September 2017 Roundup

September 2017 Roundup at Clever Chameleon QuiltingSeptember 2017 Roundup at Clever Chameleon

How did September go for you? I hope you had a good month and managed to fit in some quilting, sewing or other favourite creative pursuit.

At the beginning of this month I signed up for the first time to Elm Street Quilters One Monthly Goal. The idea is that if I have a deadline, things happen. And this month, having a deadline has definitely helped. Because with everything else that has been going on there is no way I would have otherwise touched my nominated UFO this month.

So, for my September 2017 OMG, I set myself the tasks of finishing this patchwork quilt top for my daughter, then getting it basted and stabilised.

Jewel Tone Diamonds quilt in progress
Jewel Tone Diamonds quilt at the beginning of September. Follow the link for a tutorial on sewing the Y-seams on this quilt.

I did mention that I would like to get it quilted, but thankfully I didn’t set that as a goal, because it would have had to be chalked up as a miss. I am not rushing this one. And I definitely ran out of time!

Jewel Tone Diamonds finished quilt top
Jewel Tone Diamonds flimsy before layering, basting and quilting

Even with all those bias edges and Y-seams, the quilt top is pretty square! It will block up nicely. I am very pleased. It must be all the starch I used.

Jewel Tone Diamonds, basted

elephant batik

And here is a small portion of the back after I basted and stabilised with stitch in the ditch quilting along the zigzag rows. How adorable is the fabric my daughter chose for the backing? Elephant batik! Cute!

Jewel Tone Diamonds is a large single (twin) bed size quilt. Hopefully it will last my dear daughter well into her teens once the detailed quilting and the binding are done.

I am linking this post up with the OMG September Finish Link-up. This coming month is going to be too insane to add extra unnecessary deadlines, so sadly I will be sitting out the October One Monthly Goal.

What else has happened at Clever Chameleon in September?

  • We had 3 new Colour Inspiration Tuesdays. On Hoppy Tuesday, we had three colour boards and chatted about frog appliqué quilts. For Strawberry Vines we delved into some free-motion quilting inspiration, and for Hot Chocolate we geared up to join a black, white and colour quilt along (that you also still have time to join – don’t forget to check it out)
Hoppy Tuesday color scheme from Clever Chameleon
Hoppy Tuesday
Hoppy Tuesday color scheme from Clever Chameleon
Hoppy Tuesday
Strawberry Vines colour scheme from Clever Chameleon
Strawberry Vines
Hot Chocolate colour scheme from Clever Chameleon
Hot Chocolate





Hoppy Tuesday color scheme from Clever Chameleon
Hoppy Tuesday







We also had a look back at the next set of 12 mood boards from Colour Inspiration Tuesday, so that we can find them easily anytime. The Colour Inspiration Tuesday Collections are now also available directly from the main website menu. 🙂

Color Inspiration Tuesday collection 2
Colour Inspiration Tuesday Collection 2


  • Jaffas and Cream quit at Clever Chameleon
    Jaffas and Cream quilt

    I also did a lot of quilting (by my standards) this month……. I did two charity quilts. Jaffas and Cream and also Bugs in my Garden. I also had a go at a trapunto design from Geta’s Quilting Studio and made it into a mini quilt. 

Bugs in my Garden
Bugs in my Garden quilt
Dream Big trapunto mini quilt
Dream Big trapunto mini quilt







  • And finally, I wrote up three posts with instructions on how to quilt some of my favourite free-motion motifs:

Strawberry Vines quilting tutorial

There was a discussion (with diagrams) about how to free-motion quilt strawberry leaves, strawberry flowers and strawberry berries on a continuous line of loop-de-loops.

Baking paper quilting tutorial

There was a tutorial on how to use baking paper to quilt designs without marking them, with a downloadable flower template to try.

And I also provided a downloadable template on how to quilt all the critters and garden motifs that featured in my post about Bugs in my Garden free-motion quilting.

Bugs in my Garden quilting
flowers and suns
dragonflies and butterflies
Bugs in my Garden quilting
snails and leaves







All of these tutorials were a lot of fun. If you missed any posts, be sure to check them out!

See you in October!

September was a very busy month at Clever Chameleon for sure. Especially when you add in the things I have also finished in advance so I can still play in blog land with you while we are working away from home.

I hope you found something of worth at Clever Chameleon in September. If you had a favourite post, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful October!

P.S. Linky parties I had a blast at this week:
Quilting Room with Mel, Sew Can Do, Quilt Fabrication, Sew Fresh Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts, Love Laugh Quilt.
Click on the links to find lots and lots of quilt and craft projects from the last week or so.

8 Replies to “September 2017 Roundup”

    1. Glad you like it. My daughter is very pleased with it so far. Now just to think of a good way to quilt it. Suggestions anyone?!

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