SAQA Benefit Auction–Week 3 Update

Section 3 is open for bidding

After two weeks of bidding, the 2018 SAQA Benefit Auction has raised over $48,000 for our exhibition and outreach programs! All the remaining Section 1 & 2  quilts are available for sale in the SAQA Store

Section 3 quilts are available for bidding this week, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week to a final price of $100. Prices change each day at 2pm EDT (GMT -4).

Here are just a few of the great pieces up for bidding.

Deidre AdamsJenny Bowker Harriett RynberkGail Ramsay

Benefit Auction Stories

Below are some more stories from our auction donors. We hope you are enjoying reading more about their creative journeys! All these pieces are included in Section 3 and are available for bidding this week!


Laurie Russman
Redding, Connecticut

When I sat down in my studio to design this year’s contribution, Stormy Daniels was completely dominating the news cycles. So, in tribute, I browsed radar images of hurricanes on the weather app and had fun creating my own “storm” in my favorite neon palette with silk/cotton, hand-dyed cotton, MistyFuse and lots of Aurifil thread (swirling lines of stitching to suggest lots of motion).


Betsy Vinegard
Short Hills, New Jersey

Little Kites was created for of a design challenge to make block with only 3 lines. Using Electric Quilt design software, I drew a random triangle within a square, then set it into an irregular grid. To add more movement, every other block was flipped horizontally and rotated 90 degrees. From the software I was able to print paper piecing patterns for each row, eliminating bulky seams between blocks. I quilted it with straight lines radiating from one corner to the outside edges.  I like to try out patterns in a small scale to see if it works. Later, I made much larger version.


Martha Ressler

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Winter seemed so very long last year. Walking my country road in March, I noticed that my neighbor’s giant forsythia seemed a welcome blaze of fire. It made me feel that spring could not be far behind.


Jay Dodds
Fort Worth, Texas

I was just so pleased with my ice dyeing experiement, that I wanted to keep it as a whole cloth. I am totally crazy about photographs from NASA—nebulas, shooting stars, and planets, etc. I also love doing French knots, All these elements came together in this year’s auction quilt.


Judith Trager
Boulder, Colorado

FULL MOON IN FIRE SEASON was born with the realization that we are always in danger of fire in the West. Smoke veils hang over the valleys and cling to the mountain sides. Winds push the smoke thousands of miles from West to East, forcing us to realize the interconnectedness of danger to the land and it’s people.


Thanks to all the artists that participated!

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