Should you have your quilt appraised?


Should you have your quilt appraised? It’s been a little over two years since my article about quilt appraisals was first published. Most of you were probably not following me then, and if you were, you may well have forgotten about this.

In it, I explore what quilt appraisals are all about, how to find a reputable appraiser, and why you want to have one (and you do). I also talk about what happens once you’ve made an appointment, and how much it costs.

Fees have gone up since I first wrote that article. Many appraisers are now charging $75 per quilt and I believe that, within the next few years, all of us will be. It may sound as if we are raking in the cash, but when you know that we spend hours and hours researching, calculating, and writing up your appraisal, you’ll realize that we’re not overpaid by any means. Once you’ve had the first one written for you, it will make more sense.

Nearly all appraisers work at any number of quilts shows, from the biggest to the small. They are great venues for having your quilts appraised. If you are interested in having me come to your next show, please feel free to ask. I absolutely love my job!

I see a lot of this type of infographic (below) floating around the webs. I even posted it to my Facebook. But. As I’ve said repeatedly on Facebook, it is not at all how I would determine the value of a quilt. I am delighted to see more of you wanting to know the real value of the quilts you make, but truly, it’s best to have a certified appraiser give you a benchmark figure, especially if you want to sell your work. There are a lot of factors we take into consideration that the example below doesn’t even address.

I regret that I don’t have the original source for this. If you know it, PLEASE drop me a line so I can give credit.

Have you ever gotten a quilt appraised? I’d love to hear your thoughts about the process. If you have never had one written, will you think about doing so now?

*please feel free to send a link to this article to whoever you think needs to read it. Questions? Just ask!*



  • Wendy Tuma

    I have a quilt made by my great grandmother. While I know a little more of the history of the fabrics, I have not had it appraised. It would be interesting to have it done.

    • I love doing family pieces, Wendy. It’s always fun to be able to tell people things about their quilts that they didn’t know. Of course, I love appraising new quilts too. Honestly, I DO have the best job!

  • Rhonda Cox Dort

    Once my first quilt was appraised and the smelling salts brought me to, I realized what this “hobby” of mine really means. It means creating art. No matter how you look at it, it is art! Wonderful creative, expressive art!

    • “…and the smelling salts brought me to…” That happens so often and I absolutely love it. To see the lights come on when people realize their work has real value is one of the best parts of my job.