All certified appraisers must be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge about the process and procedures used in their appraisal profession.  They must also specifically be able to:

  • Understand the difference between insurance value, fair market value, and donation value.
  • Understand differences between an appraisal, written documentation, and research.
  • Establish a circa date for any quilt.
  • Determine fabric fiber content.
  • Recognize and describe construction techniques and type of binding or edge finish.
  • Determine the quality of construction techniques and the quality of quilting and the effect on value.
  • Determine the condition of a quilt and recognize alteration, conservation, or restoration.
  • Identify pattern.
  • Recognize major historical trends and influences in quilt making.
  • Determine the effect of visual impact on the value of a quilt.
  • Recognize and record appropriate provenance.
  • Use accepted appraisal practices, procedures, and vocabulary when dealing with a client.
  • Accept and support the ethical practices of the program.
  • Have enough knowledge/experience to set realistic values on quilts and quilted textiles which can be substantiated in a court of law.
  • Recognize personal limits of knowledge, abilities, and experience and be willing to refer clients accordingly.
  • Purchase official embosser and use AQS appraisal forms.
  • Use recommended AQS appraisal forms or forms that comply to USPAP standards.


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Quilt Showcase

The Quilt Showcase features quilts Caryl has made as examples for some of the classes she teaches or has taught in the past.