Black and White Quilt, ca. 1890

Quilts are my passion!!   I slept under a beautiful wool crazy quilt as a child and a satin quilt as a teenager. I thoroughly enjoy learning about fabric; printing and dying techniques; quilt construction techniques; regional characteristics and historical influences on quiltmaking.

In the AQS Quilt Appraiser program I studied ethics, current local and national trends on quilt values. I began appraising quilts professionally after taking the Appraiser course in Paducah in 2012 and became certified by AQS in 2014. I am a current member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT).  I agree to the rules and standards set by AQS and USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice).

What is an appraisal?

A written Quilt Appraisal includes 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:  Quilt owners may want an appraisal prior to selling a quilt in order to have a disinterested opinion of the quilt’s value. These values are based on an equitable transaction between a knowledgeable buyer and seller. Please keep in mind that values are an opinion and not a guarantee.

Tax:  An appraisal needs to be done for tax purposes when the quilt will be donated to a non-profit organization. Tax appraisals may also need to be done for gift and estate purposes.

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.

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