2018 Monthly Colour Challenge BOM: Official Launch!!!

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It’s Time!

The 2018 Color Challenge at Patterns by Jen has officially launched and all the important details have been finalised. Here at Clever Chameleon we will be joining in with Jen’s colour challenge with the Beary Colourful BOM in Jen’s monthly colours. 

Beary Colourful BOM at Clever Chameleon

This adventure starts very soon, on January 1. Below is everything you need to know that wasn’t included in everything I already told you on Friday…… If you specifically want to be a part of the free Beary Colourful BOM, read Friday’s post as well.

My Fellow Colour Challenge Bloggers

Apart from Jen Schaffer of Patterns by Jen, and myself, there are six other quilt bloggers who are committed to making this whole-year blog hop an astounding success. They are:

Joanne of Quilts By Joanne
Diane Cullum of Sewing with D


If in doubt, call us all “Jen” – you will have a nearly 50% chance of being right!!! Lol. As it is, when I tell people my name they sometimes think I said “Jenny”. Dione rhymes with Leonne, but there isn’t a lot of phonetic difference between D and J. And Jeonne sounds wrong, so Jenny it becomes…… In contrast, when I write my name, people read Dion or Diane. So there you have it, an impromptu discussion on why my blog has a random name like “Clever Chameleon”, not something like “Dione Quilts”, You may blame my parents, although Dad squarely blames my Mum. 🙂

Anyway, I digress, and I must get to the best part! Sponsors!

Meet the Sponsors

Jen has done a marvellous job in finding sponsors for this colour challenge. I know for a fact that this challenge blog hop was a fairly last minute idea, but look at this line up of sponsors! Details about which sponsors are sponsoring which months will be forthcoming as they are finalised.

And there is a Grand Prize as well!!

For every month you enter the colour challenge link up at Patterns by Jen, you get an entry for the grand prize. Which is to have your quilt top quilted by Jen of Dizzy Quilter! Not to be confused with Jen of Patterns by Jen……

There are a few conditions, understandably. Your quilt top can be up to 90″ x 90″ (US$202.50 value!), you must provide the backing, 8″ longer than width and length. Batting can be purchased from Jen, for $20, if you like.

Return shipping is included for US residents only. And the quilt will not be trimmed or bound, those services are extra. It is a fantastic prize!

Coming Back to Earth….

Tomorrow we will put aside our Beary Colourful excitement for a bit and have a more traditional Colour Inspiration Tuesday. 

Do you remember my Hoya, or Wax Flower? I had a few comments about it seeming so fake. Well, I assure you, not only is it real, but it’s oddity pales into insignificance in light of another Australian flower. The Australian orchid I discovered through our local state Botanic Gardens the other day just cracks me up! But that’s all I’m telling you until tomorrow!

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Beary Colourful – a monthly colour challenge

Beary Colourful BOM at Clever Chameleon

Introducing the Beary Colourful BOM. Happening right here in harmony with the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge BOM at Patterns by Jen

No new sewing to report today, but I have been working on something that has got me grinning from ear to ear. As I mentioned earlier, Jen Schaffer of Patterns by Jen is running a new quilt BOM next year. It is called the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge, and Clever Chameleon is tagging along.

2018 Monthly Color Challenge

At Jen’s blog. at the start of each month, there will be a free pattern for a pieced block. To participate in the colour challenge, you can make Jen’s block or any project you like in the month’s designated colour. There will be links to other 2018 Monthly Color Challenge bloggers to help you with ideas. Or you can create something completely unique. Near the end of the month there will be a linkup to share your creations. There is rumour of prizes.

I will let you know when Jen’s program launches, so you can rush on over and find out all the details. (Update: The sponsors and Grand Prize have been announced, along with how you can be in the running for the prizes.) In the meantime, I want to give you a heads-up on what will be happening here.

The Beary Colourful quilt option

To support Jen’s project and give you another option for participating in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge I have come up with an appliqué BOM that follows Jen’s colour schedule. 

On the 1st of each month in 2018 I will be releasing a teddy bear appliqué  in Jen’s colour of the month. These appliqués are designed so that the set can be used to make a child’s bed-size quilt. Each bear also celebrates a life skill that you might like to bless a child in your life with. 

First up: Red

January’s designated colour is red. So the red teddy pattern will be first. This teddy is celebrating fresh starts and the courage to try new things. He is stepping out with the intention of improving something or discovering something. He has a butterfly on his tummy to remind him to never fear new beginnings or be ashamed to change his path for the better.

Here he is, hoping you might have someone in your life who needs a beary colourful teddy quilt. 🙂

Beary Colourful BOM logo

How it will work

The bear appliqué patterns will be free for you to download here from Clever Chameleon until the challenge is over. These are intended for your own personal use (of course you may sell your one-off handmade quilt or put it in a quilt show with pattern attribution). However,  I do respectfully ask that if you would like to BOM-along with your friends that you share the links, not the downloaded files. Your glad and sincere support of copyright means that I, and others like me, can afford to keep the fun rolling.

red Clever Chameleon logo

If you would like to join in and make a cute, affirming teddy quilt for someone special (and that includes yourself!!) then I’d love to have you along for the ride very very soon! 2018 is just around the corner!!

Don’t forget to follow the Clever Chameleon to make sure you grab all the bear appliqués while they are yours to have for free. And follow Jen as well to make sure you don’t miss any of the instructions for her pieced blocks or the Color Challenge linkups.

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going along smoothly. See you next week!

2018 Quilt Along Directory at Busy Hands Quilts