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July 16, 2019
Always Choose Tropical: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Always Choose Tropical colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Always Choose Tropical

I am slowly working through a huge backlog of blog-relevant news and quilty happenings! I can’t believe July has been such a huge month, it certainly wasn’t forecast that way. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention! Anyway, we’re halfway in, and I still need to post two Love with a Twist patterns (aiming for one on Friday), an unboxing post for Island Batik (next week), and a number of other smaller things I’m messing around with.

But before all that, I really want to give you the lowdown on the Chameleon ...

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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 6, 2019
colour and contrast [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

colour and contrast

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colour and contrasts, stitching when I can from Karen Ann Ruane

There are lots of pictures today. I have been snatching stitching time in between all the goings...

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January 17, 2019
colours [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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August 28, 2018
A portrait created with line from Claire Passmore

Following on from my last blog, this is the second of my 16 inch square quilts made in my 'Works inspired by artists' series for the group '12 by the Dozen'.  This time the artist chosen was Wilhelmina Barnes Graham, chosen by Linda Bilsborrow, and what a great choice it was. You can find out more about her by clicking here.
Below is a tiny taste of her work.
The inspiration for this next quilt comes from my study of her drawings, and in particular, her 'Line' series. One of my favourites is titled 'Music of the Sea' which you ...

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Vibrant Violet: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

 Vibrant Violet colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

September and October are going to be Very Violet for the 2018 Monthly Colour Challenge

During September we will celebrate all things pinkish-purple – partying on the red side of violet. And then in October we will even things up with the bluer side of the colour family. All very pretty, to be sure.

Purples are high on my list of colours to feature on a quilt. No difficulties there. But I am a little worried about one thing. I suspect what two months of thinking about soft purples really means is…….  I am going to spend 9 weeks thinking all ...

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May 24, 2018
Challenge blocks … from RobynsPatch

My local guild – along with many others Australia wide – hosts ‘The Biggest Morning Tea’ every year to raise funds for cancer research. As part of the gathering, a challenge is issued to create a 12.5″ block in a … Continue reading

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April 3, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Silly Galah from Clever Chameleon

Were you the target of any April Fools’ Day pranks this year? I hope you weren’t caught out as a Silly Galah!

Silly Galah color scheme from Clever Chameleon

The weekend before the Easter break, Paul and I had the rare pleasure of two nights away without the kids….. actually it might be the first time we’ve had two consecutive nights away without the kids……hmmmmm. Anyway, we escaped out of the city and spent two days in the Adelaide Hills, admiring the beginnings of autumn, relishing the warm weather and drinking in the quiet. It felt amazing.

On the second afternoon, Paul decided to ...

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April 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Thumbs Up Orange Bear from Clever Chameleon

Beary Colourful Orange Bear appliqué by Clever Chameleon

I am positively excited that it is time to meet the Beary Colourful Orange Bear!

Beary Colourful BOM at Clever ChameleonApril 1st. But no fools here…. just us coloured bears! And it is time to welcome another teddy to our growing family…. the Orange Bear of Positive Attitude. Also known as Thumbs Up Bear!

The fourth bear in the Beary Colourful Quilt BOM series is cheerful like his yellow cousin, but it is his enthusiasm that sets him apart. Know anyone who thinks that “Everything is AWESOME, I want to experience it all!!”? Orange bear is just like them. Positively positive!

Come on over and ...

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March 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Yellow Bear of Being Active Outdoors from Clever Chameleon

Yellow Bear from the Beary Colourful BOM at Clever Chameleon

March already!?! Seriously?! Well, the good news is, it is time for the Beary Colourful Yellow Bear!

Beary Colourful BOM at Clever ChameleonI am loving seeing all the bears appearing from in the Monthly Color Challenge link ups at Patterns by Jen. There are going to be some very happy teddy bear-loving quilt recipients out there in time! </p>
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February 20, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Blood Blue Moon from Clever Chameleon

Blood Blue Moon color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Once in a Blue Moon……

Sounds rare doesn’t it? Actually, blue moons (second full moons in a calendar month) happen surprisingly often. Like my crazy quilt ideas. </p>
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February 9, 2018
I am going to repost the lovelies that everyone is making on the... from Wolf Creek Quilting

I am going to repost the lovelies that everyone is making on the Foundation Fabric Blog Tour! Enjoy

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February 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Blue Bear of High Hopes from Clever Chameleon

Blue Bear quilt block from Beary Colourful BOM

February! Time to meet the Blue Bear of High Hopes!

Beary Colourful BOM at Clever ChameleonI know some of you have been waiting (patiently?!) since quite early January for the next bear in the Beary Colourful BOM. I must say, I was mightily impressed at how quickly red bears started appearing after the first pattern was released, and I want to thank everyone who shared a red bear with me last month. I think we will need to have a teddy bear’s picnic at some point!

So, without further ado, here is our Blue Bear of High Hopes. I have done him twice in ...

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January 28, 2018
Slow but positive progress from Claire Passmore

One week on and this is the progress I have made. It took a lot of thinking about how I want the finished quilts to look. The last group of faces I made were mostly colourless, or very lightly coloured. For these quilts I decided I want to add a new dimension, and colour is going to be my focus.

Over this past week  I have spent a lot of time trying different colour palettes; from realistic to complete fantasy. The image above is what I have decided to go for. It is interesting that in this photo they left ...

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December 7, 2017
Thursday from Karen Ann Ruane

toggles, buttons, colour and stitch.

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November 8, 2017
The mysteries of copper from Claire Passmore

And so I finally got there. I have been thinking about this for so long now it seems like it is an old idea, but this week I have finally got it 'out'. The beginnings of a piece of work on copper, element 29. It is that shiny, reddish metal that was probably the first ever metal to be worked my man. 

The oldest metal object found to date in the Middle East consists of a tiny copper awl dating to around 5100 B.C. The artifact was unearthed in Tel Tsaf, an archaeological site in Israel located near the ...

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