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The SAQA Benefit Auction returns this Friday!
SAQA’s annual Benefit Auction is back! The 2020 edition of this exciting online fundraiser takes place September 11, 2020 to October 4, 2020 with nearly 500 art quilts made by SAQA members from around the world available for bid. Proceeds support SAQA’s many programs, including exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.
 
This year’s auction will unfold on the Handbid platform. A  link to that site and details on how the Benefit Auction works are available at saqa.com/auction. To bid, you will need to preregister by setting up a Handbid account.
 
The auction kicks off this Friday with Diamond Day, when any quilt is available for $1,000 and the first bidder wins. Beginning next Monday, the reverse auction is divided into three sections, with a new one opening each Monday at 2 p.m. EDT (GMT/UTC -4). Bid prices start at $750 per quilt and drop each day at 2 p.m. EDT until they reach $100 on Saturday. Throughout the auction, you can purchase a quilt in a later section with a buy-it-now price of $1,000.
 
Each 12 x 12-inch work is as individual as the artist who created it. This year’s record-setting number of quilts provides an amazing variety of themes and styles: abstract and geometric, portraits and wildlife, social statements and quirky wonders.
 
Several artists used the COVID-19 pandemic as their theme, including Jayne Bentley Gaskins, who donated Remnants of Care, and Susan Shie, who created Coronavirus Haiku. Other artists provided a reminder of the power of nature, including Elaine Quehl, who made Reflection, and Cat Larrea, who designed Through the Forest. Variety and creativity are also evident in pieces such as Alice Beasley’s In a Day’s Work, Candice Phelan’s Ocean Sunset 1, Jo Noble’s A Matter of Perception, and Ana Buzzalino’s Circles of Red. A playful yet thoughtful vibe is found in Bodil Gardner’s Woman Of The Year 2020, Karen Miller’s Yukata and Sandy Snowden’s Ramshackle: Distancing. A perceptive closeup is offered by Fuzzy Mall with Look Up (Self Portrait).
 
The SAQA Benefit Auction is an opportunity to snag a piece by a favorite artist or to discover the work of someone new to you. All of the quilts provide inspiration and can be viewed on the SAQA website. While viewing the quilts, get into the spirit of collecting them by designing your own eight-piece Dream Collection to be posted on the website.
 
The best way to win one of these art quilts is to be prepared. As you peruse the pieces, make a bidding list. Since the first person to place a quilt in their shopping cart wins the quilt, action can be fast and furious, especially as prices drop. Be ready to win your favorite by registering now for your Handbid account through saqa.com/auction.
 
Note: After the auction, remaining quilts will be available for purchase on the SAQA website for $100 until mid-December.
 
Reflection by Elaine Quehl
 
In a Day’s Work by Alice Beasley
 
Remnants of Care by Jayne Bentley Gaskins
 
Coronavirus Haiku by Susan Shie
 
Through the Forest by Cat Larrea
 
Ocean Sunset 1 by Candice Phelan
 
A Matter of Perception by Jo Noble
 
Circles of Red by Ana Buzzalino
 
Woman Of The Year 2020 by Bodil Gardner
 
Yukata by Karen Miller
 
Ramshackle: Distancing by Sandy Snowden
 
Look Up (Self Portrait) by Fuzzy Mall
 

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Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops . . . What’s YOUR favorite dinosaur? These amazing reptiles fascinate young and old alike and are a great pattern to embellish your quilt blocks and borders.

Let Lori Kennedy at WeAllSew show you how to "go Jurassic" on your next kids quilt.

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While looking at the antique quilts, Joe Cunningham noticed that this quilter used applique in an abstract way. You can see what he is talking about in the detail of the quilt below. Learn more of what Joe is inspired by in these antique quilts brought to Alex's house by Julie Silber in Show 2706.

 

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This adorable dog is enjoying his day in the sun. It's Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

See Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

Want to learn how to make your own animal portrait? Learn how from Barbara in Show 1905: Animal Portraits.

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 35 Pieces Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 100 Pieces Rotating

SunWorshipbyBarbaraYatesBeasley - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Gregory Case

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This adorable dog is enjoying his day in the sun. It's Sun Worship by Barbara Yates Beasley.

Want to learn how to make your own animal portrait? Learn how from Barbara in Show 1905: Animal Portraits.

Original Photos: Gregory Case

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Play Jinny's Memory Match game and find out the name of this lovely block.

 
 
 

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Cheryl Quesnell always wanted to depict a street scene in a quilt and have a graffiti artist tag it. She did just that with Soar! and had Pete Salcido tag with its title. To Cheryl, Soar means to take a risk and and be brave, which we think she did very well with this quilt.

Soar! by Cheryl Quesnell of Lake Forest Park, Washington, with Pete Salcido as the graffiti artist, was featured in the Pictorial category at Houston 2019.

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Alex LIVE is taking a vacation today, so we thought we'd step in an show you Erika's home studio. She recently remodeled the second floor of her home and wants to give you a tour of her sewing room along with some organizing tips along the way.

Click here to see this amazing studio and get your organization tips.

 

 

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Containing everything that is done India, recycling, fixing things, using hand-me-downs, Sujata's Confetti quilt has it all. Featuring every bit of scrap in her trash can, plus some pieces of one of her husband’s shirts, the quilt was done by hand because Sujata believes it makes the quilter feel humble about their work.

You can learn from Sujata in Show 2705.

ConfettibySujataShah - 35 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 99 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 35 Pieces Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 99 Pieces Rotating

ConfettibySujataShah - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert

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Containing everything that is done India, recycling, fixing things, using hand-me-downs, Sujata's Confetti quilt has it all. Featuring every bit of scrap in her trash can, plus some pieces of one of her husband’s shirts, the quilt was done by hand because Sujata believes it makes the quilter feel humble about their work.

Learn from Sujata in Show 2705.

Original Photo: Kristin Goedert


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