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, 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!

Latest News

Here’s all the latest news……

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

Bugs in my Garden FMQ designsFrom the Sewing Room – Bugs in my Garden free-motion Quilting designs for a child’s quilt

22 September 2017

Today we are looking at bug and garden free-motion quilting motifs for a relaxed and friendly child’s quilt. This post includes a downloadable pdf showing you how to quilt the Bugs in my Garden set of designs. You can use these motifs in almost endless combinations to personalise all sorts of projects. Come join the fun! 

Dream Big mini quiltFrom the Sewing Room – Big Dreams Trapunto Mini Quilt Finished

20 September 2017

How do you hang your mini quilts? Today I am testing an adhesive picture-hanging product to hang my Dream Big mini quilt from last week. So far the hangers seem to be performing well. Come on over to my blog to find out what I used, and tell me what method you use. I’d love to know.

Strawberry vines color scheme from Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – Strawberry Vines

19 September 2017

Today we have the “Strawberry Vines” colour scheme and an accompanying free-motion quilting motif to try. “Strawberry Vines” is a green, yellow and pale grey-blue colour palette. The pretty Strawberry Vines quilting motif includes berries, flowers, leaves and runners. The perfect finishing touch for a quilt in summer colours, red, green and pinks, or pastel tones.

From the Sewing Room – Trapunto and Free-Motion Quilting

14 September 2017

This week I tried out a machine trapunto quilt method, and have detailed all my steps and reflections for you to learn from. Original design by Geta Grama.

colour palette collection by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday Collection Number 2

12 September 2017

We’ve come to that place where there are enough colour ideas in the Colour Inspiration Tuesday series to warrant another reference page for easy access! Looking for some colour inspiration? This is a great place to start browsing.

cheeky owl cushionCheeky Pirate Owl Appliqué Cushion takes a blue ribbon at the Royal Adelaide Show

8 September 2017

Also, have a look at a few of the best quilts from this year’s quilt competition. Continue reading “Latest News”

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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.

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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