Joy of Spring by Jackie Perry of Marion, Virginia won Third Place, Merit Quilting, Hand, at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019, and was inspired by an adult coloring book. Along with hand quilting, Jackie incorporated ruching and embellishments.


The 2020 SAQA Annual Conference, moSAiQA, has become a virtual event! And so has the colorful highlight of every conference—the Spotlight Auction.

See a preview of the quilts at saqa.com/spotlight and read on to learn more.

This year, 266 works made and donated by SAQA members from around the world stand ready to be snapped up by collectors. The small-format pieces are presented in an 8 x10-inch mat with a 4.5 x 6.5-inch opening; each quilt is approximately 6 x 8 inches.

Conference attendees normally vie for these pieces in a silent auction held during the conference banquet.  But this year, bidders worldwide are invited to join in the spirited auction via Bidding Owl, a charity auction site. You do not have to be a SAQA member to bid. Bidding is open now. The opening bid for any quilt is $20, with $10 increments thereafter. You can see the quilts and find the link to register to bid at saqa.com/spotlight.

The quilts are arranged into sections called tables, much like they are presented during a live auction. This year, there are eight virtual tables and each has a different end time. Tables 1 through 4 will close every 30 minutes tonight from 7:30-9 p.m. EDT; Tables 5 through 8 will close between 7:30-9 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Saturday, March 21. Before you bid, you will need to register through Bidding Owl, so plan your time accordingly.

Shipping costs are added to your winning lots. For up to five pieces, shipping to the United States and Canada is $15. Shipping to other countries is $30 for up to five pieces.

Once the bidding is over, winning bidders receive automatic email notifications with instructions on how to check out. If you are bidding on multiple pieces, please wait until all the tables close before starting the checkout process.

Below are a few of the many quilts up for bid in the 2020 Spotlight Auction. The Quilt Show is a sponsor of SAQA’s moSAiQA conference, originally scheduled to be held in Toronto.


Gerrie Congdon

Over the Rainbow Condos


Mary Pal



Maryte Collard

Broken Ice


Margaret Blank

When I Look Up: December


Susan Brewer

Unity, Tolerance, Peace 


Susan Redhead



Cindy Bartosewcz

Little Things


Libby Cerullo

Aurora 5, Tree Portrait Study     


People have asked Ricky to teach this course and now he can. Many of these tips and tricks are easy...if you just had someone to show you. He has created an online Smart Phone Photo Class that gets you right to what you need to know. This class would normally run for nine weeks, but due to our stay-at-home situation, he’s going to roll out the classes each Sunday and Thursday. There are special prices if you sign up now. Get all the details, watch the video and register at www.photoclassforyou.com
Early Birds are $84 through March 21, 2020.
After March 21, $99.
First Class is March 26, 2020.
Limited enrollment - Sign up now!


 Come here and start the video below. You can watch Alex live on Facebook or right here in this blog. Alex is back and ready to teach. She has talked about neutrals, fabric combinations, and today she talks about using solid fabrics. Plus there will be a quilt showing, and some hints about a sew-along on Saturday. FUN!


Alex Anderson asks the big question. Will there be a Paducah Quilt Show in 2020? The answer from Meredith Schroeder and Bonnie Browning is a big yes and tell us when it is scheduled. They also tell Alex there will be a big announcement today March 19, 2020,


Alex Anderson visits with Victoria Findlay Wolfe as she adjusts to the life's new rules. Her approach to keeping creative has inspired Alex. Victoria is definitely a muti-tasker with many irons in the fire. Join Alex as she hears the story and visits the studio of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.


Alex LIVE Wednesday

In today's environment, many of us have been asked to self-quarantine to defeat this vicious virus. We understand that as creatives, we all need to keep creating and Alex wants to help. Go to our Facebook page Wednesday at 10am Pacific Time (12 CST  1pm EST) 5pm London.

Today, Alex will talk about Successful Fabric Combinations. If you miss it, just click the Watch the Video button. Let's all come together, keep safe, and keep creating. It's a great time to binge watch past Quilt Shows you've missed. Alex will have some suggestions. It's all in fun and for learning and supporting each other.

Did you miss Monday? It was on neutrals.

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If you are not on Facebook, you can see the LIVE on our channel on YouTube. 

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We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the fifth quilt from the exhibition by Rita Trumbull.

Title of Quilt: Sodalite Cabins

Quilter's Name: Rita Trumbull

One of the blessings of traveling around the country is being able to meet other stitchers. I remember in early 2019 meeting Ariane Zurcher at a Sue Spargo workshop. It was one of those stitching ah ha moments where you are in the presence of someone you know gets it...where the creative and the technical meet. I was at a different table but could see Ariane in action with piles of fabrics and threads. I admit, I was curious and at the same time already in awe.
After all, she had brought her project from a previous workshop! That workshop included a field trip to the Santa Fe Art Museum, where you were to look for something that would be the inspiration for your art piece.
This was her inspiration...
With this as a starting point, she went on to create an art piece about her family history. It was stunning!
Now I may be bragging a bit here, but I feel like I can read people pretty darn well and I came away from this first meeting with a sense that Ariane would become a special person in the stitching world. And boy was I ever right! With the encouragement of Sue Spargo, she decided that the stitching world needed some left handed support and launched her own YouTube Channel! On The Other Hand. What is wonderful about her channel is that it may be a technical channel on left handed stitching, but it also is an inspiration of ideas for us right handers!!!
I hope you will take the time to check out her channel and subscribe...the more we learn, the more we stitch...the more we stitch, the less anxious we are!

Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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International Quilting Weekend - March 20-23, 2020

If over 25 FREE shows isn't enough to celebrate IQW (click here to see what we mean). Author Marie Bostwick, of the Cobbled Court Quilt Series, is sharing 10 more ways to celebrate International Quilting Weekend, including signing up for a class or retreat. Well, you can take classes right here at TQS for FREE. There is something for everyone!

How about a Beginning Quilting class taught by Laura Nownes where she walks you through the entire process of creating a quilt? Click here.

Maybe a Hand Quilting class with Alex? Click here.

Machine Quilting Ruler Mastery with Gina Perkes? Click here.

How about How to Use Color in Your Quilts with Jinny Beyer? Click here.

And Ricky shows you how to make a Colorful Rhapsody quilt in his classroom. Click here.

Click here to see all TQS Classrooms.

Click here for all of Marie's suggestions.

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