Clever Chameleon Blog Welcome

Hello and Welcome!

Stepping Out: textile art by Dione Gardner-Stephen. Girl made of geoweb, with zipper, found on the Clever Chameleon blog.
Stepping out into the world wide web!

Clever Chameleon Steps Out

Welcome to the launch of a long-held dream! My all new Clever Chameleon blog and website is a  patchwork and quilt design resource, focused on helping you make your quilts most truly your own. Whether you waYellow and orange chameleon magnet with wobbly eyesnt to find a new pattern, design a pattern, change a pattern or add to a pattern, The Clever Chameleon blog will offer you ideas to give you confidence on your next textile journey. As I explore all sorts of techniques to expand my skills, I will share my journey with you – my quilt story to empower yours.

As my blog expands you  will find:

Why the Clever Chameleon blog?

Improvisational quilt That's Pants by Dione Gardner-Stephen
A quilt made from another quilter’s scraps and then gifted to that person is just one example of a very powerful gift!

Chameleons are one of the best known colour-change-artists. But did you know that that they use colour as a social signal? And that these signals affect other chameleons around them?!  It strikes me that quilters are like this too. We can convey mood and message in our work, through choices of colour, pattern and form. Quilts and textile art pieces convey love, happiness, comfort, thanks, memories, fun and many other things through our design choices. We express ourselves – and in doing so, affect others around us. The clever quilter knows the power of the quilt, and plans their project for the biggest impact. After all (and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you) – quilts are expensive and time consuming to make. So we might as well get the most value for our efforts, right?! Absolutely!

We can all create

So accordingly, the Clever Chameleon blog is a collection of my ideas. thoughts and experiences around designing, embellishing and personalising quilts and textile crafts, laid out especially for you to draw from. I love designing my own work, and I am usually drawn to strong colours and contrasts. So expect plenty of brightness.! I enjoy watching my kids design their own makings and seeing the joy that this brings them. Conversely, I feel disappointed when I hear people say that they don’t do art because they feel that they can’t “draw/create/do art like ….. (insert your favourite excuse here)”. I believe that we CAN all definitely create awesome stuff that makes us joyful on the inside and is meaningful to us or an intended recipient. Some of us may even turn out to be Picasso’s; who knows?! Let’s create joyfully like children before they get bogged down in self-consciousness.

Child's drawing of a house and family
Home is where the art is. Children don’t hold back on their creativity and neither should you!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

I also like writing and teaching ….. so on this blog I am going to gather my thoughts and link in some great resources about improving your quilts and making them truly yours and truly awesome, in the hope that you might learn something that you wanted to know. Maybe even things you didn’t know that you want to know……

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If you hang around here, be prepared to catch the urge to design and personalise your own quilts to make them special. Let me know what topics you’d like to cover. Learn to Colour Your Mood. Let your quilts Brighten Your World. And always Quilt Your Own Story!

Now it's your turn.... what do you think?