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February 19, 2019
Pigs Might Fly! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Talk to the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting

Show Your Wings Blog Hop

When Carol from Just Let Me Quilt announced there was a new blog hop coming up in February, I did my usual mental dance with myself. Mature Me said “Nope, you’ve got too many more urgent important things on your plate”. Optimist Me said “But I’ll just do something little…. I’ll squeeze it in”. Mature Me said “Pigs might fly!”. And Stick It to Mature Me Me said “Oooooh….. pigs might fly – that’d fit the theme! Hahahahaha”.

The thought of doing a Pigs Might Fly appliqué motif based on my balloon ...

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February 12, 2019
Dancing a Jig to a little Ditty: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Ditty fabrics from Island Batik colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Introducing Ditty

Ditty is the name of one of Island Batik’s latest fabric releases. The colours are as cute as their name… Kind of a pastelly sunset. Actually, I don’t easily recognise them as pastels but I guess that is what they really are, since they are nowhere near colour-saturated. Is there such things as bright pastels? If there wasn’t, there is now.

I received 10″ precut squares of Ditty and two pieces of yardage from the collection in my Island Batik Ambassador allowance. I hope you have been following along and already know what I am ...

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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 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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January 22, 2019
Gingerbread Inspiration: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Gingerbread Snow globe cupcake colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Sometimes it’s not about the colours….. (*shock*, I know!). Sometimes, an idea is so awesome, it would grab me in any colour. Today’s inspiration photo from rawpixel on has me reeling with possibilities in both the kitchen and in the sewing room! All I did was type “gingerbread” into the search bar of Unsplash, and my world changed forever!

OK, so it’s probably not really quite that drastic, but there is definitely some fun to be had here!

Getaway bog hop with Island Batik

While I process my newest ideas, and decide whether the gingerbread cupcake snow globe quilt squirrel is ...

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January 15, 2019
Paisley Park – Colour and Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Are you ready for a trip to Paisley Park?

“Got your hat? Where’s your water bottle? Have you put sunscreen on?”…. Those are the questions of the day here….. 41C (105.8F) and UV index 13! Or perhaps where you are, a trip to the park requires a different sort of hat…. and a coat and scarf and boots….

Photo by Doug Kelley on Unsplash in similar colours to Paisley Park
If Paisley Park was a place, I reckon it would look like this…..

Depending on your perspective, Paisley Park may be either a cool relief from the summer heat or a bright spot in a cold day. Thankfully a trip ...

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January 8, 2019
Peacock Parade: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Peacock Parade colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

Colour Inspiration Tuesday is back! There are New Fabrics in town! And there are Prizes to win!

Welcome to back to our Colour & Inspiration Tuesday routine with my most favourite inspiration of all! New batik fabrics!

It’s that time of year when the newest fabrics fluff up their feathers and put on their most extravagant of courting performances, targeting your hearts and your wallets for a new nest to live in. Fair warning – there are a lot of new pretties out there, and their covet-factor is sky high. Allow these hard-to-cut-into fabrics to come to roost at your place ...

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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 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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December 4, 2018
Tired Teddy Labyrinth: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Tired Teddy Rainbow colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

Better late than never, right? It’s a few days overdue, but my November Island Batik challenge quilt is finished. 

rainbow Clever Chameleon logo

The Chameleon is Back. In full Colour!

It is really nice to be presenting a rainbow quilt today – after two fun but black and white posts. I do truly love the drama of a good black and white quilt or the cuteness of a panda appliqué. But black and white is not my natural go to for a finished quilt, whereas the Island Batik Paisley Dots batik collection is totally within my comfort zone. 

What’s not to love about ...

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November 27, 2018
It’s Black and White: no-Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

black and white parrot color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Have you noticed how an absence of colour can bring out the drama and depth in a picture or design?

And emphasise all the details? I am one of the biggest colour lovers out there, but I also recognise that colour can sometimes be a distraction from the other features of a fantastic design.

Seeing something in black and white really helps to distil the important elements out of a picture, don’t you think? What is it about the subject that makes its form distinctive and recognisable? Where are the contrasts and shadows that give the subject that “wow ...

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November 20, 2018
Tired Teddy Quilt Top: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Tired Teddy colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

This Kwiltin’ Koala had a big week and an even bigger weekend!

I know just how she feels! Last week I had the excitement and privilege of submitting my first finished magazine quilt pattern. I can’t wait til it gets to press and I can tell you more. Woo hoo! And then I had a weekend of two Scouting activities with the kids and my brother’s 40th birthday party! So this fuzzy cutey is not the only Australian on the hunt for a comfy place to nap today.

Having said that….. I still managed to finish my log ...

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November 13, 2018
Lily Pad Leap: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Lilypad leap

I have a pesky quilt squirrel idea stuck in my head!

That’s probably not a big surprise to you, I know. But it is a persistent little vermin of an idea that keeps reoccurring like heartburn and I don’t have time right now to explore it. Instead, I keep allocating it a dodgy neuron in a bad neighbourhood of my brain in the hope that it will get forgotten.  But to no avail.

Do you ever get creative ideas that just won’t go away?


This picture by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash is the latest in a string ...

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November 6, 2018
Pick a Pumpkin Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Pumpkin colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

The Pick A Pumpkin blog hop is here!

Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks has organised you yet another fantastic blog hop. This time around the theme is pumpkins…. big pumpkins, small pumpkins, friendly pumpkins, mean ones….. Ok, so she didn’t really give explicit permission to quilt nasty pumpkins, but she did say any quilt, any size – so long as it has a pumpkin on it somewhere. 


Pumpkin Stack color scheme from Clever Chameleon

I really like pumpkins for decorative purposes – so many colours, shapes and textures! Like many Northern Hemisphere seasonal traditions, this is not really a thing we do well in Australia. But I ...

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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 23, 2018
Peacock Batik: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Peacock Feather Batik color scheme at Clever Chameleon

This week I’m crushing on  November’s fabric!

How do you like this peacock feather batik? Glorious, isn’t it? At least, it is to me. I bought this on a whim a while back, knowing that November’s Beary Colourful Bear would be teal.

2018 color challengeTeal is hands down my favourite colour. So I probably had stash I could have used for November’s teal challenge…. But. I love peacock feathers and this fabric had my name on it. I know at the time it was an impulse buy, and I had other priorities….. but I’m totally wondering ...

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October 16, 2018
Paper Piecing Adventures: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Dragonfly rainbow color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Do you ever go back and revisit quilt ideas?

I often mean to, but it rarely happens. There is always a new quilty squirrel I can chase. But this month I am actually dusting off an old idea and the last of my Island Batik Victoria and Albert fabric scraps for the latest Ambassador challenge. I’ve had a plan for a while, it just needed its turn in the sun.

Island Batik October themeThe Island Batik Ambassador theme for October is paper piecing…. foundation piecing, freezer paper piecing or English paper piecing….. our choice. Generally, I would say that I enjoy the ...

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October 9, 2018
My Happy Place Row Along Show and Tell Day from Clever Chameleon

Panda Friends colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to the My Happy Place Show and Tell Colour Inspiration Tuesday Day!

Today is the last day of the “My Happy Place” row-along and blog hop – the Show and Tell Day. This is the day where a few of the “My Happy Place” blog hoppers come back for an encore….. to show you how they finished their rows (or multiple rows) into usable quilted items.

Being Myself with You appliqué by Clever ChameleonI have finished my “Being Myself with You” row into a wall hanging with a small extra border and some free-motion embroidery. The My Happy Place embroidery template is included in today’s post ...

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October 2, 2018
Blossom Batiks Splash: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Blossom Batiks Splash color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Teal with red-violet and blue-violet. Now I’m inspired!

Have you seen these recent fabrics from RJR Fabrics? Today’s colour board is created from this really beautiful subset of the current RJR Blossom Batiks – Splash collection. Aren’t they glorious?

These colours are consuming a lot of my attention at the moment. Hopefully you’ve caught up with yesterday’s release of the tenth bear in the Beary Colourful BOM…. and saw the blue-violet RJR fabrics used there.  Of course, September’s bear was red-violet. And November’s will be teal. But that’s not where my current obsession ...

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September 25, 2018
Wishing Star: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Wishing Star colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

How the blazes did it get to Tuesday again?

No matter. That just means it’s time to party again! Woo hoo, I love this time I set aside each week  to really delve into what others have been up to.

On my side of the fence…… there has been much quilty activity in my sewing room. Sadly, most of it can’t be revealed to you just yet. But I did make a bookmark we can talk about. </p>
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