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, opportunities to show your quilts, free patterns and tutorials, a growing quilter’s community and very soon, my commercially available patterns.  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. Subscribe to blog posts to make sure you don’t miss anything. 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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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!

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Don’t Forget to Enter (what you can win at Clever Chameleon and how)

Make sure you enter for November’s prize in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge.

For November

November is here with another Beary Colourful Bear…. a blue-green bear who wants you to chill out and relax.

Clever Chameleon weekly linky partyColour Inspiration Tuesday……. coming every Tuesday this month! From now on, Colour Inspiration Tuesday is also a linky party…. let’s see your quilts and see if you can turn the Chameleon’s colours on!

This month’s Island Batik Ambassador project theme is “Cozy Cabins – Log Cabin Challenge”.  I am making a log-cabin based labyrinth quilt.

We have the Pick A Pumpkin blog hop hosted by Carla of Creantin’ in the Sticks.

And I still have another project cooking….. a gratitude wall quilt with RJR fabrics. If you like Sweet Pea blooms, this one is definitely for you.

All the other 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.

Cosy Cabins: Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for November

11 November 2018

A fun new quilt design appearing in real time at Clever Chameleon. Don’t miss this post full of colour and silliness.

Colour Inspiration Tuesday:  Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop

6 November 2018

Head on over to this post for a tutorial on how to make yourself some new coasters in bright fall colours. And check out the whole pumpkin-themed quilt blog hop.

Blue-Green Bear of Taking Time Out

1 November 2018

The next bear in the Beary Colourful BOM is available and he wants to find time to relax and recreate. How do you take time out?

Succulent Blue-Green color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday: Succulent Blue-Green

30 October 2018

The colour for November  in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge is blue-green. Teal, aquamarine, turquoise  – I love all shades of blue-green!

Peacock Feather Batik color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday: Peacock Feather Batik

23 October 2018

These beautiful colours are inspired by a fabric I chanced upon while out shopping. November’s Teal Bear is going to feature this fabric and you can have some!

Dragonfly pillow by Dione of Clever ChameleonPaper Pieced Dragonfly Pillow

20 October 2018

My Island Batik Ambassador project for October had to incorporate paper piecing. So I made this pretty pillow for my daughter and decorated it with a dragonfly, using organza for the wings.

Ever used foil before to prepare appliqué or paper piecing?

16 October 2018

Yesterday I was very excited to try out foil for preparing my EPP pieces and I think I have just found a cure for my dislike of this slooooow technique! Wish I had known this a long time ago! Oh yes and  of course it’s a Colour Inspiration Tuesday.

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Contact Me

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If you have any queries or want to show off your Clever Chameleon creations, contact me.  Send me a message here or use this email address. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

My hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9:30), excluding Australian and South Australian Public Holidays.


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Clever Chameleon is always happy to receive enquiries about retailing or teaching Clever Chameleon Design patterns.