Monday, September 5, 2011

Benefit-Auction for SAQA

For just about two years I have been a member of SAQA, the American organisation for the advancement of the art quilt. 
Through SAQA I have already had several chances of participating in international exhibitions. Last September my quilt “Play of Lines XVI” was part of the SAQA-exhibit “Wide Horizons II” which was a juried exhibition of quilts by European and Israeli SAQA-members shown in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines in France.

„Beyond Comfort“, which I have mentioned here just recently when it opened in Birmingham for the first time, is also a show under the auspices of SAQA, and is scheduled to travel to other venues. In addition, I have been lucky to make interesting international contacts through the SAQA meeting, and the SAQA regular newsletter.
SAQA has a regular fundraiser, theirs being an auction of small quilts (maximum size of 12 x 12 inches) that have been donated by the members. This auction works the other way around – the price drops at regular intervals, and you have to catch the right moment for your bid, trying to avoid that somebody else has been willing to pay more. The auction is scheduled in three sections of six days each, with the prices dropping every day at 2 p.m.US-Eastern time. This year’s starting dates for the three sections are September, 12, September 19 and September 26.

Last year I donated my miniature quilt „Play of Lines XX“. I was happy it sold at all – after all I was a first time donator, and I was also happy that it sold during the next-to-last day, not at the lowest price, but for US-$ 150.

This year I donated a small quilt which had been an experiment with buttons and free space in the quilt, which is called „Liberté?“

Liberté will be auctioned during the third section, starting on September 26. It was also included in Sarah Kelly’s dream collection. Dream collections are collections of nine donated pieces chosen by individual SAQA-members.

Take a look at the whole collection and enjoy the display! And perhaps you’d like to support SAQA by bidding for one of these small pieces of textile art.

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