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July 26, 2019
Love with a Twist: Nifty Neck Balloon Giraffe from Clever Chameleon

Nifty Neck Giraffe appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Shall I tell you a tall story….?

Sure! Once upon a time, there were two slightly naughty, spotted goats who lived with their grandma in a thatched cottage in a small village. Their names were Girome and Giraldeen, and they were non-identical twins. Girome had already grown a little larger than Giraldeen, and a little bit naughtier too.

Girome and Giraldeen, the balloon giraffes

One day Girome said to Giraldeen, “I spy a new lolly jar! Let’s raid it”. And Giraldeen replied “I like your thinking, but we’re banned from climbing the shelves. Remember?”

“Ahhh…..” said Girome, “But Nan didn’t ban us from ...

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July 19, 2019
Love with a Twist: Wonder Wader from Clever Chameleon

Wonder Wader Flamingo appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

It’s that time again!

My monthly Ambassador challenges are done. Various minor and secret projects are plugging along according to schedule. So my thoughts are free to turn once again to our Love with a Twist sew along. </p>
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June 28, 2019
Love with a Twist: Jolly Jumper from Clever Chameleon

Jolly Jumper balloon frog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

No more Frogs after this for a while, I promise

Jolly Jumper balloon frog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

But seriously, can you resist this face?! This adorably agile amphibian is the second option for Block 4 of our Love with a Twist appliqué series. Which puts him in direct competition with the Duck of Attitude from June 21.

Can you choose? Or do you have to make two throw quilts to fit them both in? Of course you can just opt to make the big twin size one and have them play together. </p>
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June 21, 2019
Love with a Twist: Qwazy Quacker from Clever Chameleon

Qwazy Quacker Duck appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

“A duck walked up to the lemonade stand…..”

Last post, Denise commented that my balloon duck appliqué has attitude. </p>
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June 18, 2019
Rubber Duckie, You’re the One…… Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Rubber duck sculpture colour scheme from Clever Chameleon
Created from a photo by Tonyluichung – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34933222

Rubber Duckie You’re the One…… You make bathtime lots of fun!….

Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of yooooooo-ooooou!

Rubber duck sculpture
By Eva Rinaldi – Rubber Duck, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24788549

Sorry, couldn’t help it…. I’ve been working on the next block for our Love with a Twist quilt along. No prizes for guessing that it’s a duck. And that I have done my appliqué in yellow and orange ...

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May 31, 2019
Love with a Twist: Fabulous Fish from Clever Chameleon

Fabulous Fish appliqués for the Love with a Twist quilt along at Clever Chameleon

Our last Fishy Post for the foreseeable future

We’ve been stuck on the theme of all things aquatic here for a while now, haven’t we? I’m not really sure how that happened…. maybe because ideas spark more related ideas and I have been following the ideas flow a bit more freely than usual lately. Maybe it’s just a bit of good old fashioned coincidence, since Love in the Twist was planned out in January. Either way, I promise we will move on at some point to another topic soonish…. maybe in July </p>
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May 12, 2019
Love with a Twist: Responsible Rabbit from Clever Chameleon

Responsible Rabbit appliqué for Love with a Twist quilt along at Clever Chameleon

Happy Mother’s Day!

Pink frilled tulips

A quick post to wish you a very blessed Mother’s Day. To all the mothers, and to those who fulfil the role of a motherly carer in someone’s life, thank you. If this is a tough day for you in any way, I also especially acknowledge you and wish you a double dose of blessings and much comfort.

Mother’s Day can be a complicated occasion for some, and in my house too. This year Paul and I decided to celebrate alone with our kids early on Mother’s Day Eve to try to ...

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May 10, 2019
Love with a Twist: Rascally Rabbit from Clever Chameleon

Rascally Rabbit appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Wabbit Season!

It’s May, and that means it’s Rabbit Season at Clever Chameleon! Today we have the Love with a Twist junior bunny, Rascally Rabbit. Sweet as they come, and just a little bit cheeky. And totally in love with his Mum.

In a few days time, we will also have a bonus rabbit appliqué… Rascally Rabbit’s Responsible Rabbit mummy. Awwwww, they’re such a sweet pair. It’ll be my Mother’s’ Day gift to you. Keep reading now to collect your first rabbit balloon pdf pattern today, see a preview of Mama rabbit, and find ...

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April 28, 2019
Love with a Twist: Toddling Turtle from Clever Chameleon

Toddling Turtle appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Our second dose of small and cute for April

This month’s second Love with a Twist block is one of my personal favourites. Toddling Turtle. He’s cute, he’s friendly and he doesn’t take long to put together.

arm splint for buckle fracture

And he’s wearing full body-armour, which I think is what I need to install on my 8 year old! This is what happens when you let dads play with their sons unsupervised folks…. a buckle fracture caused by too much fun on the trampoline, followed by an evening in the paediatric emergency dept. Life…. it’s what happens ...

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April 14, 2019
Love with a Twist Bonny Butterfly from Clever Chameleon

Balloon Butterfly appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Small and Cute, that is our brief for April’s Love with a Twist

This month we have two smaller balloon animals to add to our Love with a Twist quilt along collection. But size isn’t everything and variation is key to keeping things interesting. Besides, our next two balloon critters are both super sweet, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. </p>
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March 30, 2019
Love with a Twist Graceful Glider Swan Balloon from Clever Chameleon

Swan Balloon appliqué from the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Autumn is here in Adelaide

The weather here has finally, finally turned. Autumn in Adelaide always gives us some of our very best, most beautiful and serene days, and it’s my favourite time of year weather-wise. It’s calm, gentle and soothing. The gliding swan of the weather world, perfect outdoors weather.

Of course, Autumn weather in Adelaide can hiss and spit too, like an enraged swan. Paul and I deliberately chose Autumn for our wedding many years ago, only to cop weather so bad it nearly cancelled our reception. In our wedding photos I am visibly white from ...

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March 5, 2019
Colour & Inspiration Tuesday: Stops and Starts from Clever Chameleon

Stops and Starts fabric colours by Clever Chameleon

Today’s Inspiration: Rare New Fabrics

In what was an unusual experience for me, I bought new fabric last week. For myself. With my own money. Yup.

Not needing to buy much fabric is both the upside and downside of being a fabric brand ambassador/inefficient sewer combo. Because it means I also don’t get to choose much fabric. So, I felt seriously out of practice walking into my local fabric warehouse with no idea what I really wanted and no third-party constraints on my decisions (except quantity, ha!). What is this odd feeling, called “too many choices”?

Love with a Twist quilt along

In ...

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March 1, 2019
Love with a Twist Kuddly Koala Balloon from Clever Chameleon

Kuddly Koala appliqué for the Love with a Twist series by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Welcome to March!

Let’s begin March with a ‘Bang”! At least, we probably would if this was a real balloon koala. It is so hot here today that balloons taken outside would not last very long at all. Luckily, March’s first balloon animal for the Love with a Twist quilt along is of the more permanent variety and totally chilled. “Kuddly Koala” is not going anywhere, having found the perfect spot to hang out on my Love with a Twist quilts.

Also impatient as he is cute, Kuddly Koala introduced himself early on Tuesday. But now we have ...

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February 26, 2019
Koala Kapers: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Koala Kapers, an appliqué colour board from the Clever Chameleon

What are you up to this week?

I have been doing mostly secret sewing….. lots of fun stuff for Island Batik and a little for a New Zealander designer too, but not much I can show right now.

Love with a twist button

Luckily there is one thing that is 100% mine to show though. I have been working on the first balloon animal appliqué for March. I will say, I have fallen in love with this next block of Love with a Twist…. a Kuddly Koala!

Of course we can take a peek at what others have been working on recently too. There were ...

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February 24, 2019
Love with a Twist Signature Block from Clever Chameleon

Love with a Twist signature appliqué block Lasting Love Balloon by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting

It’s only the 24th of February and I have completed this month’s planned Love with a Twist February blocks. And even better, the patterns too! Wonders never cease!

Today’s Love Balloon pattern is the second option for the large centre block of the Love with a Twist throw size quilts. You’ll also need it for the twin size quilt. It’s an easy block, I think the fastest so far. It only has two fabrics and no extra details to embroider.

Grab your pdf pattern download below, take a quick look at the assembly order and ...

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February 19, 2019
Pigs Might Fly! Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Talk to the Pig mini quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting

Show Your Wings Blog Hop

When Carol from Just Let Me Quilt announced there was a new blog hop coming up in February, I did my usual mental dance with myself. Mature Me said “Nope, you’ve got too many more urgent important things on your plate”. Optimist Me said “But I’ll just do something little…. I’ll squeeze it in”. Mature Me said “Pigs might fly!”. And Stick It to Mature Me Me said “Oooooh….. pigs might fly – that’d fit the theme! Hahahahaha”.

The thought of doing a Pigs Might Fly appliqué motif based on my balloon ...

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February 14, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Pig from Clever Chameleon

February’s first block for the Love with a Twist quilt along is “Happy Hog”, the prancing balloon pig. It seems only fitting to do the pig block next as the first block of the new Lunar year.

Happy New Year of the Pig

Happy Hog appliqué pattern by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Too cute and ready to play, today’s pig balloon appliqué is one of the centre block options for the throw size versions of Love with a Twist. Of course, you will also need to collect Happy Hog if you are making the full twin-size quilt. In the latter, she struts her stuff in the top ...

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January 31, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Dog from Clever Chameleon

Dippy Balloon Dog is the second of our appliqué blocks for the Love with a Twist quilt along. He is a loveable, friendly character with adorable big floppy ears. Awwwww.

Dippy dog, balloon dog appliqué designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen and available free at Clever Chameleon Quilting during 2019.

There are two downloads in this post – make sure you get them both

In this post you will find a downloadable pdf for the shapes and layout to make this charming balloon dog. And a short pictorial on how the parts go together too.

There is also a second downloadable for people wanting to make the dog for the twin size version of the Love with a Twist quilt. For ...

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January 28, 2019
Love with a Twist Twin Quilt Assembly Instructions from Clever Chameleon

Love with a Twist free Sew along at Clever Chameleon 2019

I know I said the Balloon Dog appliqué was going to be the next step in this sew along….

But if you’ve been quilting for any length of time, you’ll know that sometimes projects have their own agendas. And, so it is for this one. The floppy-eared dog appliqué pattern is actually very nearly finished (yay!). But it has been pipped at the post by finished instructions for the twin sized Love with a Twist quilt construction. So let’s roll with it – let’s get the last of the technical details for this sew along out of ...

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January 20, 2019
Love with a Twist: Balloon Poodle from Clever Chameleon

Balloon Poodle appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen at Clever Chameleon

Balloon Animal Block 1A – Pretty Poodle

Love with a Twist 2019 quilt along at Clever Chameleon

Finally, it’s here – the first appliqué for the Love with a Twist quilt along! You will find the free downloadable balloon poodle appliqué pattern within this post. And a short pictorial on how to put it together too.

You know how I have always had every intention of this quilt along being a little relaxed and random in its delivery?…. Well, that is still so. But I didn’t really intend for it to be quite this long between the throw-size quilt construction instructions and the release of Block 1A. Apologies! But with ...

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