SAQA Benefit Auction 2018 by Maria Shell


One of my favorite things about SAQA is the 12’’ x 12’’ Benefit Auction. When I first became a member, I would spend hours looking at the SAQA auction pieces, visiting the artists’ websites, and planning my bidding strategy.

Leigh Layton’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt

It was as if I had opened the gate to some sort of magical kingdom where eye candy was a top priority.

I now have a collection of more than 36 pieces. Each one is special to me for a different reason. When I taught in China, I took my collection with me. My students were wowed by the potential of our medium.

It really is a great way to learn more about the artists and artwork of the members of SAQA.


It took me several years to get up the nerve to donate to the auction, but I am very glad I did. Donating a quilt took my auction experience to a new level. Now I have collectors!

Susan Rienzo’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt

I have personally engaged with each individual who has purchased one of my quilts for their collection. This is a great experience for a newer quilt artist to have. Learning how to engage with potential buyers of our work is an essential aspect of being an artist.

If you have never donated before, I hope this is the year.

Betsy Vinegrad’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt

Donating puts your quilt in front of art quilt admirers from around the world. The SAQA website is THE art quilt destination online. Last September (during the 2017 Auction), the SAQA website had almost forty thousand unique visitors. The section of the website visited most often? Artwork!

Katherine Dossman’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt


The money raised by your 12’’ x 12’’ benefit auction quilt will be used to fund SAQA exhibitions and outreach programs. This includes sixteen traveling exhibitions that SAQA is currently exhibiting around the world in museums,  galleries, and quilt festival venues. 

Karol Kusmaul’s 2018 Benefit Auction Quilt

Donations for the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction must be received by June 1, 2018. Get all the details here

Jeanne Marklin’s 2018 Benefit Auction Piece

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to share your art and support the mission of SAQA.

Thank you for creating & donating! 

Genevieve Attinger’s 2018 Benefit Auction Piece

PS–What if the quilt you want to donate is not 12’’ x 12’’? I have a great solution for you—donate it to the Texas Quilt Museum. You can find more information here.

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