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February 9, 2019
Marvellous Minis with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Year of the Pig appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Happy New Year of the Pig 2019

February is Mini Quilt Month in the Island Batik Ambassador calendar: “Create a mini quilt 24″ x 24″ or smaller, any technique” is the challenge we’ve been given. Minis are a great way to try a new technique, or explore resource/time intensive projects on a doable scale. Or to commemorate an occasion or holiday. Like the Lunar New Year. For my first 2019 Ambassador challenge I decided to make something to mark Chinese New Year. Happy New Year of the Pig!

Year of the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

2019 Lunar New Year was on the 5th of February ...

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February 5, 2019
New Lunar Year, New Ambassador Year, New Fabrics, New Colours! from Clever Chameleon

Fabric colours for 2019 at Clever Chameleon Quilting blog

Happy Chinese New Year 2019

Today, Tuesday February 5th, is Chinese New Year and also my 1st Island Batik Ambassiverary. 2019 is Year of the Pig and in the next few weeks we will have several cute piggy appliqués on the blog to celebrate. But first, we get to herald in the New Lunar Year with Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. The Chameleon thinks this is a very good sign for 2019!

pig sculpture
The bronze pig sculptures in our Adelaide CBD. This little piggy is my favourite.

And today is not just any Colour & Inspiration Tuesday either. It is none other than the ...

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January 16, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Cat on a Wall quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park meets Cat on a Wall

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. This is my last project as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and accordingly, a biggie.

Back in July I received a “Surprise” package. Inside were glorious Paisley Park fabrics that had to be kept secret for the longest time! But today I can show and tell all. My instructions were to use as many of the different fabrics as I could to create a quilt of at least lap size. And if I wished, to incorporate themes of travel and destinations.

Paisley Park fabrics by Island Batik.
Paisley ...

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January 15, 2019
Paisley Park – Colour and Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Are you ready for a trip to Paisley Park?

“Got your hat? Where’s your water bottle? Have you put sunscreen on?”…. Those are the questions of the day here….. 41C (105.8F) and UV index 13! Or perhaps where you are, a trip to the park requires a different sort of hat…. and a coat and scarf and boots….

Photo by Doug Kelley on Unsplash in similar colours to Paisley Park
If Paisley Park was a place, I reckon it would look like this…..

Depending on your perspective, Paisley Park may be either a cool relief from the summer heat or a bright spot in a cold day. Thankfully a trip ...

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January 11, 2019
Triangle Friends: Something to Squawk About! from Clever Chameleon

Triangle Friends bird appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Today marks a Huge milestone for me

I am very excited to announce my very first quilt published in an independent magazine! It is called Triangle Friends and is now available in Issue 26 of Make Modern. I’ve been sitting on this news for simply aaaaaaages, and it’s such a great feeling to finally be able to tell you all about it. </p>
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January 8, 2019
Peacock Parade: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and Linky Party from Clever Chameleon

Peacock Parade colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

Colour Inspiration Tuesday is back! There are New Fabrics in town! And there are Prizes to win!

Welcome to back to our Colour & Inspiration Tuesday routine with my most favourite inspiration of all! New batik fabrics!

It’s that time of year when the newest fabrics fluff up their feathers and put on their most extravagant of courting performances, targeting your hearts and your wallets for a new nest to live in. Fair warning – there are a lot of new pretties out there, and their covet-factor is sky high. Allow these hard-to-cut-into fabrics to come to roost at your place ...

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December 24, 2018
Happy Whimsical Christmas 2018!! from Clever Chameleon

Happy Christmas to you and to you, from Emu.

Christmas Emu appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting

Happy Christmas to you and to you from Snake too.

Christmas Snake appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! to you from a loud Cockatoo.

Christmas Cockatoo appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting

Happy Christmas to you from the Wombat, no poo!

Christmas Wombat appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon Quilting
Whimsical and Wonky Island Batik Challenge button

I have finished my Island Batik December quilt…. Wonky and Whimsical. Or perhaps, more “Wild and Wacky”. I’ll tell you more another day. Today’s post is just for a little fun and silliness. Because it’s Christmas.

This year has been just fantastic with you all along for the ride. Thank you. Merry Quilted Christmas!!! xx

Merry Christmas to You and to ...

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December 18, 2018
The Scoop: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Wombat Scoop colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

The Scoop on The World’s Strangest Poop!

My daughter wants me to sew appliqué poop onto my latest quilt.

Yup. You just read that. And it’s totally true. My 10 year old daughter is on a mission to have scat immortalised on the quilt I am making for her younger brother. And what is possibly even more astonishing – my 8 year old son has declined the offer.

wombat tangram appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

In my daughter’s defense, it is an animal quilt. And the poop she wants on the quilt is very specific. Wombat scat! And she has a pretty good reason……

Wombat ...

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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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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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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 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 20, 2018
Paper-Pieced Dragonfly Appliqué Pillow from Clever Chameleon

Dragonfly appliqué pillow by Dione of Clever Chameleon

I have finished my October paper-piecing adventures for Island Batik, played with my dragonfly appliqué design, and tested out some Y-seam sewing…..

This project sure covered a lot of bases, and my daughter has scored herself a new decorative pillow to match her newest quilt. Would you like to see how I put it together? 

And let me know what you think of the organza for the dragonfly appliqué wings! 

Dragonfly quilt and pillow set by Dione of Clever Chameleon

A Continuing Paper-Piecing Adventure

On Tuesday I showed you how I was attacking my Island Batik Ambassador project for October – at the pool </p>
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October 16, 2018
Paper Piecing Adventures: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Dragonfly rainbow color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Do you ever go back and revisit quilt ideas?

I often mean to, but it rarely happens. There is always a new quilty squirrel I can chase. But this month I am actually dusting off an old idea and the last of my Island Batik Victoria and Albert fabric scraps for the latest Ambassador challenge. I’ve had a plan for a while, it just needed its turn in the sun.

Island Batik October themeThe Island Batik Ambassador theme for October is paper piecing…. foundation piecing, freezer paper piecing or English paper piecing….. our choice. Generally, I would say that I enjoy the ...

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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 7, 2018
Show and Tell Friday from Clever Chameleon

Royal Adelaide Show handicrafts

Show and Tell Day! Lots of show-standard handicraft eye-candy, the winners from my Island Batik blog hop contest revealed and a quilted postcard all in one glorious crafty post today!

I haven’t had any sewing time this week, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been super busy with lots of things quilt and craft related. Join me today in congratulating the clever winners who named my dragonfly quilt on my stop of the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop. See the postcard mini-quilt I sent Jeanette for her win from our Teddy Bear’s Picnic. And also ...

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August 15, 2018
The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop from Clever Chameleon

Victoria and Albert quilt by Clever Chameleon in the Great Outdoors

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop!

Once every six months, Island Batik Ambassadors get to showcase one of the latest fabric collections from Island Batik. Today is my first time on an Ambassador hop, and I am really excited to be able to show you these wonderful fabrics in action. 

Victoria and Albert batik fabrics from Island Batik

The fabric collection I was allocated is called Victoria and Albert. There are 30 fabrics in this huge collection and they make me think of an early spring garden. Lots of green, with just a few things starting to bloom. Or perhaps even a ...

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August 14, 2018
Dragonfly Disco – Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Dragonfly Disco color scheme by Clever Chameleon

It’s done…. my dragonfly/garden/lattice Great Outdoors Island Batik quilt is done and is ready for show and tell tomorrow. Just in time!

Tomorrow is my turn on the Island Batik Ambassadors blog hop and my job is to showcase the freshly released Victoria and Albert batik collection.  I am sharing the day with Barb from Bejeweled Quilts,  who was allocated the same fabric line as me. I can’t wait to see what Barb has done with them. And I can’t wait to see you back here! Because……

I have a problem to solve and fabric ...

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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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