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.

Quilted Drum Christmas Tree Ornament – Tutorial and Blog Hop

16 November 2017

This year I challenged myself to join in an Ornament Exchange where each participant had to design an ornament, write a tutorial for it and send it to a blogging partner. It was so much fun. I really love my new creations….. and the ornaments coming my way too!

Colour Inspiration Tuesday – English Broom

14 November 2017

This pretty bush had me fooled…. I had hoped it might be native. But even noxious weeds can come in inspiring colours.

Colour Inspiration Tuesday – Poolside Fun 

7 November 2017

The new colours at our outdoor pool have got me in the mood for a summer picnic!!!

Vanuatu Turtle Quilt Progress for the Splash of Color QAL

6 November 2017

I have finished the tricky design stage of my black, white and red quilt for the Splash of Color QAL. But have I over-engineered it?!

pink and green charity quiltOne Monthly Goal – November 2017

2 November 2017

This month I plan to finish this pretty pink and green charity quilt with my strawberry vines FMQ motif. Find out what else is happening at Clever Chameleon.

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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 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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