How to care for a quilt that needs repair

A reader writes...

I have a quilt that might be at least 100 years old that needs love and care. What do I do?

Julie replies...

For a quilt of this age, I would consult with a certified quilt appraiser. The Professional Association of Appraisers - Quilted Textiles maintains a list of all certified appraisers on their website. It is organized by state for both the U.S. and Canada.

An appraiser should be able to recommend how to care for your treasure and who to have work on it, as well as, assigning a monetary value for insurance purposes (if you choose).

Maybe even more important, would be it's historical and/or sentimental value. If this is a quilt created by one of your ancestors, that would truly be amazing to have...that connection with your quilting past. Lucky you! (I'm jealous! :) )

You may also want to check with your local quilt stores or quilt guilds. The final possibility is to check at a local quilt show. Many times the guild sponsoring the show will have an appraiser there for walk-in or scheduled appointments. In my area (north-central Illinois) the cost for an appraiser at a show is $35-40.

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I'd love to see a picture...if you are so inclined, you can share your quilt pictures here.

Good luck to you!


Julie Baird

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