Quilt appraiser group gathering in Ky.

PADUCAH, Ky. – The only international organization of professional certified quilt appraisers turns 20 years old in April. Members of the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) and guests will gather April 28 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky., to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The evening celebration will take place on the last day of the 2012 AQS Show in Paducah.

poinsettia quilt  This 80-by-89-inch, 19th century poinsettia and block variation quilt earned $425 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates’ March 2, 2012 auction in FLat Rock, N.C. Photo courtesy Richard D. Hatch & Associates

“PAAQT (pronounced “pact”) members have carved a niche in the profession of appraising and raised awareness of quilts and quilted textiles as valued personal property,” says Neva Hart, the current president of PAAQT. “Our members appraise at major quilt shows in the U.S. and Canada, and provide educational programs to help the public understand quilts, quilt care and quilt history. PAAQT members are skilled at appraising both antique and new quilts and provide a professional and needed service for quilt owners and makers.”

PAAQT will be celebrating their anniversary at the National Quilt Museum to emphasize that all quilts have value, that today’s quilts are tomorrow’s heirlooms. The museum, open all year, showcases both antique and contemporary quilts.

Founded in 1992 by a small group of graduates of the American Quilter’s Society Appraiser Certification Program, PAAQT was formed to provide continuing education and a network for personal property appraisers who specialize in quilted textiles. PAAQT members include recognized authors of books and patterns, museum administrators and curators, quiltmaking teachers and show judges, quilt historians and experts in specific quilt styles.

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