Professional Quilt Appraisals with Carol Butzke

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Why Appraise?

Many quilt makers and collectors ask, “Why should I have my quilts appraised?” It is an important question to consider and it is answered with the following:

  • To establish a replacement value for insurance purposes before a loss such as fire, flood, damage or disappearance occurs
  • To meet your insurance company’s requirements for a “Fine Arts Floater”
  • To be assured that your quilt has adequate insurance coverage while at a textile competition or exhibit.
  • To provide a written record for your family.
  • To determine fair market value for sale of quilt.
  • To determine value for donation, gift or estate purposes (as required by the IRS).

Read more from Carol on this topic, or view this video from quilttv:

About the Appraiser

Carol Butzke is certified by the American Quilters Society as an appraiser of quilted textiles. She currently serves as an instructor and board member for the American Quilter’s Society Appraisal Certification Committee, has successfully completed the USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) course on personal property appraisals and is a member of PAAQT, (the Professional Association of Appraisers—Quilted Textiles).

Carol is also a quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, quilt collector and Judge certified by the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. Her quilts have won numerous awards and have been published in many books and magazines. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Quilting Association, Wisconsin Quilters, Inc., The Wisconsin Quilt History Project and currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts as Director of Collections.

Schedule Your Appraisal

  • Cost per quilt appraisal is $50.
  • Call Ben Franklin Crafts at 262.567.0271 to register or pay using credit or debit card. If other forms of payment are preferred, please stop at the Customer Service Desk to register and pay. The number of 30-minute appraisal slots is limited, so early registration is recommended.
  • At the time of the appraisal, you are to provide all documentation that you have about the quilt. In the case of an antique quilt, anything that you know about the quilt’s maker or its heritage. In the case of a contemporary quilt, any awards that the quilt has received or pertinent information about the quiltmaker.