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July 2, 2019
Estate Quilt Recovered! from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Ann Rutherford-Berthiaume is hoping to recover some quilts that were sold against her wishes at an auction at 211 University Ave., Waxahachie, TX on July 30, 2005. The auctioneer was Larry Schaefer.

These quilts were her grandmother’s, her great-grandmother’s, and possible her great-great-grandmother’s. There were 20-21 sold at the auction. She had asked for photos of all the quilts but only received about one-fifth of them. She was able to purchase the ones she knew about, but was never told about the twenty or more others. She basically has one generation and is missing the other two ...

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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 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 4, 2018
Banksia Bonanza: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Banksia Bonanza color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to Australian Spring! 

Here in Adelaide the 1st of September is officially Spring. But the signs have been around for a few weeks….. a lot of native plants here flower in late winter before it gets too hot and dry. Likewise, the pesky possum who persistently calls our shed home has been wearing her latest baby on her back for a while now. 

Last weekend we had the opportunity to meet a Filipino lad we helped group-sponsor through university. The meeting was held at the Adelaide Zoo, which of course was bursting with both flora and fauna Spring-ness. The ...

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September 3, 2018
Pretty Pansy Quilted Wall Hanging Tutorial from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Simply Happy Fabric

It’s here! It’s here! Simply Happy fabric is now available online and in LQS everywhere. It is a fun and incredibly cheerful new fabric line from Riley Blake Designs. The colors are refreshing and perfect for that summer project you have been procrastinating about making. Or if you have been looking for a summer project but haven’t found one yet, the Pretty Pansy Quilted Wall Hanging is just the one for you.

My absolute favorite print of the line is the border print. The whimsical flowers at the bottom are wonderful, but it is the tall dainty ...

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August 28, 2018
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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July 31, 2018
Cheerful Orange: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Cheerful Orange color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to the little Tuesday wedged in between my Sew Early 4 Christmas tutorial yesterday and our next Beary Colourful Bear pattern tomorrow!

Poor Tuesday! He had his big turn last week, with the Christmas in July blog hop…… but just because he is not the star of the Clever Chameleon blog this week doesn’t mean he can’t be inspiring.

He most certainly can!

Today’s blindingly bright colours are inspired by a little charity quilt that has just passed through my sewing room, cheering the place up as it went. I don’t know if I’d ...

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April 20, 2018
$5 Friday: Aster E2E from Wasatch Quilting

As quilters, we know it takes LOTS of patience to create our masterpiece! Today, the Aster flower is known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience, which is why we chose it for our deal this week! This pattern was included in April of 2012 Masters Club, so unless you’ve been a faithful Masters Club member since 2012, you don’t have this pattern!

$5 Friday

Quilting has been the big topic this week as I have been designing some Aprons for a giveaway at the HQ Academy Conference coming up ...

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February 2, 2018
Red Gerber Daisy from Pebble Creek Arts

I started this one a while back. However, I lost interest in pastel because I was having trouble getting the detail I wanted.

I am at a point now where I understand that perfection is not required and an unrealistic and stressful goal. Therefore, I decided to finish this one up.

I have to admit, it was much easier and more enjoyable when I just let go and painted.

I have had some trouble in the past with pastel fixatives making the work darker. I was trying Sennelier fixative this time. It still had that problem, but maybe not as ...

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November 13, 2017
AGF Mood Monday - Blossoming from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful" - Jim Carrey

Does anyone here not like flowers? And I'm not talking about floral fabrics (which are loved by many), I'm referring to an actual, natural flower. I have yet to meet a person who is not moved in some way by looking at one.

Flowers have the power to evoke such emotions within us that it's not a surprise we gift them to each other in the most special occasions. Now ...

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September 22, 2017
slow and quick projects from Charm About You

quilted cathedral windows

Cathedral windows are lovely to make, different from traditional piecing and so satisfying! I made this little sample for Sewing Quarter and demonstrated yesterday how to hand sew the blocks.
I chose to hand stitch the folds with some perle thread, which is quicker than appliqué (although I did demo that too) and gives a lovely effect - the Valdani variegated thread is particularly pretty. 

To watch the repeat of the show, click here.

On the same show I also made this Peonies block from 100 Any-Size Flower Blocks by Rita Weiss and Linda Causee. Fast and easy to put together ...

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September 15, 2017
beads, buttons and a flower from Karen Ann Ruane

adding adornments to pages

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August 8, 2015
I saw a picture… from Quilt in Progress

Some of my favorite projects begin with seeing a photo of someone else’s project. This one didn’t turn out exactly like the original, but I love it just the same.

First, the complication. We are moving again, and I already packed up my patterns, foolishly thinking I wouldn’t need them. There is a baby shower coming up and I wanted to sew a gift, so I turned to the internet for inspiration. I found a photo of a baby drooling bib that looks like flower petals and calyces (the green parts that protect the bud before opening ...

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