019
Path Interrupted - PQ 10.2 from Sew Sunshine

"Path Interrupted"
 is my Project Quilting 10.2 for the 
red, white and blue theme.
20" x 27"
improv pieced
improv walking foot quilting in a woven pattern of organic lines
made in Ne.
I have to admit that red, white and blue are not my favorite combination of colors. I thought about just using 2 colors but I could not think of what I wanted to make for this challenge. In the mean time I was getting the email updates from Amy's creative Side on getting started with Improv. I adore improv and while I have not been ...

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January 18, 2019
Big Sky ~~ a slow quilting finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been working on a small art quilt for a couple of months. 

A stunning sunset here at home reminded me of a picture that I took in Montana on our last vacation. Thank goodness Google photos has a search feature, because even then it takes a while. 

That sunset--the day fading into blue, the streaks of whitish cloud, the navy blue of the impending darkness--held me spellbound until finally the last rays of light melted away. The clouds were floating in front of the blues of the sky and I tried to pick that up with my stitches ...

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November 5, 2018
Gina's Surprise ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Maybe I should name this quilt Mary and Gina's Surprise. I finished the entire quilt in only a few days, so I am surprised.

Gina, however, is the one with the really big surprise. She is expecting a boy mid-January. Gina is my niece and is about 32 years old. She has always said no children, ever. Plus, she has two nephews of her own that she's especially close to. I suppose you could say she helps in raising them and that was enough for her.

But, you know, things can change. A girl in her thirties can ...

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November 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Taking Time Out Teal Bear from Clever Chameleon


Teal Bear of Taking Time Out appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

Today we meet the most chilled out bear of the Beary Colourful family. Please welcome the blue-green Teal Bear of Taking Time Out!

Teal Bear is ready for a holiday. Or a weekend of leisure. Or even just a few hours of unbooked time. He loves taking time out of his busy schedule to smell the roses or shoot the breeze. Today he is in the mood to head down the beach without any particular plan….. build a sand castle, collect some shells, have a paddle, or maybe just get some sand between his toes. Uncomplicated time with a few ...

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October 30, 2018
Succulent Blue-Green: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Succulent Blue-Green color scheme by Clever Chameleon

November is nearly upon us, which means several things…..

  • You need to finish up your Blue-Violet creations before the end of Wednesday and get them linked up to Patterns by Jen for your chance to win a $25 voucher for Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • There are only two sleeps until the 11th Beary Colorful Bear arrives and sneak peeks are in full swing on Facebook.
  • We get to start thinking about my favourite part of the colour wheel… Blue-Green for November.
  • And my boy is nearly 8. Turns out, he is suddenly developing quite the sense of humour….

Even though I haven ...

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October 6, 2018
rainbow catch up from Making A Lather

I rescued last week's mistake blocks for squared away and finished them. I was really challenged by the triangles.

The only color I have left on the tokoyo subway quilt is gray, so I am just going to start with block 1 and move through them finishing them. I have one and two ready to sew. When I sew all the rows in one direction, I have to clip each intersection to sew the other direction.

I am linking to

Oh Scrap

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September 22, 2018
blue trees from Making A Lather

I am a little short for the rainbow scrap challenge. this week. I really didn't take the time to get this week's blocks together. I did get them planned.
I only wanted 2 dark blue blocks for my birch trees. I cut the 12 1/2 in background squares

And I sewed a few strips together for the tree inserts.

I have spent a little time each day sewing hourglass units for orca bay and pieces for my double wedding ring. I am not seeing great progress at this point, but I am moving forward. I am still ...

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September 15, 2018
rainbow tokoyo quilt from Making A Lather

The color for the month of September is dark blue for the rainbow scrap challenge. There is a dark blue as a color listing on the pattern for Tokoyo Subway. But I don't see it in the picture. Dark blue may be too dark. I guess I won't really know until I connect the subways.

 I use a pressing sheet to iron close to the interfacing.

when I add the dark blue, I can add all the white and it will be ready to sew. I had two of them ready to sew this month. It looks like ...

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September 8, 2018
a bit of soul from Making A Lather

I cut the dark blue pieces I needed for soul searching so that I could take them to Friday group with me. I am using 2 1/22 in strips from my scrap drawers.

I was able to sew it together before I spent time piecing my double wedding ring. This is the last block I need for the quilt. Well at least that is the plan. After I put it together, I may think I want it bigger.
Dark blue is the rainbow scrap challenge color for September.

I am linking to

Oh Scrap

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September 6, 2018
Pin It Weekly #254 (Surprise!) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

"These Pins got you 18,533 impressions in the last 7 days! Be sure to claim your website and create Pins daily to grow the reach of your content on Pinterest."
So that little note got my attention. I'm not certain what 18,000 impressions might be exactly, but it can't be bad. I've looked at this email, which arrives once a week, every now and again. I wasn't impressed. For the most part my Pinterest and this blog work together and somehow generate about 5,000 impressions weekly. 
Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: Harley Davidson customer memory quilt

Yeah, 18 is a big number. Well ...

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August 31, 2018
Patriotic Vote…A FREE Pattern! from Gray Barn Designs

Hi!  It’s Cindy hosting our blog today from the great State of Ohio!

Sandy and I are excited to offer another FREE pattern from our “Patriotic Quilt Series”.

It’s a cute mini wall hanging reminding everyone to be sure and vote during this (and future) election seasons.


This mini is pieced using 1.5 inch squares and half square triangles.  We added a few rectangles to outline the letters and then a few additional white strips to surround our red, white, blue and gold masterpiece.  We used a black border to create a “picture frame” around the quilt ...

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August 21, 2018
Fabric of Nepal – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Nepal Colours color scheme at Clever Chameleon

Gifts from Nepal

At times my husband travels overseas for work. One of the conditions of him being granted domestic leave to do so is that he brings back something interesting from the country(s) he’s visited. </p>
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July 24, 2018
White Christmas in July meets Colour Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

White Christmas quilt color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July blog hop. And, since it’s Tuesday, its also our weekly Colour Inspiration Tuesday link up party. Merry Christmas-in-July!

Island Batik challenge July Today I can show you my new Christmas quilt in full! This quilt is also my Island Batik Ambassador project for July. I do hope you’ll like it, it is going to be a very welcome addition to our family’s Christmas decor this year. I’ll finish telling you its story today as well , after having to leave you hanging a bit yesterday.

And I know all this Christmas excitement ...

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July 23, 2018
Secondary Pattern Quilt Challenge – Progress Report from Clever Chameleon

appliquéd snowflake

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! I’m soooooo excited!!

It really feels like Christmas in my sewing room today! I think I just gave myself the best present ever. ….. 

Did you ever have that feeling of intensely looking forward to Christmas because you knew you were getting that present that you’ve always wanted? But then there was also a little bit of trepidation that that “ultimate” present wouldn’t live up to your expectations? And then Christmas finally arrives and the present is even better than you’d hoped for, and the elation is enormous? You can tell ...

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July 17, 2018
Mallee Ringneck Parrot: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Mallee Ringneck Parrot color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Hello!! We are back safely from the Outback.

Which means I have internet and phone coverage again. And that means that I will be slowly catching up on all your lovely comments and seeing what everyone else has been doing on their blogs recently. Being off grid is nice for a while, but quilting is really quite a socially centred pursuit, don’t you think?

The technical isolation of the Outback does have an upside…. for me, heading bush is a time of mental clearing, and of gathering fresh inspiration. Space and time to think and muse over possibilities. Usually ...

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June 26, 2018
Color Master Box of the Month: Fresh Water from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, lovely fabric lovers!

Fresh Water  mood board

I can feel that sea breeze already… summer is finally here! Time to bring out the pool floaties, mouth-watering popsicles, and the refreshing drinks. My favorite part of summer is just wearing shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops all day. This is the time of year to take advantage of the sunny rays and relax by the beach, pool, and enjoy the water-parks. All these places have one thing in common- fresh water. So for this month, I thought it would be appropriate to choose this alluring “Color Master Box” in the Fresh Water Edition. In the ...

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June 12, 2018
The Red Buoy – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

The Red Buoy color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Colours good enough for Paul Signac are good enough for me!

On the weekend I was treated for my birthday with a ticket to the current exhibition at our state art gallery. This exhibition has my name all over it – it is called “Colours of Impressionism”. A collection of masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition shows the progressive use of colour over time by Impressionist and then Neo-Impressionist painters.

The Red Buoy (La bouée rouge) was painted by Paul Signac in 1895. It is one of the attention grabbers of the Colours of Impressionism exhibition and is featured ...

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June 11, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sea Glass from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

my pot of succulents and sea glass
Several weeks ago, I discovered a few 
bags of sea glass in the studio. I used them to decorate a pot of succulents. After doing so, I realized how much I love the colors. 

The light blue/green is my favorite and I've decided to use it in our bedroom and bathroom. We'll be quite some time before getting to the stage of choosing paint and accessories, but I think I have my colors already.

a close up

To that end, sea glass has been on my brain. Of course, I ...

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June 9, 2018
Stolen: ZigZag Through the Garden Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Please help Melanie Testa find this two sided, hand printed ZigZag Through the Garden quilt. There are some commercial prints on the back, but most of the fabrics are of her own printed creation of reds, yellows and blues. The quilt measures 68″ x 75″
Melanie’s quilt was made in 2017, machine pieced and machine quilted and is not labeled. It was last seen during the winter of 2017/18. Of the quilt Melanie says, “I made this two sided quilt and gained its entry into two well loved magazines, International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene 2017 and Fons and ...

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