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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 31, 2019
Update – Honey Bee Variation Quilt – 1948 from Lotus Cove Quilting


You might remember this quilt, that I posted in 2014. It was made in 1948 by my great grandmother, Rose Brown Tague. The traditional honey bee block, in pink and purple, alternates with snowball blocks with green corners. The original post can be accessed under “Family Antiques” in the right-hand column.

I recently found an old photo, taken of my grandmother, Mary Josephine Hamrick Tague, holding nine-day-old me, her first grandchild. Covering her chair is this new quilt, positively dating it to 1948. That’s my father’s writing; he probably took the photo.

1948 sep 10 grandma tague holding jaye bower fish

It would be great if there ...

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January 21, 2019
Basket Project – 2018-19 from Lotus Cove Quilting

It started with a gift exchange at Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. We were to make a small container or basket to exchange with other members at our January meeting. Here’s the one I made for the exchange:











The interior fabric is from Mali, and the handles are riveted-on leather tabs. The pattern I found was so great, I also used it to make some Christmas gifts.


These went to my sister-in-law and husband, to coordinate with her MacKenzie-Childs collection. Handles were made from the same fabric as the binding, with wire inserts.


These cat-themed baskets were gifts for my ...

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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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November 6, 2018
Pick a Pumpkin Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Pumpkin colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

The Pick A Pumpkin blog hop is here!

Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks has organised you yet another fantastic blog hop. This time around the theme is pumpkins…. big pumpkins, small pumpkins, friendly pumpkins, mean ones….. Ok, so she didn’t really give explicit permission to quilt nasty pumpkins, but she did say any quilt, any size – so long as it has a pumpkin on it somewhere. 


Pumpkin Stack color scheme from Clever Chameleon

I really like pumpkins for decorative purposes – so many colours, shapes and textures! Like many Northern Hemisphere seasonal traditions, this is not really a thing we do well in Australia. But I ...

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October 13, 2018
Thankful Wreath Quilt with Sweet Peas from Clever Chameleon

Give Thanks Always wreath quilt concept by Clever Chameleon

Tuesday and a half ago, I said I was starting on a thanksgiving-themed wall quilt in Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics. It’s getting there…..

Blossoms Batik Splash fabrics by RJR at Clever ChameleonWhen my samples of Blossom Batiks – Splash fabrics from RJR arrived in the post, the first thing they reminded me of was sweet pea flowers. Probably because my hubby’s Gran used to grow sweet peas every year, in colours not dissimilar to these. Blue-green leaves and two-tone purple flowers.

And as it turns out, this was a very helpful association to have. Because, as well as the October Beary Colourful bears, I had promised RJR ...

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October 2, 2018
Blossom Batiks Splash: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

Blossom Batiks Splash color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Teal with red-violet and blue-violet. Now I’m inspired!

Have you seen these recent fabrics from RJR Fabrics? Today’s colour board is created from this really beautiful subset of the current RJR Blossom Batiks – Splash collection. Aren’t they glorious?

These colours are consuming a lot of my attention at the moment. Hopefully you’ve caught up with yesterday’s release of the tenth bear in the Beary Colourful BOM…. and saw the blue-violet RJR fabrics used there.  Of course, September’s bear was red-violet. And November’s will be teal. But that’s not where my current obsession ...

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October 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Special Treats Blue-Violet Bear from Clever Chameleon

Blue-Violet Bear of Special Treats appliqué by Clever Chameleon

Healthy Choices Red-Violet Bear made his debut last month…… but what of his non-identical twin, Blue-Violet Bear? Of course, he must be October’s Bear….. the Blue-Violet Bear of Special Treats!

Blue-Violet Bear comes straight after Red-Violet Bear, just like dessert after a healthy meal! You know you want him! He says that after you have taken Healthy Choices Bear’s advice and been good to your body, you should also ignore him and spoil yourself occasionally.

Special Treats Bear is the reminder that “sometimes foods” are actually okay to have sometimes…. after all they are not called “never foods ...

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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 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Healthy Choices Red-Violet Bear from Clever Chameleon

Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices appliqué by Clever Chameleon

Today we truly have a Berry Colourful Bear to add to our Beary Colourful family. Please welcome the Red-Violet Bear of Healthy Choices!

Red-Violet Bear is so bursting full of health and vitality you could probably catch a wellness from this guy! He chooses good healthy food full of vitamins and antioxidants. He chooses clean air, drinks lots of water, exercises regularly. And he knows that treats are only “sometimes foods”. If there is a healthy choice to be made, Red-Violet Ted is all over it like a rash. He is of course too perfect to be true, and can ...

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August 30, 2018
Pantone Ultra Violet All About Angles from Goer

The thread featured in this post was given to me by Aurifil.

Way back in May I made this quilt top as part of the 2018 Pantone Quilt Challenge. This year's Pantone color is Ultra Violet. What a fabulous excuse to make a purple quilt! I opted for a version of my All About Angles.

It was so great to see what everyone did with Ultra Violet for the challenge, which was judged in three categories: Quilts, Mini Quilts, and Just the Top. I'm honored to have received the Judge's Second place prize in the Just the ...

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August 28, 2018
Vibrant Violet: Colour Inspiration Tuesday and Link Party from Clever Chameleon

 Vibrant Violet colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

September and October are going to be Very Violet for the 2018 Monthly Colour Challenge

During September we will celebrate all things pinkish-purple – partying on the red side of violet. And then in October we will even things up with the bluer side of the colour family. All very pretty, to be sure.

Purples are high on my list of colours to feature on a quilt. No difficulties there. But I am a little worried about one thing. I suspect what two months of thinking about soft purples really means is…….  I am going to spend 9 weeks thinking all ...

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August 25, 2018
LSU Memories ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A finish! Wait, a quilt finish! I've actually finished a quilt. This one is a memory quilt made of tee shirts from LSU. Purple and gold again! 

This quilt is to be a gift. A former client returned to request that I make another. I guess I couldn't resist that compliment because I happily took the job.  

I can't seem to just do the easy thing. I have to try something different every time I make a quilt. With this one, I decided to give color blocking a run. Some of the tees had designs on both ...

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August 23, 2018
Fabulous Freebies – Quilt Binding Resources and a Free Appliqué Pattern from Clever Chameleon

Have a Really Great Fall appliqué pattern at Clever Chameleon

Today is the fourth day of the Fabulous Freebies blog hop. Isn’t that Great!?! 

This is the hop where we get to tell you about our favourite online quilting freebies….. resources we have found or written in the past and still love now. And there are plenty of new freebies going around too! This generous hop is hosted by the very interesting, funny and talented Joan of Moosestash Quilting. If you are not already a regular at Joan’s you are missing out, not just on fun quilting banter, but her unique garden and her adorable kittens too. Do ...

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August 1, 2018
Pin It Weekly #251 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Celebration pins

Damask Eggplant Deep Purple Table Runner by DESIGNERSHINDIGS, $15.00

C&J wedding color palette: plum, lilac, gray, gold, cream, eggplant

For more Shabbat Inspiration, visit or follow @ANISHOSHANA on Instagram

Eggplant is a very popular color for wedding decor for 2010. Check out the following ideas for eggplant colored weddings.  Table Settings   ...

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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. 

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June 3, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: P U R P L E from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I may have found inspiration in the color purple already, but the quilt I finished this week really has me thinking purple. Then I looked in to see how much purple I have. 

These are my purple fabrics.
Aren't they nicely organized?

It's not so bad as I thought, though it's plenty of fabric for one color. What was I thinking? Oh, yes, all those granddaughters. That's what I was thinking--the color of bright smiles and sparkly eyes when we discovered a perfect fabric. 

(Source: w-interr, via sparklingspanishwaters)
I must admit, when the girls were with me at a fabric ...

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June 2, 2018
Mrs. Bertha's quilt ~~ a finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just under the wire, too. I've had this quilt top for a couple of months. One of my guild sisters asked me to "quilt it heavily." (She maybe should not have given me an "whenever you can" deadline.) I had great fun as you can see. There are 72 small blocks and every one has a different motif! 

I was getting nervous for bit, then realized that I can make up create design more, which I do anyway. It seemed that my brain was tapped out around number 56 50. 

I looked around and found a couple of inspiring ...

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