While I cannot appraise quilts I have created or repaired, I can provide a professional quilt appraisal of quilts you have purchased or inherited. It is always helpful if you have knowledge of the provenance of the quilt, which means you know the history of the quilt. For example: "Nellie Turner lived during the Great Depression around 1929. She pieced her quilts using a method called string quilting. Nellie was my brother-in-law’s grandmother.” Whatever you know can help me in the process of placing a value on your quilt.
I adhere to the standards of the American Quilter’s Society certification classes, although I am at the level of professional, not certified myself. Since I am working towards obtaining my certification status as a Quilt Appraiser, my rate is lower. I charge $25 per written appraisal (one per quilt). This report is to be used only by the person who requests and pays for the report, and then only for a period of two or three years. Exchanges and time itself changes the provenance of the quilt which can effect its value.
Why do I need to have my quilts appraised?
Generally there are three reasons for getting your quilts appraised:
For insurance purposes, particularly for a replacement cost if something should happen to your quilt. Check with your insurance company; some of them will only accept appraisals from Certified Quilt Appraisers, which I am not. I am only at the “professional” level of appraisers. Replacement cost per se, is about what it will cost to have a quilt made that looks like the one you lost. Nothing can replace a one-of-a-kind heirloom quilt that has been damaged or destroyed. See link: Tips On How To Care For Your Quilt.
If you do require a damaged quilt to be repaired, the appraised value is altered because the dating of the quilt is changed to the year in which it is repaired. The Care of Your Quilt is very important.
For having a value to use for tax write-offs when you donate a quilt to a charitable organization, for example, for fundraising.
For determining a Fair Market Value when you are wanting to sell your quilt.
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