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September 6, 2019
Still Solving the Mystery from TheEclecticAbuela

I've almost completed the mystery from Kevin the Quilter.

This is only a part of the top, but I'll get a better picture when it is done. I'm calling it Cherry Mash after the Missouri-based candy.
Click photo to learn more about Cherry Mash

If you would like to make Kevin's pattern, the clues can be found HERE. Thanks to Kevin for the summer fun!

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August 17, 2019
Mystery Time from TheEclecticAbuela

As I mentioned last time, my pink scrap bins are full, so when Kevin the Quilter announced this mystery in two colors, I knew one of those colors would be pink.

I chose to pair it with brown--another color of which I have an overabundance.  In the first two clues, we made four-patches.

I did a mystery with Kevin last year with this result.

I'm looking forward to the next clue!

I'm also working on another project that I can't show yet, and I'm putting together more scraps for donation quilts. It is, however, time for ...

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July 30, 2019
Cozy Colors For Fall from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

You may not be able to see it just yet, but autumn is on its way. It’s going to creep in, sweep you off your feet and leave you to wonder where summer has gone. Don’t worry though, you aren’t missing anything with summer soon gone, you are just simply awaiting the next amazing thing. Welcome the season that awakens all the senses! Feel the wind, taste the cider, smell the spices, hear the rustling of the leaves, and see the colors change. Best of all… this is the season to break out all the quilts!

We ...

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July 9, 2019
The Organized Quilter from Repro Quilt Lover

Let me begin by saying this is an aspirational post. I am not an organized quilter or an organized anything, really. But, I need an organized system to accomplish what makes me happy; maybe you can relate.

I am going to assume if you are reading this blog you like to quilt. And, therefore, are probably a creative person — a “creative type.” Generally, we creative types are free spirits, which doesn’t translate well into focus, planning and organization. But, if I give in to the free spirit and let it run my days, those days are ruled by a ...

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January 29, 2019
Those Crazy Aussies: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Jacana colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi!

This past weekend was our national holiday long weekend, with Australia Day on Saturday (the 26th and a Monday public holiday). So it only seems fitting to have a look at a few things uniquely Australian today.

Koala tangram appliqué at Clever Chameleon

The bird in our colour board today is a jacana. Like all Australian animals it is a little on the unique side, verging on eccentric. A bit like the critters on my Wild Things quilt. And it occurs to me, I never did get around to posting photoshoot pictures of my finished Wild Things Australian Tangram quilt ...

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December 23, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: neutrals from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been working on a couple of projects. All of them use neutrals so I've been had neutrals on my mind for the past week. Well, neutrals and Christmas--there's a conflicting proposition. I suppose one sort of offset the other because I wasn't all antsy and worried about getting everything ready. In fact, we have a wedding in Houston tomorrow and other than to clean house, shop, and finish up gift wrapping, I haven't been worried at all.

The Best Sherwin-Williams Neutral Paint ColorsThe Best Neutral Paint Colors | - The best neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore with cool grays, warm grays, whites, and darks to create a designer palette for your home.

Stonewashed Belgian Linen Satin Stitch Bedding Collection.... the full/queen size duvet in the Mist color with matching shams

39+ Guest bedroom decor ideas - neutral gray, modern, simple luxuryLight French gray SW

Neutral quilts
Neutral quilt bed by a²(w) - asquaredw - Ali, via Flickr

Low volume quilt, blue and gray quilt, simple patchwork quiltModern gray and white neutrals quilt - Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog

True Neutral quilt by Lynette Anderson

grey goose full front

gray and white. Would look good with gray and nearly any colorThis is the newest beyond the reef pattern!Mochi is a great easy pattern.Sample shown is with Jen Kingwell fabrics.20 x 60 and 60 x 60 sizes included.

Plus quilt by stitch-by-stitch

Black and white pop quilt

I had a vision for this quilt that I wanted something light and airy that reminded me of fresh white laundry hanging on a clothesline – lots of whites and light greys and nothing else. There …

There was another SQI on neutrals back in 2014. I hope you enjoy!
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December 18, 2018
The Scoop: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Wombat Scoop colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

The Scoop on The World’s Strangest Poop!

My daughter wants me to sew appliqué poop onto my latest quilt.

Yup. You just read that. And it’s totally true. My 10 year old daughter is on a mission to have scat immortalised on the quilt I am making for her younger brother. And what is possibly even more astonishing – my 8 year old son has declined the offer.

wombat tangram appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

In my daughter’s defense, it is an animal quilt. And the poop she wants on the quilt is very specific. Wombat scat! And she has a pretty good reason……

Wombat ...

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December 15, 2018
Wild Things Island Batik Ambassador Quilt from Clever Chameleon

Wild Things Tangram Quilt by Dione of Clever Chameleon

Wild Thing(s), You Make My Heart Sing!

Ok, so that line’s been done before… Even for this exact fabric collection, by at least one other Island Batik Ambassador. But my quilt is covered in Whimsical Wild Things and this project does truly make me happy. So I’m subjecting to you to the obvious earworm  anyway!

Wild Thing! Bah da da da dah! You make my heart sing! Bah da da da dah! You make eeeeverything Grooooooo-veeeey!

Whimsical and Wonky Challenge button

But I’m not just here to torture you with old rock tunes. I promised you a progress update and a ...

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December 11, 2018
Wild Things: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Tiger colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

December at Island Batik is Whimsical and Wonky….. and Wild!

The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors for this month is Whimsical and Wonky. Well, that pretty much sums up all my quilts…. so would you believe I had the hardest time settling on an idea for this challenge? The hardest time!

But I now have a plan I’m happy with. And I’ve started! I think it should be fun. </p>
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September 24, 2018
Bipolar 3: Balance {an art quilt series} Quilt Festival version from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Number three in my series of art quilts exploring strategies for dealing with Bipolar Disorder is my favorite thus far, so I decided to write another post explaining the art piece.

Finding balance in life is especially important to a patient with BD because we tend to express emotion in extremes. Mania is the euphoria that we feel when everything is good. Depression is the polar opposite, so it's those hurtful, negative feelings that occur when life hands us a few hard knocks. 

People with BD tend to feel their emotions on a grand, out-of-proportion scale. What is a ...

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August 17, 2018
Missing: Jungle Fever Triangles Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Pam Brennaman, a quilter in Clearwater, Florida made this 48″ x 54″ dark brown and jungle prints pieced quilt for her brother in law. It was shipped it to him in Oklahoma City, OK, and the  shipper reported it delivered on August 13, 2018, earlier than expected, at 9 AM.  By 10 AM the quilt was missing.  The quilt is labeled with the following:

To Mark Brennaman
Much love
Pam Brennaman
Clearwater FL
August 2018

The label is written with marker on a triangle attached under the binding to a corner of quilt backing, in a corner. Pam says ...

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July 21, 2018
Bipolar 3: Balanced {an art quilt series} finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The third in the series is complete, wellmaybe. I haven't decided exactly how I want to add the final touches and the label. Otherwise, it's done. 

Here's the problem, as I work on the series, things come to me and, because I want all of the pieces to have some of the same elements, I can't seem to finish any of them. 

But I'm stopping on this one for now. At least until I decide on those things that have come and I don't know what to do with them.

On this quilt ...

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July 10, 2018
Cleaning Rewards~~a fast finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have I told you I've been cleaning in the studio? I have mentioned it, I'm sure. Truthfully, I think I'm mostly moving things around. And not necessarily advancing toward a cleaner studio. I don't know what to do with this stuff! Really, I don't. 

Here's the problem: I unearth stuff--fabric, patterns, UFOs, etc.--and look it over. It's almost always too good to toss out. I mean, I don't keep trash. But I also don't intend to use it. Ever. For example, I have over 50 Butterick patterns. Over, I tell ...

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May 27, 2018
Ninja Turtle Quilt believed sold for drugs in North Dakota from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Andrea is asking for help in locating a quilt she made for her 7 year old nephew, Toby. Andrea made a bear paw style large twin sized quilt of green, tan, red, orange, blue, purple and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fabrics for the front and back of the quilt. The quilt is machine pieced in a bear paw quilt pattern and machine quilted with a label which reads, “Cowabunga, Dude!” with washing instructions and “Handmade by Andrea Waagen, 2016”
Andrea reports the quilt was last seen “between then end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 in the vicinity of ...

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April 11, 2018
Another Leader and Ender Donation Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

I tried a different layout with this one (#9 of the project). It is also only two colors which is something I rarely do. For me, the more different fabrics, the better!

Two-Rail Fence Donation Quilt (62" x 74")

Two-Rail Fence (detail)

Two-Rail Fence (backing and binding detail)

I do like the simple effect of only two colors. Sometimes it is good to push your own boundaries a bit!

Previous leader and ender donation quilts can be found HERE.

I am linking to Fiber Tuesday 152 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction: Whatever Wednesday.

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April 10, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Vintage Port Adelaide from Clever Chameleon

Vintage Inspiration from an Adventure Day to Historic Port Adelaide

On the weekend, our Joey Scouts (6-8yo) had a transport-themed adventure day. We went on a bus, then a tram, then a train, then a boat. Then we went to the Aviation Museum to look at planes, and finally took two more trains back. I don’t know about the kids, but by the time we got home, I was exhausted!

Vintage Port Adelaide color scheme by Clever Chameleon

The major destinations of our day were located in historic Port Adelaide, one of the oldest parts of our city. Since the Island Batik Ambasador challenge for April is ...

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March 27, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: April is Orange from Clever Chameleon

Fire Orange color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Colour Inspiration Tuesday: The next Colour in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge is Orange.

This year at Clever Chameleon, the colour of the month is defined as our monthly focus colour in Jen Shaffer’s Monthly Color Challenge and blog hop. And with April nearly here, our thoughts are now turning to orange.

overwhelming orange mosaic

Orange is the colour of many things that I value very highly. Orange is associated with enthusiasm and fascination. Also, determination and encouragement, creativity, success, health and freedom. If that is not enough, orange symbolises balance and enjoyment too. That is one impressive list. By rights, orange ...

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December 26, 2017
On Ringo Lake--Part 5 from TheEclecticAbuela

The geese are once again flying over Ringo Lake!

In honor of Christmas, I give you Roast Geese.

Browned and delicious!

Note the nice dark color--our earlier geese were not yet roasted.

Unroasted Geese!

I'm loving the browns--I think there are more brown quilts in my future.

As a special treat, I'm providing a link to a tutorial on Roast Goose--our traditional Christmas dinner--in this case, presented by a guest chef. Just click on the chef's picture to see the video.

Christmas Roast Goose

From my home to yours, a very Happy Christmas!

I ...

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December 1, 2017
Giant Hexagons Quilt from Quilting Stories

Giant hexagons

Half hexies

Half hexies

So happy to start again a new project after 10 months disability! The good thing is that I had all my time to mentally prepare it! So I had decided for this new quilt to only use fabrics from my stash, choosing my favorite hues (pink, blue and brown), among my reproduction fabrics.

I assemble hexagons, using the half hexie technique. It's a very quick and efficient method. I will write a tutorial in a next post.

This early stage is quite encouraging, I am very pleased with the appearance of these hexagons on my design board...


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October 16, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: pun'kin from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Pumpkins are the gourd of the day at this time of year. I saw a family at Walmart pushing a buggy with five or six huge pumpkins and a net-bag with lots of small fake ones. But with Thanksgiving and Halloween coming along very rapidly, it's time to find a few. 

If you're going to decorate with pumpkins, you should at least know the different kinds!
Curious about why I wrote pun'kin rather than pumpkin? My daddy said the word that way, and he sometimes called us girls pun'kin. With eight daughters, he said it fairly often, so when I hear the word, I think of his pet name for us. E ...

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