Tomorrow, September 11th, at 2pm Eastern Standard Time USA the annual SAQA online benefit auction starts. It runs from September 11 through October 4. This year there are nearly 500 pieces, and about 1/3 of them will be auctioned each week until the end of the auction. But, tomorrow, September 11th, Day 1, for just 24 hours, every one of those donated 12″ square quilts goes on sale for the price of US$1000.
My quilt this year, is auction item #17. If it doesn’t sell tomorrow, it will be in the second group auctioned the week beginning Monday September 21st at which point the bidding starts at US$750 and drop in price each day until it sells, or the end of the week passes after which it will be for sale through the SAQA online shop. For further information on how the auction works, and how to make your bid on my quilt 🙂 go to https://www.saqa.com/auction/auctionFAQ.
The money raised by this annual auction helps fund the exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Additionally, every purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them.
Except for one year, I have always suported SAQA’s program by making and donating one of these small textile art works for the auction. Many collectors use the annual auction to collect up-and-coming-names in the art quilt world. Others collect to a theme, and I’ve seen some lovely collections on walls. Two of my collectors own 2+ Alison Schwabes, which is very pleasing to me.