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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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.

She'll be Apples color scheme from Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – She’ll be Apples

16 January 2018

Today we take a look at my latest charity quilt. I decided to cover it with apple motifs. And I have drawn out the apple shapes so you can quilt them too.

Valentine's Heart quilt block from Clever ChameleonFrom the Sewing Room – Valentine’s Heart

15 January 2018

Today I share how I am using my scraps and stash to make a scrappy heart quilt. This post is part of a wider blog hop on stash-busting your craft room, so don’t forget to check out lots of other ideas in the linkup at the end of the post.

Regatta Quilt updateRegatta Quilt Update and Red Bears Galore!

11 January 2018

Do you ever find, the less urgent and less important a quilt project is, the more attractive it is to work on?! That has been my struggle for much of this week. The Regatta Quilt, which is supposed to be my project for weary evenings and small slots of otherwise wasted time, has been calling to me…. “Sew me….

Lovely Leucadendron color scheme from Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – Lovely Leucadendron

9 January 2018

Today’s Colour Inspiration Tuesday mood board and quilt layout is inspired by the leucadendron plant of South Africa. Leucadendrons grow well in Adelaide, being closely related to several families of our own native plants. But I have never seen a leucadendron in these colours before. Simply lovely!

bear with button eyesBeginner’s Tips for the Red Bear of New Beginnings

5 January 2018

If you don’t want to free-motion appliqué the bears from the Beary Colourful BOM, but would rather use a more traditional appliqué method, you may want to consider these options to assist you.

Regatta Quilt ideaJanuary Goals and Regatta Quilt update

3 January 2018

For my OMG this month I am nominating my first charity quilt of the year. And I give you an update on my intentions for the Regatta Quilt sew along.

News Flash!!!! Incoming Island Batik Ambassador!

3 January 2018

I am going to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018! Super duper excited!!!! The Clever Chameleon is very very happy to be going to play with the gecko and have access to some of the best and brightest new batik fabrics on offer this year!

How to make the Red Bear Block from the Beary Colourful BOM

2 January 2018

Today we look in detail at how I constructed the Red Bear block, with lots of tips on how to make your own.

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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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