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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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July 16, 2019
Always Choose Tropical: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Always Choose Tropical colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Always Choose Tropical

I am slowly working through a huge backlog of blog-relevant news and quilty happenings! I can’t believe July has been such a huge month, it certainly wasn’t forecast that way. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention! Anyway, we’re halfway in, and I still need to post two Love with a Twist patterns (aiming for one on Friday), an unboxing post for Island Batik (next week), and a number of other smaller things I’m messing around with.

But before all that, I really want to give you the lowdown on the Chameleon ...

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July 8, 2019
Success at Festival of Quilts 2019 from Clever Chameleon

"Always Choose Tropical" chameleon quilt at the SA Festival of Quilts. By Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

The Chameleon gets his 15 seconds of Fame!

The Chameleon will have to forgive me for taking so long to get around to making a chameleon quilt now, don’t you think? Not only did I make him a quilt FULL of cheeky chameleons, but I showed it in our local Festival of Quilts, and it won its category’s blue ribbon. That ought to keep him off my case for a while!

The weekend just gone was the annual Quilters’ Guild of South Australia’s Festival of Quilts. After judging, entrants who are successful get a specific invitation to ...

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June 25, 2019
The Colour of Music: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Colour of music colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Today I finished my Island Batik Ambassador project for June </p>
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June 4, 2019
Chameleon Capers – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Chameleon Capers colour board at Clever Chameleon

Finally, a Chameleon quilt in the works!

You’d think, with my love of all things critters and quilting, and an imaginary (shhh, he doesn’t know) Chameleon friend, that I should have/would have done a chameleon-flavoured quilt by now. You’d think. But it’s been over two years now since the Chameleon first took the internet by technicolour storm, and still no chameleon quilt. Not even a chameleon table runner. Awww poor unimpressed Chameleon!

Well, all that is about to change this month. I have until the beginning of July to complete a small quilt that has ...

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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 28, 2019
Tic Tac Toad – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Tic Tac Toad color scheme from CLever Chameleon

An Island Batik Ambassador Quilt Finish

May is drawing to a close – it’s starting to feel more wintery here, and it’s time to show you my finished Island Batik Ambassador quilt for this month. My checkers quilt, Hop to be Square is my Island Batik project for May. I hope you saw last week’s post explaining how the flimsy of Hop to be Square came about…. It was nearly as much of a surprise to me as anyone – it was certainly not the quilt I sat down to make!

Back side of Hop to be Square quilt at Clever Chameleon

Today I get to show you what I ...

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May 21, 2019
Hop to be Square: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Croc colours

Eye’ve got a confession to make

I changed my mind (shock). Several times. (More shock….. you are shocked…… right?!). When I got out of bed on Sunday I was all set to use my sewing time to make a modern quilt for Island Batik and HOBBS. I was going to make a large colourful graphic improv block…. maybe a wonky log cabin or a star. And float it in a big black background ...

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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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May 7, 2019
Something Fishy: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Something Fishy colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Does something smell fishy in your inbox?

Fish balloon

At the risk of sounding obsessed with all things aquatic, yes, we are still on the theme of quilted ponds and fishes and such things here. Partly out of coincidence though….. I have been drawing up the next few patterns for the Love with a Twist quilt along and one of May’s blocks just happens to be the fish balloon. So I still have fish on the brain. But I promise we will surface from our underwater explorations very soon. I think a sweet balloon bunny with his mummy appliqué would be ...

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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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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 12, 2019
Dancing a Jig to a little Ditty: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Ditty fabrics from Island Batik colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

Introducing Ditty

Ditty is the name of one of Island Batik’s latest fabric releases. The colours are as cute as their name… Kind of a pastelly sunset. Actually, I don’t easily recognise them as pastels but I guess that is what they really are, since they are nowhere near colour-saturated. Is there such things as bright pastels? If there wasn’t, there is now.

I received 10″ precut squares of Ditty and two pieces of yardage from the collection in my Island Batik Ambassador allowance. I hope you have been following along and already know what I am ...

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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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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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