Week in Review 2022 – 09/02

SAQA’s Benefit Auction

Lola on the Stairs – 12″ x 12″

SAQA’s Benefit Auction is a fabulous opportunity to support SAQA’s vision to have the art quilt universally respected as a fine art medium. I’m pleased to donate to this worthy cause with my piece, Lola On the Stairs. I’m also delighted that it was chosen to promote the Benefit Auction in various banners, .pdfs, postcards and even appeared on the back cover of SAQA’s quarterly Journal.

How the Benefit Auction Works

SAQA is using the auction platform Handbid which offers a lot of functionality you’ll love! It includes the ability to save a list of your favorite pieces and an app option so you can bid from wherever you are on the globe.

Lola on the Stairs is the piece I donated to SAQA’s annual Benefit Auction.

The auction will kick off at 2pm EDT (GMT/UTC – 4) on September 9 with Diamond Day bidding – an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000. All quilts measure 12″ x 12″.

The rest of this reverse-price auction is divided into three sections with a new section open each Monday. Bid prices start at $750 per quilt and drop each day at 2pm EDT (GMT/UTC -4) until they reach $100 on Saturday.

Do take the opportunity to review all the wonderful donations SAQA has received from its artists – 432 pieces in all!

Beyond the Benefit Auction

Thread painted highland steer set against a background of vibrant lime green with suggestion of distant deep forest in the background
The thread painted highland steer is now set in position against its quilted background before it is stitched in place.

SAQA’s Benefit Auction isn’t the only place where my work is available for purchase this year. I am part of Cohasset Open Studios, a group of artists who work in variety of media in my home town. It will take place the first week in November. I want to make sure I have some smaller, new pieces available for purchase and to showcase my style.

Last week I shared the first few steps in my process to go from photograph to thread painting a subject. The highland steer is now thread painted, cut away from its surroundings and lightly glued to its quilted background. Next week I’ll stitch it in place, extending the hair slightly. I also intend to embroidery a few buttercups in the field.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

The two blocks are side by side. The one on the left features and 8 pointed star and the one on the right has a ladder or braid effect. Both are made from fabrics ranging from a pale orange sherbert to a deep sunset orange.
My two orange blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge are finished.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is an opportunity to take a break, return to my traditional quilting roots and knock out a few blocks.

I’m linking up to the following posts:

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. What a wonderful action, I love Lola On the Stairs, and you deserve to be featured and promoted in this way.
    Lovely orange blocks also!
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up!

    1. Good to hear from you, Frédérique. Happy to link up. Don’t know if you noticed, but SAQA’s artists come from all around the world, so the quilts in the auction do, too.

      Thank you for the thumbs up for Lola on the Stairs.

    1. Now the nail biting begins, Andrée. Will this be the year my work sells on Diamond Day? There are so many talented artists who have contributed work. No matter how much the piece sells for, I am proud to have made the promo material for the first time after years of contributing.

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