Every year I make a 12 x 12″ art quilt and donate it to SAQA. The money raised is used to support art shows and pays for shipments of art quilts all over the world to be shown in collections. Click here to see all of the quilts, or click here to enter my name and find my donation, Prairie Breezes, pictured above.
This piece started as a random painting from which I selected a small portion, enlarged it and then pieced and quilted. I like the colors and the movement in it reminded me of the fields of grain and ditches filled with a variety of wild flowers and weeds around the Minnesota farm where I grew up. I used my own hand-dyed fabrics, cut the shapes and worked from the bottom up, creating layers to arrange the design. It is machine appliquéd and quilted.
SAQA’s signature fundraising event starts September 16! Bidding decreases every day until it reaches the $100 level.
From the SAQA web site, here is the auction information:
“The auction will kick-off at 2pm EDT on September 16 with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000. The 12″ x 12″ Auction Quilts will be divided up into three sections for bidding purposes. Each week, a different section of quilts will be available for bidding, starting at $750 and further reduced throughout the week.
This is your chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach.”
The 2017 SAQA Conference “Creation to Curation” will be held April 27-30 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This will be a joint conference with the International Quilt Study Center and Museum. I am hoping to attend this conference because it will include the museum which I have been wanting to visit for several years.