Your Quilt Appraisal May Be A Pleasant Surprise

December 5, 2015

Dogwood Quilt

You’ve probably seen it too.  A dog sitting on a quilt you made.  Or perhaps you saw a $200 TV being carried out covered by a quilt that would appraise for $500.  Most people would be surprised at how much it costs to make a quilt.

So when we make a quilt or give a quilt, why not make a self appraisal of the quilt and write the value on the label.  All appraisals do not have to be performed by a certified appraiser.  The main reason to have a quilt appraised by a certified professional appraiser is to have the documentation for insurance.

I have had three quilts professionally appraised.  Two were vintage quilts and one that I pieced, appliqued, and quilted.  The appraisal process for the vintage quilts is different.  It is based more on uniqueness of design, craftsmanship, and condition.  The appraiser may need to do research about the quilt and mail the appraisal to you at a later date.

I purchased the Cathedral Windows quilt pictured below at a show in Cleveland, Ohio.  When I had it appraised in 2007, it appraised for $1,800.  It is considered very good construction and in excellent condition.  It is 88″ x 88″ and consists of 924 two-inch squares with fussy cut 1 1/2″ squares in each center.   This pattern is considered extremely time-consuming and very labor intensive.  The appraisal is for replacement value for insurance purposes and cost $35.

Appraisal of Vintage Quilt
Cathedral Windows
Appraisal of Vintage Quilt
Dogwood Quilt

The Dogwood Quilt pictured above is hand appliquéd and hand quilted with some embroidery.  Made in the 1930’s it is 74″ x 88″ and is in good condition.  This quilt appraised for a replacement value of $1,200 in 2015.  The quilt was made from a kit and the first time I saw one of these quilts hanging in a show, I stopped dead in my tracks!  I loved the colors and was so excited when one became available for purchase.  If you were wondering, appraised value does not equal purchase price.  Remember the appraised value is for replacement costs for insurance.

Pictured below is my version of Sew Spooky.  I made this quilt from a commercial pattern by Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris of Quilt Company.  Sew Spooky appraised for $1,300.  This little quilt is 45″ x 56″.  It was a surprise to my husband when he heard the appraised value.  Which only emphasizes the reason to get an appraisal.  If not for all your quilts, at least for one.  So your family will recognize the value of your work.  This appraisal cost $45.

Appraisal of Quilt
Sew Spooky

Perhaps you are thinking your quilts are not worth appraising?  Let’s look at a quilt appraisal worksheet that I have developed to help you evaluate  your quilt.

All the information on the worksheet is information a professional appraiser would need.  So if you decide to get a professional certified appraisal, the worksheet will help the appraiser to be more accurate.  I hope this information will help you see the value of your quilts and give you confidence to share this information when you gift a quilt.  If you share the value of your quilt,  maybe your quilt will not become the next dog or cat’s bed.


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    1. Your appraisal blog was so interesting! I love the Cathedral quilt.
      The form for evaluation would be great for knitters too (adjusting the content of the form to yarn info)…..great idea to show the true value.

    1. Good information. I always HATE to see furniture wrapped in a quilt on the back of a truck.
      I love that dogwood quilt! You’re a lucky girl to have one!

    1. When our guild had a quilt appraiser come in 2015, my curious nature took over. I thought it would be interesting to discover the value of my first quilt. I machine pieced the quilt from a pattern in a book. As it was my first quilt, I didn’t know much about matching seams and squaring blocks. Now, I’m surprised it was even close to being square without “dead bodies”. Because it was my first, I wanted it hand quilted and found a women in Tennessee who arranged for it to be hand quilted by Katie Zook, an Amish women in Etheridge, TN. That being said, I was not prepared for the questions the appraiser asked. Your form is ideal for keeping information about the quilt. I’m begin keeping this “diary” for my quilts. Quilts tell a story and having those details adds to the story.