Colour Inspiration Tuesday: Hoppy Tuesday!

Why sit on a Lily Pad? colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

Colour Inspiration Tuesday – happy, hoppy colours for all your craft projects!!

Welcome back to Colour Inspiration Tuesday! A Hoppy Tuesday!

Well! There was a fabulous response to last week’s colour boards. And many of you liked my dancing macaw as well. I shall have to pull my finger out and get that appliqué design under way. However, this week is Royal Show week in Adelaide, so there could be a few distractions. The Gardner-Stephen household is celebrating two craft wins this year. More on that when I have photos.

In the meantime, I have gone with the fun critter theme for a second week because I found a number of fantastic frog photos on when I was browsing last.

Don’t you just love these little guys:

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash
Photo by Wayne Robinson on Unsplash
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Have a guess what my next appliqué creature will be after the macaw?! What? A racoon?! Don’t be daft……. hahahaha. 🙂

Colour Inspiration Tuesday – Hoppy Tuesday

Three frogs, three characters, three colour boards today. 

Hoppy Tuesday colour scheme from Clever Chameleon
Why Sit on a Lily Pad?!

Why Sit on a Lily Pad when you can parade around in the lily flower instead?!

Actually, this frog is probably wondering why he can’t just be left to sit in peace in his tank, being a (pet) tree frog and all. But it’s a cute photo, and the purple colour against the yellow is stunning. And surely there no nicer green than tree frog green, is there? It is so ALIVE.


Hoppy Tuesday colour scheme from Clever Chameleon

The second of my favourite frogs looks more at home in his surroundings. Frog King of All He Surveys. I just love his expression and posture. Probably the colours in this shot are not what I would use for a cheeky frog appliqué, but the rest of the picture is perfect inspiration.

Hoppy Tuesday color scheme from Clever Chameleon

Last up, we have the photo that actually started today’s frog collection. I love the “Hoppy Tuesday” colours of this frog, and the background texture of the wood he is sitting on. I can just see in my mind’s eye a cheeky green frog appliqué on a cushion background made of improv piecing in red, brown, burnt orange and tan fabric scraps. 

For a kid’s frog quilt inspiration you might like this blog post about twin girl and boy frog baby quilts at Lo, Ray and Me. 

Or you can follow along with Sandra Healy’s calendar quilt. August’s block featured a cute frog on a lily pad.

frog appliqué
Sandra Healey’s frog appliqué

Not into frogs? (Really?!) Well, its just gone September, so how about some seasonal suggestions instead?

Lily Pad Glow color scheme from Clever ChameleonIt’s officially spring here in Adelaide now. Not that you’d believe it this week with top temps of 14 and 15°C for the next few days. So in the hope that the sun is coming, I will remind you of another lily colour scheme we had a while ago: Lily Pad Glow.

Autumn Splendour colour scheme from Clever Chameleon


Or if you are in the Northern Hemisphere,  fall is on it’s way….. Try Autumn Splendour for a new take on fall colours.


I have already covered this to some extent today, but because I really appreciate the talented photographers who generously donate their art to the world without strings attached, I’m going to tell you again. Today’s photos are from Unsplash is a collection of free, high resolution, “do what you want with” photos. Credit is not required, but it is totally deserved. So I would like you to know that the photographers featured today are David Clode and Wayne Robinson. Be sure to check out their collections of photos on Unsplash.

david clode

Wayne Robinson

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I hop 😉 you found some colour inspiration for your projects or the next chapter of your quilt story in among all these beautiful frogs and Hoppy Tuesday colour boards! Have you ever made a frog quilt? Or maybe you keep tree frogs as pets (lucky you). Let us know all about it in the comments below!

P.S. If you would like to use David’s or Wayne’s photos (or another Colour Inspiration Tuesday photo) for your own projects, you can easily find all the Unsplash photos from Colour Inspiration Tuesday in one place for free in my Colour Inspiration Collection.

P.P.S. Linking up this week with Sew Fresh Quilts. Visit for lots of great quilt inspiration in one place.

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