Pre-Appraisal Forms:



These forms are fillable PDFs.
Please type your answers in the form, then print it and include it with the quilt to be appraised. They can also be printed and filled out by hand.



Why should I have my quilt appraised?


  • Curiosity as to its value

  • For insurance replacement value in case of loss from fire, flood, tornado, theft, damage, etc.

  • To insure it for shipping to a quilt show or other venue

  • To insure it at the show

  • To insure it while in your car or away from home

  • To meet your insurance company's requirements for a fine arts rider

  • To provide a written record for your family

  • To include with a gift quilt so the recipients know it's true worth and value it more

  • To determine fair market value for selling a quilt

  • To meet IRS requirements for a donation of a quilt

  • To help with estate settlements

  • Without a written appraisal, insurance companies will treat the loss of your quilt as cost of materials, or the value of a blanket


What kind of appraisal do I need?


  • Insurance Replacement Value-will replace with the cost for “like and kind” in case of a loss

  • Fair Market Value-will determine a fair selling price for a quilt, with no guarantee as to the actual amount realized for a sale

  • Donation/Estate Value-determines the quilts value for IRS, gift, donation, and estate purposes. IRS regulations state that the appraisal must be done within 60 days of the donation. This appraisal can also help families with divisions of property for estates.


Are my antique and new quilts appraised the same way?


  • Antique Quilts-appraisals are based on the cost to replace the quilt with one of similar like and kind since materials to remake the quilt don't exist or would be too expensive

  • Contemporary Quilts-will likely be appraised with reproduction cost. Some contemporary quilts could be appraised with replacement cost depending on the maker's fame, awards, publications, and provenance.


What is the cost for an appraisal?


  • The price for a standard appraisal is $50. Shows have their own pricing which must be followed. AQS shows are increasing their price to $75. Collections are negotiable.


What do I get with an appraisal?


  • You will get a typed appraisal which you may copy for your insurance company. You should get your typed appraisal within two weeks of the appraisal appointment, but your appraisal is valid as of the date I physically appraise your quilt. Information about your quilt and value is kept confidential.


How long does an appraisal take?


  • It takes an average of 30 minutes for an appraisal, less if you are having more than one quilt appraised.


How often should a quilt be appraised?


  • Values can go up or down, so getting a quilt reappraised every 3-5 years is recommended. An update to current values can be done for less than a new appraisal, but the quilt must be seen to check its current condition.


Why should I have a certified appraiser?


  • Jennifer Perkins has been certified by the American Quilters Society (AQS) as a qualified appraiser after passing testing in Paducah, KY. She is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT). She has passed the tests and is certified by USPAP-National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. She is also an NQA Certified Quilt Judge and has been qualified to judge Masterpiece Quilts.

  • Jennifer has been tested on her knowledge of fabric and quilt dates, construction techniques, regional influences, and values both locally and nationally. She has agreed to the Code of Ethics for AQS and USPAP. She has studied every aspect of quilting from antique to art.


How do I contact you?


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