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September 13, 2019
How to Square Up Hourglass & Pinwheel Blocks: No special ruler required! from Cut Stitch and Piece

This post is a supplementary tutorial for the Shortcut Block Calculator. When using the shortcut methods to make Hourglass and Pinwheel blocks, you often have to "square up" the block to the correct size you need. If these blocks are not squared up properly, you will end up with very wonky looking squares that will only be good for the scrap pile. In this post, I'll show you a simple

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September 12, 2019
Introducing My SHORTCUT BLOCK CALCULATORS from Cut Stitch and Piece

I love using quilt block shortcuts but my brain really doesn't do well with numbers. So, I started looking for an easier way to get the measurements for my parent squares without the hassle of math. At first, I thought of having an app made but that would run somewhere around $20,000!! I finally decided to make the calculators online. They are so easy to use and I get my results instantly!!

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August 31, 2019
Shine Bright: an Island Batik quilt finish from Clever Chameleon

Shine Bright quilt as a bed runner at Clever Chameleon

I was beginning to think this poor project was slightly cursed!

The advice on this beautiful little quilt reads “Shine Bright”. There were times, however I felt like it should have read more along the lines of “Burn, Sucker!”. haha In short; the quilt is finished and it is good. Actually, it’s really lovely. It is exactly what I wanted and needed. The journey, however, was blessed with a few unwanted twists and turns. The long version of the story goes as follows……

Shine Bright inspirational wall quilt at Clever Chameleon

It seemed every time I settled into this project, something random happened to stop me getting ...

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August 20, 2019
Victorian Lace: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Victorian lace quilting design with crazy patchwork colour board at Clever Chameleon

Tackling a UFO from the Victorian Era!

Not really. </p>
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August 2, 2019
Wonky Stars – Bright Beginnings from Clever Chameleon

Wonky Stars quilt flimsy first section

This month I am getting into my Island Batik Ambassador challenge really early. What a Star!

If you think that the enthusiasm is caused by new supplies, you’d be spot on! A new box of goodies from Island Batik always gets the creative juices flowing. The Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for me for August is to make a project featuring a star block of my choosing. I have long wanted to do something with wonky stars, so now is the time.

Blueberry Patch fabric collection by Island Batik.

I’ve already finished my August flimsy, and I didn’t even change my mind about what I ...

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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
How to Make French Fold Binding from Cut Stitch and Piece

French Fold binding is one of the most popular quilt bindings and for good reason. Because the fabric is doubled, French Fold binding creates a durable edge for your quilt. It's particularly good for quilts and quilted items that are going to get a lot of laundering. It's a very simple binding to make. I use it on all my quilt projects. If you want to add a little flair to your

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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 11, 2019
Sew Melodic: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Sew Melodic colour scheme from Clever Chameleon
Try it button

June is “Try It” month for the Island Batik Ambassadors, where we get free rein to choose a technique that we haven’t done before and give it a whirl on any project. New technique, Island Batik fabrics; that’s it for the rules.

So, I thought – “It is about time I tried the traditional method of paper-piecing”….. you know the one….. the method with the actual foundation paper. </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 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 23, 2019
Be a Diamond Frog Hop (Colour & Inspiration Tuesday) from Clever Chameleon

Pond Life quilt colour board from Clever Chameleon

Frog hop, Blog hop…..

This week is the Be A Diamond blog hop with Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. And today is my day to add to the sparkling quilt line-up. If you are new here… I am very hoppy to meet you. If you are back for your usual dose of colour, quilts and absurdity….. well, you are a true diamond. Happy hoppy Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, my friend!

Either way, come on in. Let’s talk diamond(ish) quilts today!

Be A Diamond blog hop with Just Let Me Quilt
Crazed Diamonds quilt flimsy by Clever Chameleon

When Carol of Just Let Me Quilt put out her invitation to the Be A Diamond blog hop ...

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April 7, 2019
Green Hearts 4 Christchurch – Finished Flimsy from Clever Chameleon

Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt. Green nine-patch quilt with pieced appliqué hearts at Clever Chameleon.

Green Hearts for the Healing Hearts for Christchurch Project

A quick post to mark a quick flimsy finish. My Green Hearts 4 Christchurch quilt top is finished. I like it – it was a great way to use up some fabric scraps. Admittedly it’s no show quilt – it was made in a mild hurry by two people of very different sewing styles on two very different machines. But it is filled with caring, and it is very calming in colour and form. It has already performed some significant soothing during its construction – hopefully it will continue to weave its magic ...

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April 2, 2019
Green Hearts: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Green patchwork colours at Clever Chameleon

Green for Solidarity and Caring

Several days ago I found out about the Healing Hearts for Christchurch initiative. It is a drive to make and distribute quilts to the people most affected by the recent terror attack in Christchurch.

I decided that I would like to support this group of caring quilters on their quest to show love, respect, acceptance, and support to those affected within the Muslim community. They are also reaching out to the first responders, emergency services personal and ongoing support workers of Christchurch. So today, my friend Susan and I started turning our green fabric scraps ...

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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 24, 2019
Crazed Diamonds Quilt Top Finished from Clever Chameleon

Crazed Diamonds finished quilt top at Clever Chameleon

Crazed: characterized by a network of fine cracks….

I’m naming my latest Island Batik challenge quilt “Crazed Diamonds”. I think that speaks well to both the crazy quilt heritage and the modern outcome of this quilt design. And possibly my wider quilting life too… </p>
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