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)

Victoria and Albert fabricsVictoria and Albert batik fabric sample packs up for grabs on the Great Outdoors Island Batik blog hop, here on August 15. One pack will be yours if you can name my quilt. You have until September 6 2018 to enter this giveaway.


For August

August is here with another Beary Colourful Bear…. a yellow-orange bear who is super friendly and would love to meet you.

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!

Victoria an dAlbert fabrics from Island Batik

And there will be a big Great Outdoors blog hop with Island Batik to showcase all their latest fabric releases. You will get the chance to see all the Victoria and Albert fabrics in detail in my garden quilt, plus lots of other delicious fabric lines to ask your local quilt store to stock! My post was on August 15. There will be prizes!

Then there is the Fabulous Freebies Blog Hop hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting.  My stop is on August 23.

And maybe less waffling than usual due to some secret projects that desperately need attention in the background….. but only maybe. hahahahaha

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.

Victoria and Albert quilt by Clever ChameleonGreat Outdoors blog hop with Island Batik

15 August 2018

My quilt is finished and revealed. Come on over to see the Victoria and Albert Fabrics in action, and tell me what I should name this quilt to be in the running to score some fabric of your own.

Dragonfly Disco color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – Dragonfly Disco

14 August 2018

A look at my finished dragonfly appliqués and a reminder to come back tomorrow and see my finished Great Outdoors quilt.

Dragon Dance color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – Dragonfly Dance

7 August 2018

More fun colours, another fun link party and a look at another use I discovered for my new ScanNCut machine. 

Great Outdoors quiltGreat Outdoors Quilt Progress

3 August 2018

Find out where my next quilt is headed and how you will be able to try to win some Island Batik fabric goodies very very soon!

Yellow-orange bear appliqué from Clever ChamaleonYellow-Orange Bear of Loving Friends

1 August 2018

The next bear in the Beary Colourful BOM is available and he is the friendliest bear you will ever meet!

Cheerful Orange color scheme by Clever ChameleonColour Inspiration Tuesday – Cheerful Orange

31 July 2018

Take a look at this little charity quilt and the quilting pattern I tried out on it! Floppy Feathers by Beth Sellers at Cooking Up Quilts. And your first taste of my August Island Batik Ambassador quilt.

Koala snow globeSnow Globe Coaster Tutorial

30 July 2018

A mammoth post on how to make your own snow globe coasters. And a chance to win one if you are quick. Contest closes 2nd August.

Continue reading “Sneak Previews and Latest News”

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.