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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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March 13, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday – Infinity Dots from Clever Chameleon

Infinity Dots Colour scheme

A Trip to the Art Gallery – Of course you’d expect some quilt inspiration there!

My daughter has been itching to go to the SA State Art Gallery again for a while. And I’m always up for a trip to an art gallery. Especially now that I’m always on the alert for a quilt design inspiration or two. Yesterday was a public holiday, so we grabbed the opportunity for some rare “Mummy and Me” time. Let me show you what we found. </p>
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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 26, 2018
Year of the Dog Mini Quilt – An Island Batik Challenge from Clever Chameleon

Year of the dog mini quilt

It’s the Year of the Dog. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year? Yes, Happy Chinese New Year! And Happy Island Batik Ambassador New Year as well!

chinatown entrance

Chinese New Year fell on the 16th February this year, so we have now entered the Year of the Dog. Celebrations commenced on Chinese New Year’s Eve and will traditionally continue for two weeks past New Year’s Day. This period is also officially known as both the Chinese Spring Festival and the Batik Jamboree. There are many amazing and colourful celebrations happening in our local Chinatown. So I thought we should ...

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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 19, 2018
Craft Room Destash Challenge – Project 70273 from Clever Chameleon

Project 70273 middling quilt

From the Sewing Room – Project 70273 and a Destash Challenge

Second month into 2108, and I’m still committed to destashing some of my fabrics. </p>
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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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October 9, 2017
Squares on Squares from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I have been using this vase quilt on my kitchen table with a vase full of flowers from the Farmers’ Market.  As summer fades away (sigh), it is time to bring out the Halloween-inspired and fall quilts. … Continue reading

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