The SAQA Benefit Auction is an event I look forward to every year. As the artists make their 12" x 12" donations and send them in, they're posted on the website (www.saqa.com) for all of us to see and enjoy. The variety is as impressive as the quality of the art on offer. Here are great pieces we could actually buy!
When I make my donation, I usually can't decide on the design ahead of time, so I make several pieces and choose one to send. I'm posting here photos of the quilt I donated, and also photos of two pieces that I made but didn't send, as SAQA only takes one per artist.
My auction piece "Around Africa" features a group of animals I printed with my Oshiwa blocks, all appliqued onto a background with lots of free-motion stitching. I hand-printed several of the background fabrics as well, so this piece is a good example of my favorite printing and stitching techniques.
Here's a detail shot of the bird and the stitching around him. I don't know that this bird is male, but I've always talked about "him" not "her", so I'll go with that!!