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January 11, 2019
Skyline from Liz Makes Crafts

It took a year of procrastination, but Skyline has finally been quilted. It's a great one to start the year with, though! Besides my script-generated Haphazard quilts, Skyline is the only quilt that I have "designed", and by that I just mean that I didn't use somebody else's pattern.

I love sampler quilts, but I don't like traditional sampler layouts, so I came up with this after seeing Art Gallery Fabrics's display at QuiltCon one year. Their display was inspired by the Miami Skyline, and it was simple blocks (made of cardboard, probably?) where each ...

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December 14, 2018
Paradox from Liz Makes Crafts

Paradox is my last quilt finish (and likely last project) of the year, and I think it is a very good one to end on! When Zen Chic announced the Fragile collection almost 2 years ago, I squealed with excitement because I was head over heels in love with it. But then, when the fabric eventually arrived, I could not cut into it. It was just too beautiful.

Around the same time, I saw Fat Quarter Shop offer a quilt kit called Paradox using Fragile precut into jolly bars. I immediately went for it so that I could get a ...

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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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December 3, 2018
Flight Path from Liz Makes Crafts

My latest quilt finish is Flight Path, a pattern from Alison Glass. For the fabric, I picked Alison Glass fabrics from the HandCrafted collections to give all the geese a glowing, jewel-like look.

I used to have a lot of trouble with flying geese, and they always seem to come out undersized. In this quilt however, I think I finally got comfortable with them. Apparently, the trick to perfect flying geese is the same as for perfect half-square triangles ... make them bigger and trim them down!

For the bright geese, I used dot-to-dot designs. It does double duty as quilting ...

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November 16, 2018
Waterfall from Liz Makes Crafts

Several months ago I revealed the Waterfall Runner which I mentioned used cut-off corners from a different quilt. Well, I finally quilted the original quilt from which the pieces of the runner came from.

The pattern is called Peak designed by Modern Handcraft, and for the fabric I used an ombre bundle from Craftsy that uses blues, greens, and yellows. While I love blues and greens together, the yellow is what really adds sparkle to this quilt.

I knew what I wanted to do with this quilt as soon as I loaded it on the frame, and I pretty much ...

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November 2, 2018
Urban Mod from Liz Makes Crafts

I love a good hunt. When I was browsing through Art Gallery Fabrics (who has a fabulous and inspirational website!) I discovered a collection called Urban Mod that I fell in love with. It had a really great retro look, and I thought the colors and prints were fantastic. Unfortunately, it has been out of print for several years.

I hunted high and low all over the internet and managed to pull together a fat quarter of this print, a half yard of that print, until I had most of the prints in the collection. I paired them with a ...

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October 19, 2018
Tangerine Dreams from Liz Makes Crafts

I have gotten into the habit of putting quilt tops away after I'm done with them and not taking them out to quilt until at least several months have passed. I call it marinating, and somewhere, somehow, I hope that ideas can come to me for how to quilt it as I'm happily doing something else. Another benefit of marinating is that once the quilt top isn't so fresh, I will have become detached and hence less afraid to mess it up during quilting.

And that's exactly what happened for Tangerine Dreams. I pieced this top ...

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September 21, 2018
Aurora Borealis from Liz Makes Crafts

The On Point Triangle quilt is from way back in Season 2 of the Midnight Quilt Show. Now, I'm not sure if I would have chosen this pattern if I just saw it in the wild, but after watching Angela make it, I was determined to make one myself. I'm just a sucker for presentation, and I can't think of a better presentation than seeing it made on the Midnight Quilt Show!

The pattern calls for a jelly roll, but I'm using fat quarters instead. After one of the most intense fabric auditions ever, I decided ...

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September 7, 2018
Shades of Blue from Liz Makes Crafts

The first black and white (with some color) quilt I made was Crossroads, back when I had first started. I've been wanting to make another black/white/color quilt for some time now, but I was looking for the right pattern. That seemed to come up one day when I was looking at quilt photos from Cheri House's City Quilts.

So I purchased a copy and waited for it to arrive with excitement. When it did, I flipped through the book immediately to find the pattern, but couldn't find it. I checked the table of contents in ...

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August 7, 2018
Dragonfly Dance – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Dragonfly Dance color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Oh Happy Day (oh happy day….), Oh Happy Day (oh happy day)…..

……when my ScanNCut (when my ScanNCut)….. cut my work away…. oh happy day….!

So, you know I have a new toy, right?…. the ScanNCut CM900 I purchased a few weeks ago. Of course you know…. the blasted thing keeps popping up in my blog. Well, I waaaaas going to stop going on about it after the snow globe project. But…..

I was in the shower the other morning, musing over the technicalities of my current quilt, as I so often do, and a light bulb went on.  Not ...

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August 3, 2018
Luster from Liz Makes Crafts

I feel like this deserves a celebration. I finally finished my first curved piecing quilt!

The pattern is 9-Patch Arcs from Quilter's Mixology by Angela Pingel, and I love how the clever combination of 4-patches and 9-patches give this quilt a very interesting look. The fabric I used is Modern Background in Luster by Zen Chic. I absolutely love metallics, so working on this quilt was quite fun despite my frequent frustrations with the curved piecing!

I'm still lousy at curved piecing. My finished blocks are distorted severely, but I learned that the secret to curved piecing ...

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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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July 23, 2018
Secondary Pattern Quilt Challenge – Progress Report from Clever Chameleon

appliquéd snowflake

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!! I’m soooooo excited!!

It really feels like Christmas in my sewing room today! I think I just gave myself the best present ever. ….. 

Did you ever have that feeling of intensely looking forward to Christmas because you knew you were getting that present that you’ve always wanted? But then there was also a little bit of trepidation that that “ultimate” present wouldn’t live up to your expectations? And then Christmas finally arrives and the present is even better than you’d hoped for, and the elation is enormous? You can tell ...

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June 15, 2018
Waterfall Runner from Liz Makes Crafts

A few months ago I pieced a quilt top using a bundle of Craftsy's Boundless Blenders Ombre in Waterfall. It had some gorgeous blues, greens, and yellows, and since the quilt had a lot of flippy corners in the construction, it also meant I was left with a lot of triangles after trimming. I promptly made them into half-square triangles.

I love half-square triangles, and I was delighted to find that I had enough left over for a table runner. However, the layout options for half-square triangles are endless, and it was so hard to pick one! Eventually I ...

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June 1, 2018
Skyways from Liz Makes Crafts

A little over a year ago I completed Tokyo Subway Map, and while I loved it, I also thought I wouldn't want to do another quilt with so many little pieces. And then, I ran across Tangled by Rita Hodge, and I really wanted to make it. While it doesn't actually have as many pieces, it sure feels like it!

Auditioning fabrics for this quilt was really fun. I knew that I needed 25 colors, so I either had to pick 25 loose fat quarters from my stash, or use a coordinated bundle that has 25 or more ...

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May 7, 2018
Stash Statement Blog Hop: Beach Retreat from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is my stop on Kelly Young's Stash Statement blog hop and I'm thrilled to present Beach Retreat!

Photo credit: Martingale & Company

Kelly's Beach Retreat uses a beautiful and calm palette of light blues and light browns which makes me think of sea glass and sandy beaches. I wanted to go in the opposite direction and create a color palette that is energetic. I debated a bunch of color combos before deciding on 2 of my favorite colors in a complementary setting: blue and orange.

I created the "raw" fabric by using one of Kelly's methods ...

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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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March 29, 2018
Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop: Postage Plus from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is day 4 of the Modern Plus Sign blog hop, and I'm super excited to show off the Postage Plus quilt from Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander's fabulous new book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts!

Image credit: C & T Publishing

How much do I love this book? A lot. I even bought my own physical copy, because I just love to sit on my favorite chair and flip through the beautiful book, enjoying the writing and styling, and dreaming of the quilts I'll make in the future. The Plus Sign is a very traditional block, but it has been interpreted in a completely new way in this book. There are so many different variations, as well as different techniques, that there is really something for everyone!

When I was deciding which quilt to make for the hop, I was immediately attracted to Postage Plus for one simple reason: I had envisioned the perfect color palette. I knew I wanted something that was dark hot pink and hot pink offset against a white / gray scrappy center, so that's exactly what I ended up doing.

I used cerise and berry for the background, which are such great colors. For the center plus sign, I pulled together some white and gray fabrics from my stash.

One reason I was so excited to use the berry and cerise color is because I wanted to use hot pink thread to quilt this. I created a wavy design that flows behind the plus.

I've been needing a hot pink quilt in my house, and now I have one! It was so much fun and so easy to make.

Modern Plus Sign has many other fabulous quilts, and they'll all be featured throughout the blog hop. You can get an autographed copy from Cheryl, Paige, or you can get a non autographed copy from Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the other stops on today's blog hop:

Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle & Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Stacey @ Stacey in Stitches
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Here is the full ...

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March 9, 2018
Urban Cabin from Liz Makes Crafts

It doesn't look like I'm going to be sick of making log cabin inspired quilts anytime soon, especially not with beautiful and easy patterns like Brigitte Heitland's Zen Cabin!

For my fabric choice, I'm using what I considered a very lucky find. Urban Artifacts by Leslie Tucker Jenison for RJR Fabrics is one of those collections that really captured me when I saw it. It certainly wasn't one I had heard of or was anticipating the launch of, and in fact I saw it by chance while looking for something else. But ... I'm so ...

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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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