Quilt appraisal organization celebrates milestone
Two decades after its formation, the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles (PAAQT) is preparing to celebrate its birthday and thank the many supporters of this important service to the quilt world. Plans are underway to have a 20th anniversary celebration in April 2012 at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, during the American Quilter’s Society’s annual quilt show.
PAAQT is an international organization with members in three Canadian provinces and 35 US states. It got its start in the Kentucky location, so the celebration will be taking members back to their roots. The organization is the only one of its kind that provides professional development and ongoing education for professionals who specialize in appraising quilted textiles and other related textile artifacts.
“The members of our organization appraise at major quilt shows in Canada and the United States and offer education to the public on how to care for quilts, the historical significance of quilts and, most importantly, the value of quilts as personal property,” explains Neva Hart, PAAQT president. “Many PAAQT members have used the appraisal profession to enhance other aspects of their lives and have become authors, speakers, pattern designers, experts in textile restoration and advisors on quilt history and contemporary quilt making.”
Read more in our Spring 2012 issue.
Article by by Rosalie I. Tennison