April 30, 2007

What is your quilt worth?

WA local quilt guild will host a quilt appraiser to give owners an idea of worth

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The Sew Friendly Quilt Guild will be hosting a quilt appraiser Monday May 14 at Elim Mission Church in Cokato to give owners an idea of what their quilt is worth.

Eunice Hill, a certified quilt appraiser from Rochester, will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for appraisal of quilts.

“You might be surprised what your new quilts will be worth,” said Theresa Wold, member of the Sew Friendly Quilt Guild.

Hill has 25 years of quilting experience and along with the appraisal she gives quilt classes and lectures, quilt commissions and quilt patterns.

The lecture, “What’s in your quilt?” will give clues for dating quilts through fabrics, styles and color trends.

Answers will be given to questions such as, “How old is my quilt?,” “What is the name of the pattern?,” What is a quilt appraisal and when do I need one?,” “How should I take care of my quilt?,” and “Is it a treasure or not?”

“Looking at an antique quilt is like reading a mystery novel to discover clues about its past,” Hill said.

“The study of antique quilts and the textiles used to make them has led me to a deeper understanding of the life and times of quilt makers from the past,” she said.

Along with the quilt appraisal, the person will receive a written document of the description and value of the item based on a hands on examination of the quilt, according to Hill.

For new as well as old quilts, an appraised value may be high or quite low depending its scarcity, uniqueness, quality of workmanship and condition, according to Hill.

Appraisals are $35 and participants are welcome to stay for the monthly quilters guild meeting where she will give a lecture on dating quilts through fabrics, styles, color and trend. Hill will also be available Tuesday morning by appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a quilt appraisal, call Wold at (320) 286-5398.

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