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March 10, 2020
Weeds, Frogs and a little Lunarcy from Clever Chameleon

Little Arkaroola Frog colour board at Clever Chameleon

Everything grows like weeds after summer rain!

Including the weeds. This week we have been madly helping out with weed control around the Arkaroola village. It’s a crucial few days where the weeds are big enough to easily identify amongst all the beneficial plants, but haven’t started dropping seed yet. The window of opportunity is short, and for the Bindii is almost shut already.

Between that, and schooling, I have still managed a little sightseeing and a little sewing. It helps that we had a public holiday yesterday to get a few things done. I’ve got all ...

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March 3, 2020
Arkaroola Time Warp: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Arkaroola sunset colours at Clever Chameleon

Time is a bit Weird in the Outback

I know this can happen anywhere, but it seems to me that Arkaroola is in the grip of some strange sort of time warp phenomenon thingy. I work really hard, do and see so many things and yet time stands still. Nothing changes, every day is the same. But then I find that the calendar has skipped an entire month….. and everything has changed while I was looking but not noticing. And it still feels like no time has passed….

But it must have, because I have finally done some sewing. Lunarcy ...

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February 25, 2020
Just add water: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Australian Native Orange colour board at Clever Chameleon

The desert was only sleeping

I have been into the Australian Outback many times in the last 20 years, but this unique environment never fails to amaze me. It is resilient and diverse, and just because everything is bone dry, it doesn’t mean that everything is dead. On the contrary – when the conditions are right…… BAM! Life emerges from places and in forms you wouldn’t believe! Two nights ago I saw what looked like an ant that was only about 1/4 inch long, but with an antennae over an inch in length. It was investigating around about ...

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February 18, 2020
Still Here and Finally There! from Clever Chameleon

Lunarcy colour board at Clever Chameleon

Hoping to be past the dramas and back to sewing soon

Sorry that I missed you last Tuesday. We were on the road and it all got too hard in the end….. as you will find out shortly(!). It’s taken three attempts since School Induction week for us to make it back to Arkaroola, but third time’s the charm! We have been here for a week now, and almost settled into a routine. Not the routine that I think is sustainable for the year, but a routine nonetheless. Regular food, laundry, ablutions, schooling and sleep. Now to sneak ...

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January 25, 2020
Moving Times and New Beginnings from Clever Chameleon

Lunar New Year quilt at Clever Chameleon

Happy Lunar New Year 2020!

As I write this, it is Chinese New Year today and Australia Day tomorrow. So I’m wishing everyone who celebrates either or both occasions a very splendid day.

I am celebrating today, albeit in the absence of the Chinese branch of my extended family, with the next step towards launching our next free BOM here at Clever Chameleon. I got word this morning that the Lunar New Year quilt BOM will be supported by Island Batik, who will very kindly supply the fabrics shown in the picture above so I can make the demo ...

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December 17, 2019
Warm Wishes: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Christmas Star colour board at Clever Chameleon

The Christmas Season is Heating Up!

The tree is up, presents are bought, plans are mostly laid. The weather outside is variable; this week it is stinking hot, until it’s not. It’s going to be 44C by Friday. For those of you not familiar with Celcius to Farenheit, 44C is about 111F. Then Saturday will have a maximum of 25C….. that will be one heck of a cool change when it blows through. It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

weather forecast

Although 44C is not the hottest we’ve ever had (46.6C in Jan 2019), it ...

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December 12, 2019
Penguin Play Date: 3D Island Batik Challenge from Clever Chameleon

Mario and Luigi themed penguin toys

Meet Mario and Luigi, the Dauntless Dynamic Duo!

Island Batik 3D challenge logo

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for December is to make something 3D. So, today we have….. two 3Ds. Two delightfully dapper dudes! </p>
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December 10, 2019
Texture & Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Scarlet Macaw colour board at Clever Chameleon Quilting

Have you ever played with texture on a quilt?

3D challenge logo by Island Batik

You know me, I often like to experiment with texture and embellishments in my quilt projects. Quilting is for me where “art meets sewing”. Two itches, one colossal scratching!

So when Island Batik announced that December was 3D month for the 2019 Ambassadors, I was in both ecstasy and agony. Right up my alley…. but, oh! Which alley to choose!?!? Thing is, I just about need a street directory for all my alleys. I didn’t even have to make up any new projects for this challenge, and I still had ...

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November 26, 2019
Peekaboo Penguin! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Peek a boo penguin colour board at Clever Chameleon Quilting

This is the Last Penguin Tease!

I promise! December is just around the corner, so I can show you all of my penguin project very soon. But I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the penguins are done and are ready for their photo shoot.

In other news, I have finished my octopus label for the Safe Harbour Seahorses, and we have a winner for the Blue Sea fabrics offered on the “A Piece Of….” blog hop.

And of course, there’s our weekly party to attend. Happy Tuesday!

Blue Sea Housekeeping

Safe Harbour Seahorses quilt

Do you remember how ...

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November 22, 2019
Love with a Twist: Udderly Unique from Clever Chameleon

Udderly Unique cow balloon appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Holy Cow! We are Finished!!

Love with a Twist is done and dusted! Can you believe it? Last month we finished all the blocks for the Throw size versions of Love with a Twist. However, to complete the Twin size quilt top we need one more block. The last bonus block.

Today we unveil our last block, and it is a balloon cow. Udderly amazing! And a little bitter sweet. It’s been so much fun. Read on to collect your cow balloon appliqué pattern. Also, make sure you’ve collected the whole Love with a Twist appliqué set. They ...

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November 19, 2019
A Sticky Beak: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Blue Pigeons colour board at Clever Chameleon

Are you Blessed with a Stickybeak?

Curiosity!?! Got it here in spades. </p>
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Island Batik’s “A Piece Of” Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Tropical Escape

Last January Island Batik gave me a secret bundle to hold onto till November, it was Tropical Escape shown above. I sat and looking at the bundle of gorgeous fabrics, waiting for them to talk to me. The goal is for me to introduce the Tropical Escape fabric line by making a quilt showcasing as many of the 20 fabrics as possible.

I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s BlockBuster pattern #29 Pointsettia. This block requires the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Split Rects and ...

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November 12, 2019
A Tropical Escape: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Tropical Escape fabric colours from Island Batik at Clever Chameleon

Another secret sewing – this time a pattern in the works

Secret sewing and changes afoot here at Clever Chameleon. Little plans, big dreams and small signs of what is coming and what is hopefully to come. More wonderful quilts on the Island Batik Summer 2019 fabrics blog hop. And our Tuesday Colour & Inspiration party, of course.

Happy Tuesday!

Change is a-comin’

Since I don’t have a lot I can show you this week, now seems as good as anytime to drop some news. The Chameleon is going bush for a year! And not just to the countryside. Remote bush ...

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November 5, 2019
Safe Harbour Seahorses: Island Batik Blog Hop from Clever Chameleon

Blue Sea colour board at Clever Chameleon

Finally! The Blue Sea quilt reveal is here!

And with it, your gateway to a month of eye candy and lots of chances to win luscious latest release batiks from Island Batik. Welcome to Colour & Inspiration Tuesday meets the “A Piece Of….” blog hop!

Island Batik blog hop logo

November is blog hop month for half the Island Batik Ambassadors (specifically, the half who did not hop in August). Our theme this time is “A Piece Of…..”, open to any interpretation we wish. The instructions given were to make a quilt, lap size or larger, showcasing as many fabrics as possible from our allocated collection ...

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October 29, 2019
Love with a Twist: Serene Seahorse from Clever Chameleon

Serene Seahorse colours at Clever Chameleon

Our penultimate balloon appliqué for Colour & Inspiration Tuesday is here!

I’ve been shunning the internet as much as possible this week to work exclusively on my secret sewing Storm at Sea quilt for next Tuesday. But today I will briefly climb down from my hobby horse that has become a bit of a workhorse to bring you a seahorse instead.

Today our very last standard Block for the Throw size Love with a Twist quilt along – Block 9B. If you are making the Twin quilt, there is still one more bonus block to fill out the design. Read on ...

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October 22, 2019
What’s all the stink about?! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Voodoo stink lily colour board at Clever Chameleon

There’s no gilding this Lily!

I don’t, as a general rule, do Halloween. Except for this! This is a Dracunculus vulgaris, a Stink Lily. Also known as a Voodoo lily or Dragon Lily. It grows green and lush in winter from a fascinatingly hideous tuber thing, and has the most amazingly beautiful leaves and dappled stalks. And then it flowers in Spring with huge purple lilies in mid-late October. Just in time for a naturally stunning Halloween display of offensively stinky flowers before it dies back down to avoid the Australian summer.

Don’t let appearances fool you ...

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October 19, 2019
Love with a Twist: Articulate Avian from Clever Chameleon

Articulate Avian balloon parrot appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

The Soul of the Party at Love with a Twist…..

Love with a Twist quilt along button

You know that intolerable squeaky noise that balloons make when they are twisted and folded into shapes? Well, did you know, that’s actually the trapped soul of a departed parrot? The screeching balloon is passing on the parrot’s desire to party one last time before he heads off to wreak havoc in the afterlife. True! </p>
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October 15, 2019
All at Sea: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

All at Sea colour board at Clever Chameleon

…. or perhaps, Teasing You Tuesday

A piece of blog hop with Island Batik

I’ve not a lot to show you today, but I’m teasing you anyway. Since I finished off the turkey, much of my quilting time has been dedicated to secret designing and sewing. This is because the ambassadors who did not do the Island Batik blog hop in August are scheduled on a hop in November. That includes me, and I am slated for early in the lineup. So it is head down, tail up, madly sewing for the Chameleon for the fore-sea-able future. Give or take a couple of balloon animal appliqué pattern ...

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October 11, 2019
Doves of Hope from If These Threads Could Talk

I just finished my “Doves of Hope” quilt and wanted to share it with you.

Deb Tucker designed this quilt for Marie Bostwick’s book “Hope on the Inside”. Deb’s pattern Doves of Hope is a twist on a traditional block titled Dove in the Window. She actually nestled a small dove block inside a large dove block to create a quarter section for each 19½” .

I will be teaching Doves of Hope in January 2020 at Copper Canyon Quilting in Lake Havasu, AZ.

I absolutely love how it came out. I pulled out my Island Batik scraps for ...

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from Clever Chameleon

Happy Thanksgiving table top quilt with turkey at Clever Chameleon

Wishing all my Canadian friends a wonderful holiday for the coming weekend

Australians as a whole don’t do Thanksgiving, although many traditional churches do have a low-key harvest thanksgiving service in our late summer or early autumn. But I like thankfulness, and since it’s likely impossible to indulge in too much thankfulness, the Chameleon and I are getting on the Canadian bandwagon today. Happy Thanksgiving for the weekend and Monday, Canadian friends and everyone!

Canadian flag Clever Chameleon

It wasn’t until last year that I became aware that Canada has its own Thanksgiving Day, separate from the American occasion. And then ...

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