It's only a few weeks away! SAQA's (Studio Art Quilt Associates) national conference is coming to Portland, April 30 through May 2. All the Oregon members are excited to have the conference in our own part of the world. These conferences are a great time to connect with any folks whose names we have seen in publications over the years but never met in person and reconnect with old acquaintances. Many new friendships are made and everyone goes home re-energized to keep creating and networking.
The little quilt pictured above is my donation to the fund-raising auction that will be held the weekend of the conference. It is small, just 6" by 8" and will have a mat around it for the auction. I called it Fiberlandia in honor of the conference being held here in Willamette Valley country. This could easily be a scene from the Hood River Valley, just east of Portland, as well. I'm hoping the bidding will be high on this piece since I made it to complement the 12 badges I am also making for the local volunteers to wear.
These are even smaller than the donation quilt. They will be about 3" square when finished. I'm still trying to decide how I will put the lettering on. I'd like to have it on a piece of white silk organza (attached just on the edges) so it could be removed later if the recipient wanted it to keep as a little piece of art. I'll see how that goes once the main stitching is finished on each piece. Hopefully, they will be desirable enough to generate a lot of bidding on the larger piece.