Why appraise that old quilt?

Unlock that quilt’s value at the “All Around the House” Quilt Show April 6-7

Bensenville, Ill. (March 6, 2024) — Ever wonder about the worth of that quilt tucked away in the closet? The Bensenville Park District invites the public to discover the hidden value of their quilts at the “All Around the House” Quilt Show, taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at Fischer Farm.

Quilts, whether newly crafted or cherished family heirlooms, hold intrinsic value beyond their utilitarian purpose. Recognizing the worth of these quilts is crucial, and that’s where quilt appraisals come in. AQS Certified Appraiser Lynn Contri will be available by appointment both days to provide detailed assessments of these quilts. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated as the schedule allows.

Why appraise a quilt? Contrary to common belief, quilt appraisals aren’t just for antique quilts. Even a recently made quilt may have a significant value when considering factors such as time spent and material costs. Appraisals are essential for insurance purposes, ensuring that in the unfortunate event of fire or damage, victims are compensated for the true value of their quilt rather than a generic replacement.

To schedule an appointment with Contri, call 630-254-5511. The written appraisal, available for the reasonable fee of $60, will thoroughly document the quilt’s physical description, including measurements, stitching details, fabric and batting type. Contri will assess the general condition of the quilt, providing accurate descriptions such as poor, fair, good or excellent. She will also inquire about any additional information that may enhance the quilt’s value.

The “All Around the House” Quilt Show at Fischer Farm will feature more than 100 quilts, including antique and contemporary pieces. Doll quilts, wall quilts, crib quilts and bed quilts will be showcased throughout the 1919 farmhouse, creating a delightful visual experience for attendees. To register a quilt for display at the show, please contact Christine Shiel, cshiel@bvilleparks.org.

In addition to the quilt show, visitors can explore the Quilter’s Barn Sale, offering a variety of items such as books, patterns, fabric, blocks, tops, quilts and more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to uncover the stories and value behind those quilts at the “All Around the House” Quilt Show. Join in a weekend of appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship of quilting.

Fischer Farm is located at 16W680 Old Grand Avenue, Bensenville, situated east of Illinois Route 83 and west of Church Road. Admission to the quilt show is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 5-15, and free for children ages 4 and under.

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