|Bread and Bike, 12"x12". Donated to SAQA 2017 Benefit Auction. Sold for $1000.|
Every year The Studio Art Quilter's Association (SAQA) holds an online auction to help fund the organization. They ask members to create a 12-inch by 12-inch quilt and donate it to the group. Then, in the month of September every year, they hold an online auction. The pieces start out on day one going for $1000. Each day a quilt is not sold, it's price drops. I hope my quilt sells before it hits the-bottom-of-the-barrel price.
For me, making the auction quilts are a good opportunity to try out a new technique or an work on an image that I would like to make into a bigger piece. Bread and Bike is one I hope to make into a larger piece this winter. As my quilts go, with the exception of the bike, it's a fairly easy design--mostly straight edges.
A few years ago I donated the piece below, called Spring Wellies, to SAQA. Since then I have made a larger version that looks very similar. It's rather handy to work out all the design issues on a little piece first--small investment in both time and money, and then to make the larger piece.
Well, before I could post this entry, I got an email From SAQA with news about my Bread and Bike Quilt. It sold right out of the gate for $1000. I was stunned. Pleased, but stunned! Thank you Shirley Neary! I could never make a $1000 donation to an organization like SAQA, so it's really nice to have my little quilt fetch a nice donation.