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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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!

Sneak Previews and Latest News

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What can you expect on the Clever Chameleon Blog, and when? Be the first to know when new adventures are planned on Clever Chameleon!

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

Nothing happening in this space right now – stay tuned!

For April

Love with a Twist BOM at Clever Chameleon

We have our very own exclusive BOM here at Clever Chameleon for 2019. Love with a Twist is a free bi-monthly block-of-the-month based on lots of fun balloon animal designs. There are options to make a lap size or twin size quilt and plenty of bonuses along the way!

Clever Chameleon weekly linky party

Colour & 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!

Island Batik/Accuquilt challenge

April’s Island Batik Ambassador project theme is “Ready. Set. GO! – a joint challenge with Accuquilt”. Make a baby quilt using the Accuquilt GO! cutter and Accuquilt dies. Too much fun!

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.

Graceful Glider Swan appliqué for the Love with a Twist quilt along

appliqué swan at Clever Chameleon

30 March 2019

The sixth block for the Love with a Twist quilt along is here. Add your graceful swan to your balloon appliqué collection.

Vintage Cat: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday

Vintage Cat colour scheme at Clever Chameleon

26 March 2019

Inspired by cats of antiquity and cats of modernity today. Do you know who Danny Amazonas is? You should! Let me introduce you…..

Crazed Diamonds Quilt Top Finished

Crazed Diamonds quilt top finished

24 March 2019

My March ambassador challenge quilt top is done and named. Crazed Diamonds has worked out really well. Now just to come up with a quilting plan!!

Crazy Coral – Colour & Inspiration Tuesday

Crazy Coral colour board at Clever Chameleon

19 March 2019

My March project is really pretty. Have you been following along with my process? Check out my modern take on the vintage Crazy Quilt fad.

Sew Succulent: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday

Sew Succulent colour board at Clever Chameleon

12 March 2019

These are the colours I am working to for my March Island Batik Ambassador challenge. Take a closer look!

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Contact Me

Clever Chameleon logo from contact pageStay in touch!

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.