SAQA Benefit Auction

 Earl Grey in the Morning

Earl Grey in the Morning

I have participated in the SAQA Benefit Auction since 2015.  I enjoy making small art pieces and the 12" square size is very do-able.  Each piece I've done for the auction is a reflection of the work I'm doing at the time.  The Benefit Auction starts in September and you'll find more about it in the link above if you are interested in this quilt or any of the other fabulous pieces.

This year I've done another Teatime piece.  I think this has officially become a series, since this is the third piece in the collection. I made the other two for the Novel Idea program this year.  I may yet do more of these small teatime pieces just because I have other color themes I'd like to try and more silks and other great fabrics to use!

I've included some detail shots below including the one with my initials. I wanted to do my signature, but didn't find a place it would fit.  Following are my auction pieces from the last three years.

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 All Things Being Equal

All Things Being Equal

 Ancient Doorway

Ancient Doorway

 Funky Chicken

Funky Chicken

SOQS 2017 : 6 : Central Oregon SAQA- Pathways

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Right now the town of Sisters, Oregon has been overtaken by a thick cover of smoke from the Milli fire west of town.  In fact, the smoke is covering much of central Oregon including my house in Bend and there are bits of ash falling.  I hope the fire fighting efforts are successful and we have no lives lost or property damage.  Despite all that, I want to take you back to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July.  I actually have one more post to do after this one and I want to get them done by tomorrow so I can post about the eclipse next week.  Stay tuned for that! 

The Central Oregon SAQA group is an active group of some 20-30 quilt artists from our region and even a few from over the mountains in western Oregon.  There's some serious talent here, probably due to our extreme good fortune of having the Stitchin' Post in town, along with all the great teachers Jean Wells brings in.  The challenge for this year had the theme Pathways and there are many different interpretations.  I think I may have missed a few of the quilts, but this is most of them.   I hope you enjoy!  

 The Oregon Trail by Sharon Carvalho

The Oregon Trail by Sharon Carvalho

 Pathway to Hanukkah by Sarah Kaufman

Pathway to Hanukkah by Sarah Kaufman

 A Walk Through the Forest by Kim McCray

A Walk Through the Forest by Kim McCray

 Sing, Dance, Laugh, Dream, Love by Dianne Browning

Sing, Dance, Laugh, Dream, Love by Dianne Browning

 Go This Way by Pat Pease

Go This Way by Pat Pease

 In and Out, Around and About by Jean Wells Keenan

In and Out, Around and About by Jean Wells Keenan

 Heading West by Helen Brisson

Heading West by Helen Brisson

 Words Matter by Jan Tetzlaff Make Straight the Path by Judy Beaver The Recycled Road by Tierney Hogan

Words Matter by Jan Tetzlaff
Make Straight the Path by Judy Beaver
The Recycled Road by Tierney Hogan

 Pigeon Pass by Julia Jeans Unraveled by Jody Rusconi Farside of Beyond by June Jaeger

Pigeon Pass by Julia Jeans
Unraveled by Jody Rusconi
Farside of Beyond by June Jaeger

 Pathway through Yellowstone by Kris Lang Where To? by Betty Gientke Walk by Marion Shimoda

Pathway through Yellowstone by Kris Lang
Where To? by Betty Gientke
Walk by Marion Shimoda

 Sunrise by Charlene Kenny Suspended in Twilight by Barbara Doust-Boggess Oglethorpe Square by Kristin Shields

Sunrise by Charlene Kenny
Suspended in Twilight by Barbara Doust-Boggess
Oglethorpe Square by Kristin Shields

 The Water Will Find Its Path by Torrie Gordon Winter's Quest by Susan Cobb

The Water Will Find Its Path by Torrie Gordon
Winter's Quest by Susan Cobb

 Let Red Lead the Way by Kristan Collins Plugged Arteries, "Sad" by Kathy Kutansky Hundertwasser's Pathway by Martha Sanders

Let Red Lead the Way by Kristan Collins
Plugged Arteries, "Sad" by Kathy Kutansky
Hundertwasser's Pathway by Martha Sanders

 Sydney, 1985 by Patti Stewart

Sydney, 1985 by Patti Stewart

Oglethorpe Square

 Oglethorpe Square, 18x40

Oglethorpe Square, 18x40

Oglethorpe Square was inspired by one of the squares in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia when I was there for QuiltCon last February.  In Savannah, each square is a green park space with serves as a gathering area for locals and tourists alike.  They are beautifully landscaped with trees, flowers, fountains and statues.  There are always several park benches too and are a lovely place to pause while walking around.  Oglethorpe Square was one that I went to several times while I was there.  When I got home from Savannah, I was reminded that the Central Oregon SAQA challenge for this year was "Pathways".  I decided this was the perfect theme to highlight this square.

Now, the logical thing to do would have been to make this quilt with a variety of greens to echo those squares in Savannah, but I had this stack of indigos that I've been wanting to use.  Some of them are Japanese indigo and they are really lovely, with a variety of textures and shades.  You'll notice a variety of colors of blues in the photos which are due to lighting and my tendency to play with Instagram filters.  In reality the blues are duller than in most of these photos.  The left side photo below is probably the most accurate color-wise.

While I was inspired by a real-life square I didn't try to copy it in any realistic manner.  I created several strip sets and cut them up in a liberated manner to create this design.  In general, the square did have the four quadrants and two pathways aligned perpendicularly to one another. My favorite bench was in the bottom right quadrant. 

 Pausing in the middle of machine quilting

Pausing in the middle of machine quilting

Again, I went back to my old standby of 1/4" channel quilting by machine.  I usually start by stiching in 1/2 intervals and then going back to create 1/4" spacing.

I created this piece in just a few days as I had a lot on my plate and upcoming 2 weeks of jury service (thankfully, I did not get called in).  It was nice to get this project done so I could move on to other things.  

Oglethorpe Square will debut in the SAQA special exhibit at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 8 and may have other showings around Oregon in the next year.  

The SAQA Benefit Auction is on Now!

 Funky Chicken

Funky Chicken

Funky Chicken is up for bid at the SAQA website.  Click here to see all the Section 2 quilts.  This particular quilt doesn't look as good in the scan on the website as it does in real life.  The colors are washed out and you can't see the texture.  However, there is a video showing the stages of making this project and you can get a better sense of what's involved by clicking here (you might want to turn the sound down).  Today the bid amount is $350, but it will go down progressively each day from there.  Don't miss out on getting this silly guy by waiting too long!

 Funky Chicken detail

Funky Chicken detail

SOQS :: Color Galore!

Today's post is all about SAQA and Freddy Moran.  First up is our Central Oregon SAQA map challenge quilt.  These were set up in the Open Door's outdoor patio area.  They looked so lovely among the plants and flowers.  What a treat for anyone lucky enough to snag a table on quilt show day!  These map quilts are of various areas anywhere in the world and range from realistic to abstract.  You can read my original post about these quilts here.

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

This next bunch is from Freddy Moran's special exhibit.  It's wonderful to see how Freddy uses color.  Her quilts are bold, bright and happy.  The yellow one below really stole the show!

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran

 Freddy Moran

Freddy Moran