This Year’s SAQA Auction

Recently I’ve received many emails and Instagram posts about the upcoming SAQA small quilts auction, scheduled for September 15 through October 8. Messages remind me of the number of lovely quilts and how helpful the funds raised are to SAQA. A fun aspect is the themed groups of quilts selected by SAQA members.

Benefit Auction starts Sept 15th!

The 2017 SAQA Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. This is your chance to own beautiful and unique art quilts made by SAQA members around the world – 368 pieces are available for bidding! For details, visit

Once again I didn’t make a quilt to contribute. As I’ve said before, I have a hard time producing anything meaningful at 12 by 12 inches. Some contributors manage to pack a lot into that space.

As I did last year, I categorized the themes used. This year landscapes were most common theme by a long shot, being featured in 37 quilts, followed by botanicals in 27 quilts. The ever popular birds came in with 20 (not so many crows this year,) followed closely by people in 18 quilts. Animals were featured in 14 quilts, and bugs were the main attraction in 5. The themes used in the rest of this year’s crop were either abstract or one-offs. Of course, others will most likely come up with different ways to sort the quilts.

You can peruse all this year’s entries here. My favorites based on one review of the contributions are:

I realize each of my choices tell a story in 12 by 12 inches, even the one by Linda Colsh. If you look closely at “Crossing Paths” you’ll see a figure laden with packages. If I figure out a way to pack a story into 144 square inches I’ll make an entry for a future auction.




Filed under Art quilts, Commentary

8 responses to “This Year’s SAQA Auction

  1. I’m glad you mentioned the person in the Colsh quilt–I went back and paid more attention! I, too, like the heron quilt but I’m impressed in general with the range of techniques and artistic vision.

  2. I did not know about this, so thank you for leading me to that inspirational gathering of quilts!
    I happened to see the Quilt Alliance online auction this morning too — their opening bid is $75 instead of $750, and I noticed that Margaret Abramshe has donated a “Quilt Kitty” for that auction too. I wonder if any of the others show up in both places.
    I really love that one you highlighted above, Heron Reflected 2 — it has an air of serenity and spontaneity at the same time.

  3. I enjoy working small but I’m always amazed by the diversity in design and technique in these little works. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I can barely even THINK in 12″ x 12″, much less make in that space. These are terrific and interesting. If anything bothers me at all about them, it’s that except the top one, they look at least as much like paintings as like quilts. ?? I like quilts to look like quilts. Personal preference.

    • So, you’re not going to make a 12 inch square medallion quilt? You raise an interesting point about art quilts. Some do indeed look like quilts (see Maria Schell’s for example.) Others use surface design techniques to create more painting like pieces. But art quilts encompass the whole range, and it may be that the more painterly ones get more respect in the art world. I don’t know it that’s true, but I was amused to see that Robert Rauschenberg made a piece out of silk panels, and no one said that wasn’t art.

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