Portal to the clever chameleon world of colour

Welcome to Clever Chameleon!

Welcome to the web home of Dione Gardner-Stephen – passionate quilter and textile artist.  Clever Chameleon is the portal to my world of colour and texture……. where you will find my patchwork quilting blog, weekly colour inspiration, a growing quilter’s community and very soon, my patterns and tutorials.  If you love learning and want to challenge yourself to make better quilts with more personal touches, then Clever Chameleon is for you!

Dragonfly free-motion embroidery designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon.com.auEvery quilter has a story

Every quilter has a story, and every story is different. Where did your quilt story start? Why do you quilt? Who do you quilt for? What styles do you like? What colours do you prefer? How big is your stash?! How do you feel about your UFO’s? But most importantly, “What’s next?”!

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Clever Chameleon is here to help you stay excited about the “What’s next?” chapter of your quilt story. Find ideas for personalising your quilts from the first decisions on a pattern, right through to the finishing touches. We’ll explore inspiration for your next colour scheme, ideas for adding textures and understanding design basics. Find out about other quilters and their quilting adventures. I’m hoping you’ll share your experiences and become part of the community too.

Clever Chameleon will help you write your own unique quilting story….. come on in and explore the site. If you are new, you may want to start here. Enjoy the eye candy, tell your friends and share your own experiences. If you are going to quilt your own story, you may as well publish it too!

Soy sauce fish filled with beads on textile artwork by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon.com.au
Always add yourself to your quilts – Embellish Your Quilt Journey!

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See you on the inside!


P.S. Did you know that chameleons use colour to broadcast their mood?! Likewise, your quilts tell people a lot about you – be a clever chameleon and make your quilts tell the right story!

Recent Posts and Latest News

Here’s all the latest news……

Find out what’s happening at Clever Chameleon in a glance….. all the latest news and most recent blog posts in one place.

Valentines Hearts quiltValentine’s Heart Quilt Destash Project Update

9 February 2018

I have decided what to do with my red scrappy heart appliqué blocks. Come on over and I’ll tell you my plans.

Colour Inspiration Collection 5Colour Inspiration Tuesday – Collection 5

7 February 2018

Time to look back at the last 12 Colour Inspiration Tuesdays, and store them away somewhere safely so that we can find them again when we are looking for inspiration.

unfinished quiltsUFO Attack February 2018

4 February 2018 

Join me as I set my One Monthly Goal for February and have a look at the things planned for the coming few weeks.

Blue Bear of High Hopes appliqué from Clever ChameleonThe Beary Colourful BOM – the Blue Bear of High Hopes

1 February 2018

The second pattern for the Beary Colourful BOM is available from the blog today. Join us as we celebrate Blue this month.

Blue Mountains color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – February is Blue

30 January 2018

Soon we will start the second month of the Monthly Color Challenge, so it’s time to look at Blue. Where will blue take you?

Regatta quiltRegatta Quilt Update and Local Quilt Shop Day

27 January 2018

I have a finished quilt top for the Regatta quilt-along, and thoughts are turning to backing. And do you know about Local Quilt Shop Day? If you like having local bricks and mortar quilt shops near you, today is the day to remember that if you want them to stay, you have to support them!

Valentine’s Hearts and time to link up your red creations

25 January 2018

I’ve had so much fun with my improve scrap piecing that these 12 hearts seemed to almost sew themselves! And don’t forget to link up a red creation with the 2018 Color Challenge this week.

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If you have any queries or want to show off your Clever Chameleon creations, contact me.  Send me a message or use the email button at the very bottom. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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