Week in Review 2023 – 09/15

I am a Patron of the Arts

Are you a patron of the arts? I am. Maybe you live in a region of the world where your government generously ensures that art museums are free to residents, theater and dance companies are supported and so much more. Perhaps, like me, you live in the USA, where art organizations are dependent on donations from the public and corporate sponsorships. Either way, if the arts fuel your soul, then it only makes sense to show your support. An easy way is simply to go to a museum, attend a play in the park, purchase music, etc.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket – my 2023 donation

One of my annual acts as a patron of the arts is to donate a 12″ x 12″ artwork to SAQA’s annual benefit auction. Why do I support SAQA? Simple, because SAQA is making strides to have the art quilt seen as a fine art.

Are You?

If art quilts float your boat, you can be a patron of the arts and bid on one of the amazing pieces in SAQA’s Benefit Auction. The SAQA Benefit Auction started Thursday. You will need a bidding paddle. There are 380+ pieces of unique artwork available. At just 12″ square, these are perfect for collecting and displaying! 

Lola on the Stairs – my 2022 donation

The auction will kick off at 2pm EDT (GMT/UTC – 4) on Thursday, September 14 with Diamond Day bidding, an early bird opportunity to purchase ANY quilt for $1000.

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.

SAQA has another auction during its annual conference. These pieces are matted and smaller at 6.5″ H x 4.5″ W. This is my 2023 auction piece.

The following Monday, the bidding pattern repeats until the auction closes on October 8. View Bidding Schedule

Want to hear from Benefit Auction artists? Watch this Textile Talk, where we share 12 artists’ stories, including Gwyned Trefethen’s (that’s me ;)) on why she chooses her cat, Lola as her subject.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt! So now what? I am busy making a few more 8″ x 8″ pieces for my open studio in November. I realized the one I finished up this week has a rainbow palette.

One of a series of small (8″ x 8″) artworks of broderie perse flowers in containers set against wall or window.

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. So kind, Maggie. Naturally, I agree with you about it being a worthy cause. Of course, as SAQA member for nearly 20 years it is clearly an organization I feel strongly about.

  1. Gwyned, your kitty quilts are so beautifully realistic. You really captured their sweetness and curiosity. Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  2. Lola is so cute, warm and pretty, a very beautiful donation piece.
    Have fun preparing your open studio in November too!
    Thank you for sharing the link to the Textile talk video, and linking up.

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