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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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September 11, 2018
Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Welcome to My House blog hop from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to My House color scheme by Clever Chameleon

My house is part shambles, part memories, part make-do, and all love. So is my mini quilt!

Welcome to My House! This is my stop on the latest fun blog hop being hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt where every stop has a project with a house on it.

Well…… most stops……. technically my mini quilt doesn’t feature a house after all. I started with the best of intentions, but being improv, it evolved slightly.

Welcome to My House blog hop

But it is a quilt that features the essence of a building, and every kid you know will wish they lived there ...

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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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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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August 10, 2018
Heritage Story: Green Strip Quilt from Nestlings By Robin


You have met Kay before here on my blog.  I adore working with her to finish these lovely works of art.

Heritage Stories
This quilt had rows of pieced swirl blocks and I wasn't sure at first how to best showcase them.  There is a suggested rule of thumb that using curved quilting on geometric and geometric on curves are good ways to accent a design so that was what I leaned on to quilt these blocks.  They are a variation of a Snail Trail so I decided on large concentric swirls coming from the centers ...

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August 3, 2018
Great Outdoors Quilt Progress and Snow Globe Coaster Winners from Clever Chameleon

Flower Garden quilt by Clever Chameleon

I hope you’ve had a great week and made some progress on something fun

I’ve been working on my latest Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop quilt and here’s a little look at where I’m up to. This quilt is going to be a large single (twin) bed size and is already claimed, pre-finish, by my daughter.

blank panel in garden quilt

I think I’m going to need some help naming this quilt…. The concept’s changed a little since I started and it’s left me floundering for a good name…… I’m hoping maybe you’ll be able ...

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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 24, 2018
White Christmas in July meets Colour Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

White Christmas quilt color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July blog hop. And, since it’s Tuesday, its also our weekly Colour Inspiration Tuesday link up party. Merry Christmas-in-July!

Island Batik challenge July Today I can show you my new Christmas quilt in full! This quilt is also my Island Batik Ambassador project for July. I do hope you’ll like it, it is going to be a very welcome addition to our family’s Christmas decor this year. I’ll finish telling you its story today as well , after having to leave you hanging a bit yesterday.

And I know all this Christmas excitement ...

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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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July 17, 2018
Mallee Ringneck Parrot: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Mallee Ringneck Parrot color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Hello!! We are back safely from the Outback.

Which means I have internet and phone coverage again. And that means that I will be slowly catching up on all your lovely comments and seeing what everyone else has been doing on their blogs recently. Being off grid is nice for a while, but quilting is really quite a socially centred pursuit, don’t you think?

The technical isolation of the Outback does have an upside…. for me, heading bush is a time of mental clearing, and of gathering fresh inspiration. Space and time to think and muse over possibilities. Usually ...

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July 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Always Growing Yellow-Green Bear from Clever Chameleon

 Yellow-Green Bear of Always Growing by Clever Chameleon

The Always Learning Green Bear from May has been exploring his family tree and he has discovered a cousin! Please welcome the aspirational July Yellow-Green Bear to the Beary Colourful family.

If you spend much time with young children on a regular basis, you will know that they love to think that they are “Big”. And also that they are “Bigger”. Bigger than their siblings….bigger than their peers….. bigger then that mark on the wall that shows how tall they used to be. 

Growth charts never really go out of fashion, do they? The motifs on them might change ...

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June 26, 2018
Leaf-tastic Yellow-Green: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Leaftastic greens color scheme by Clever Chameleon

July is coming! Are you ready!? No?! Join the club and bunker down  – it’s coming anyway! At least that means the next Beary Colourful BOM Bear is on his way.

I am noticing that all my Northern Hemisphere blogging friends are posting lots of pretty Spring and Summery-looking garden posts. Rays of sunshine in my cold grey wintery days. Sadly, our recent wintery days are probably not actually as grey as they should be – we really could do with a lot more rain before Spring arrives to turn the neighbourhood yellow-green again.

preying mantis
Yellow-green and preying for rain…..

Yellow-Green for ...

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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 12, 2018
The Red Buoy – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

The Red Buoy color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Colours good enough for Paul Signac are good enough for me!

On the weekend I was treated for my birthday with a ticket to the current exhibition at our state art gallery. This exhibition has my name all over it – it is called “Colours of Impressionism”. A collection of masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, this exhibition shows the progressive use of colour over time by Impressionist and then Neo-Impressionist painters.

The Red Buoy (La bouée rouge) was painted by Paul Signac in 1895. It is one of the attention grabbers of the Colours of Impressionism exhibition and is featured ...

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June 11, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Sea Glass from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

my pot of succulents and sea glass
Several weeks ago, I discovered a few 
bags of sea glass in the studio. I used them to decorate a pot of succulents. After doing so, I realized how much I love the colors. 

The light blue/green is my favorite and I've decided to use it in our bedroom and bathroom. We'll be quite some time before getting to the stage of choosing paint and accessories, but I think I have my colors already.

a close up

To that end, sea glass has been on my brain. Of course, I ...

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June 9, 2018
Stolen: ZigZag Through the Garden Quilt from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Please help Melanie Testa find this two sided, hand printed ZigZag Through the Garden quilt. There are some commercial prints on the back, but most of the fabrics are of her own printed creation of reds, yellows and blues. The quilt measures 68″ x 75″
Melanie’s quilt was made in 2017, machine pieced and machine quilted and is not labeled. It was last seen during the winter of 2017/18. Of the quilt Melanie says, “I made this two sided quilt and gained its entry into two well loved magazines, International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene 2017 and Fons and ...

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May 27, 2018
Ninja Turtle Quilt believed sold for drugs in North Dakota from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

Andrea is asking for help in locating a quilt she made for her 7 year old nephew, Toby. Andrea made a bear paw style large twin sized quilt of green, tan, red, orange, blue, purple and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fabrics for the front and back of the quilt. The quilt is machine pieced in a bear paw quilt pattern and machine quilted with a label which reads, “Cowabunga, Dude!” with washing instructions and “Handmade by Andrea Waagen, 2016”
Andrea reports the quilt was last seen “between then end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 in the vicinity of ...

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May 24, 2018
“Illusions of Christmas” – A New Mini Quilt from Clever Chameleon

It’s the last day of the Spring 2018 Art with Fabric blog hop, and my turn to show you my quilt interpretation of the hop theme “1+1=3”.

What does “1+1=3” mean to you and how would you quilt it? My first thoughts were to produce a set of quirky critters that captured the essence of a young family. But May has been seriously crazy and I had neither the time nor energy in the end to whip up such a pattern from scratch.

The other connotation I was strongly drawn to was the mathematical impossibility ...

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May 21, 2018
Three Wishes Monkey Quilt from Clever Chameleon

Welcome to the first day of the “Wish Upon A Star” Blog Hop

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt has organised for you a HUGE treat this week! A supernova of a blog hop, and it all kicks off today. Carol has rounded up 44 quilt bloggers to show you their star-studded sewing projects. Pieced stars, appliqué stars, star-shaped projects, big stars, little stars…. who knows what you are going to find on the Wish Upon A Star blog hop today? And, for that matter, every day this week until Friday! All sorts of fantastic creations, that’s what… and ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Watermelon from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Milly turned one year old a few weeks ago and Dusti gave her a birthday party (of course) at our house since, conveniently, no one was sleeping here. All of the kids had just moved out, and we had not moved in.

Milly's party theme: You're one in a melon. Now, how cute is that? There was a watermelon-shaped cake, watermelon-shaped cookies, reds and greens and a few seeds. A precious red tutu! What more could a one-year-old want?

It finally occurred to me that if Pinterest is having an affair with watermelons, it may have a ...

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