How the Benefit Auction Works

The Auction is run in three sections for 6 days each, with a special section accompanying the International Quilt Festival in Houston (Houston quilts are selected by a committee).

Bidding Guide and Auction FAQs »

New for 2015:
ALL Benefit Auction quilts will be available for $1,000 each on September 18 as part of a Diamond Day promotion. This early bidding window will remain in effect until September 21 at 1:30pm EDT. After this time period, bids can only be placed on the Section-specific quilts (see grid below).


Bidding Form

SAQA 2015 Benefit Online Auction Pricing
prices change at 2 pm edt

  $1000 $750 $550 $350 $250 $150 $100
Section 1 Sept 18 Sept 21
Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26
Section 2 Sept 18 Sept 28 Sept 29 Sept 30
Oct 1
Oct 2
Oct 3
Section 3 Sept 18 Oct 5
Oct 6
Oct 7
Oct 8
Oct 9
Oct 10
Section 4
Sept 18

Oct 28-Oct 30: $150* Oct 31-Nov 1: $100 *

* IQF – Houston In-Person Prices at the SAQA Booth
Buyers may take their quilt when purchased


Additional Notes:

NO BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED BETWEEN 1:45pm EDT and 2:00pm EDT. Any Bids placed during this time period will be ignored. 

The shipping and handling fee will be a flat rate for up to seven pieces at a time on any given date. If you want to bid on more than seven pieces or you want to bid on more than one date, you will be charged shipping and handling each time.

Shipping and handling within the United States -- $12; International shipping and handling -- $30. Shipping will be via USPS Priority, insured mail.

Purchase will be by credit card only. The bid form will be time-stamped and sequentially numbered - if more than one person submits a purchase form at the same time, the lowest numbered form will be the accepted buyer.

SOLD notices will be posted as quickly as possible. The donor artists will be informed who purchased their artwork after the auction is complete.

Pieces not reaching the reserve price of $100 will be sold in the SAQA Store through December 2015 (during the Holiday Sale, Auction Quilts will be sold for $75).

All unsold quilts will either be returned to the artist or to a participant in the Art Swap program.