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January 31, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Dog from Clever Chameleon

Dippy Balloon Dog is the second of our appliqué blocks for the Love with a Twist quilt along. He is a loveable, friendly character with adorable big floppy ears. Awwwww.

Dippy dog, balloon dog appliqué designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen and available free at Clever Chameleon Quilting during 2019.

There are two downloads in this post – make sure you get them both

In this post you will find a downloadable pdf for the shapes and layout to make this charming balloon dog. And a short pictorial on how the parts go together too.

There is also a second downloadable for people wanting to make the dog for the twin size version of the Love with a Twist quilt. For ...

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January 20, 2019
Love with a Twist: Balloon Poodle from Clever Chameleon

Balloon Poodle appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Balloon Animal Block 1A – Pretty Poodle

Love with a Twist 2019 quilt along at Clever Chameleon

Finally, it’s here – the first appliqué for the Love with a Twist quilt along! You will find the free downloadable balloon poodle appliqué pattern within this post. And a short pictorial on how to put it together too.

You know how I have always had every intention of this quilt along being a little relaxed and random in its delivery?…. Well, that is still so. But I didn’t really intend for it to be quite this long between the throw-size quilt construction instructions and the release of Block 1A. Apologies! But with ...

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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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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 11, 2018
Cosy Cabins Quilt Design in Progress from Clever Chameleon

November Log Cabin Quilt Challenge

Cosy Cabins. Or should that be Crazy Cabins? There’s Cabin Fever at Clever Chameleon this week and the cat is off his nut.

The monthly exercise for the Island Batik Ambassadors this November is “Cosy Cabins – Log Cabin Challenge. Incorporate a log cabin block or log cabin variations into your project“. I was so, so pleased to see this challenge on the list. The log cabin block and its almost endless variations are right on top of my favourites list. And among the fabrics given to me to work with as an Island Batik Ambassador were these. 

Island Batik London Fog fabric

Beautiful, beautiful ...

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October 13, 2018
Thankful Wreath Quilt with Sweet Peas from Clever Chameleon

Give Thanks Always wreath quilt concept by Clever Chameleon

Tuesday and a half ago, I said I was starting on a thanksgiving-themed wall quilt in Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics. It’s getting there…..

Blossoms Batik Splash fabrics by RJR at Clever ChameleonWhen my samples of Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics from RJR arrived in the post, the first thing they reminded me of was sweet pea flowers. Probably because my hubby’s Gran used to grow sweet peas every year, in colours not dissimilar to these. Blue-green leaves and two-tone purple flowers.

And as it turns out, this was a very helpful association to have. Because, as well as the October Beary Colourful bears, I had promised RJR ...

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September 18, 2018
Aurora Star Revisit: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Aurora Star color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Today I have for you a recycled idea and a brand new quilt!

Starstruck theme by Island BatikFor September, the theme for the Island Batik Ambassador projects is “Starstruck”. This theme immediately and happily put me in mind of a quilt design I conceived for Colour Inspiration Tuesday last November. Finally, I had a reason to put “Aurora Star” at the top of the ideas-to-play-with priority queue. Then, noticing that it’s now Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Week,  I found the extra motivation I needed to get a quilt finish on the table asap. Literally. Ha! There’s a filthy big clue to what I ...

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August 23, 2018
Fabulous Freebies – Quilt Binding Resources and a Free Appliqué Pattern from Clever Chameleon

Have a Really Great Fall appliqué pattern at Clever Chameleon

Today is the fourth day of the Fabulous Freebies blog hop. Isn’t that Great!?! 

This is the hop where we get to tell you about our favourite online quilting freebies….. resources we have found or written in the past and still love now. And there are plenty of new freebies going around too! This generous hop is hosted by the very interesting, funny and talented Joan of Moosestash Quilting. If you are not already a regular at Joan’s you are missing out, not just on fun quilting banter, but her unique garden and her adorable kittens too. Do ...

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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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June 25, 2018
Virtual Wholecloth 7, 8 from Virtual Quilter

Virtual Wholecloth 7

I love whole cloth quilts, but I doubt that I have the patience to make one.

Virtual Wholecloth 8

Doesn’t mean I have to stop designing them though!

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June 24, 2018
A Two-Faced Pumpkin Quilt Facing Tutorial (and Modern Winding Ways finished) from Clever Chameleon

Modern Winding Ways quilting detail

Island Batik ambassador button

Modern Winding Ways is finished. 

Quilted, faced (invisibly bound) and hung. </p>
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June 9, 2018
Modern Winding Ways Quilt – a progress report from Clever Chameleon

Modern Winding Ways quilt by Clever Chameleon

Time to show you how my Island Batik challenge quilt for June is coming along. 

Remember earlier in the week I had some fabrics chosen and a plan for a modern take on Winding Ways? Well, as of last night I have a finished modern Winding Ways quilt top.  Come on over and take a peek! </p>
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June 5, 2018
Modern Elementz – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Modern Elementz color scheme by Clever Chameleon

If you promise to show me yours, I’ll show you mine…..

I am in the planning and design phase of my next quilt project for Island Batik and I’m looking for the sweet spot where the available fabric, the design brief and my personal preferences intersect. The Island Batik theme for June is “Modern Batik” and the fabrics I have chosen are some of the fat eighths sent me from the Island Batik Elementz range. These fabrics were given to me for use in my role as an Island Batik Ambassador.

Island Batik Elementz fat eighths pack

For my colour palette, I have ...

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April 16, 2018
Craft Room Destash Challenge – Scrappy Shadow Appliqué Pillow Cover from Clever Chameleon

Another project for the fabric scrap lovers…..

Are you a hardcore fabric scrap hoarder? I mean, do you keep all your scraps, even All the Little Bits? I’ll admit, I am and I do. I have them in large tubs, sorted roughly into colour groups. But, in my defence, I also know a technique that makes good use of those small fabric scraps. So that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. </p>
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April 13, 2018
A Vintage Inspired Quilt – Looking back, Moving forward from Clever Chameleon

The Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April is “Looking Back: Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations”.

And I am having a ball. The only trouble with looking back as you’re moving forward, is that you can get tripped up…… and end up down a rabbit hole……..

Looking back logo

So, where to begin?

I can’t possibly tell you everything I have explored under the topic “Vintage Inspired Quilts” lately, but it is fair to say that I wasn’t really sure where to start with this challenge. “Vintage” is a category of quilt that I thought I didn’t like very much ...

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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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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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