Black and White Quilt, ca. 1890

I began studying the history of quilts and quilt making as I made quilts. I studied fabric and quilt dates, construction techniques, regional influences, ethics, current trends and values both locally and nationally for many years. I began appraising quilts professionally after taking the Professional Appraiser course in Paducah in 2012.  I became an AQS (American Quilt Society) Certified Appraiser in 2014.  I agree to the rules and standards set by AQS and USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

What is included in an appraisal?

A written appraisal gives a brief written description of the quilted textile, its history, and value.  Written appraisals are $45. Appraisals are typed and will be sent to each quilt owner within two weeks of the appraisal appointment. I appraise both new and antique/vintage quilts.

Why should a quilt be appraised?

Insurance Documentation:  Insurance companies require a written appraisal done by a certified appraiser to document losses due to fire, flood, theft, damage, or loss.  Written proof of a quilt’s value must be provided to document shipping losses.  Quilt shows require documentation of quilt’s value when you request insurance coverage beyond what they provide for an entry.  These appraisal values are based on cost to reconstruct or to replace by like and kind.

Sale:  You would like to sell your quilt and would like to know its value.  These values are based on an equitable transaction between a knowledgeable buyer and a knowledgeable seller.  Please keep in mind that values are an opinion and not a guarantee.

Tax:  If the quilt will be donated to a non-profit organization, an appraisal needs to be done for tax purposes.  Tax appraisals need to be done for gift and estate purposes as well.

What do I get with an appraisal?

You will get your typed appraisal within two weeks of the appraisal appointment, but your appraisal is valid as of the date I physically appraise your quilt. Information about your quilt and value is kept confidential.

How often should I get an appraisal?

Values can go up and down, so getting an appraisal every 3 to 5 years is recommended.

What is the difference between an appraisal and getting my quilt judged?

A quilt judge will critique your work based on a standard provided by the quilt show and should give you an idea of what are your quilt’s strengths and weaknesses.  An appraiser will look at your quilt based only on those factors which affect the quilt’s value, the quilt’s workmanship is only one of many factors affecting value.