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Quilt Appraisals

About the Appraiser:  Robin Brisson is a fourth generation Vermont quilter. She has been a quilt and quilt history enthusiast for many years. She has taken many, many quilt classes with some of the nations leading instructor’s including Michael Kile, seminars on dating fabric and quilts,  and all the American Quilt Society appraisal classes. She is familiar with all techniques and styles, methods of construction, textile information and women’s history. She has designed and created several quilts for area charities to raffle as fundraisers and done quilt repair for many years. She graduated from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont.  She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, Squannicook Colonial Quilt Guild, and the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project.  Robin specializes in appraising quilts from the 1930's and new quilts using the reconstructive method.

What is an appraisal?  

It is a written evaluation and documentation of a quilt in clear simple to understand language so even someone not familiar with quilting would be able to match the appraisal to the quilt. It is usually 2 pages that includes information about the owner and/or maker, a description of the fabrics, colors, styles, quilting, condition, age and value.

What are the different types of appraisals and why do I need one?   There are 3 different types; donation, fair market and insurance or replacement. There are many reasons for having a quilt appraised. If you have a newly constructed quilt you may be considering sending it to shows. You will need a professional appraisal to try to recover any loses should it be lost or damaged. Many people will make a wonderful heirloom quality quilt to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding, graduation or birth. It is a wonderful addition to the gift to have a professional appraisal done so the recipient will know the value of the quilt. If you are donating your quilt to a non-profit organization such as a church or museum, the IRS requires a written appraisal by an “expert” in order for you to benefit from a tax deduction. It is wise to get a quilt appraised for insurance value in case of theft or damage while the quilt is in your home or auto. Most insurance companies require a written appraisal. It is wise to know the value of your treasure. Sometimes families will have several quilts from a relative and they would like them divided equally. These are just a few reasons.

How much does an appraisal cost?

Most appraisals are 2 typed pages plus a photo of the overall quilt and a close-up for a fee of $30.

How long is an appraisal good for?

Appraisals are valid for insurance purposes for up to 3 years unless circumstances change. For example, if the quilt was featured on a cover of a book or in a movie. 

How do I get an appraisal?

The quilt must be seen in person in order to do an appraisal. Some quilts may appear to be in excellent condition but upon closer inspection may have an odor, severe damage to the back or wonderful hand stitching that cannot be detailed in photos. The quilt needs to be measured and examined closely. These are just some of the reasons an appraisal cannot be done from photos.   Please contact Robin by phone (1-978-874-0400 ) or email (robin@quilterstudio.com) to make arrangements. Love My Fabrics.com




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