Quilt appraisal services offered at quilt shows increase attendance and provide a valued service to attendees and guild members. Contact me for more information.
Other programs available upon inquiry. Programs available for guilds and special events
Here's something fun for the Christmas season! Gather your friends for a day of shopping in Shipshewana this year! Bring me at least 5 quilts between all those in your group and I will devote my day to appraising your quilts while you shop! I will also reduce your qppraisal fee to $45.00 for a written appraisal when you have 5 or more quilts along! I'll do my best to have them written up by the time you get back from your day of shopping fun!
Programs I Offer
This half day workshop by AQS Certified Appraiser Donna Kooistra consists of an overview of the time periods late 1700’s through the present. There will be examples of specific styles and time periods with time given for class discussion and questions. Students are encouraged to bring quilts to be discussed and dated. Resources and bibliography for fabric dating information will be given.
I also offer this workshop as well as an all day quilt dating class at my home. Just let me know if you have a date in mind for your group or watch this site for set dates that I will post when I will offer the class.
Hands On Appraising- This is a two to four hour/half day program explaining appraising with participants bringing personal quilts and given “appraisal” experience. Very informative and challenging.
Just By Entering You Win!-This is a program designed to help the quilter understand what is involved in the jurying and judging process.It will help the quilter desiring to better understand the competitive process. What does a judge look for? Why is my binding important? Why did they pick THAT one?? Why should I enter? Be inspired by looking at competitve quilt shows in a different way.
Everybody Wins!-an informative yet fun one hour program explaining why and how we appraise with hands-on participation. If you like Antique Road Show you'll enjoy this!
Quilt Doctor- Basic quilt repair techniques are discussed and kits provided to practice these simple techniques. Also discussion on when to repair and when to "finish" vintage textiles.
Art/ Non traditional Quilts- This is a Power Point presentation on current art quilters, the "styles" to recognize, construction methods, and building an appreciation for Art/Non-traditional
Amish Quilts: What events created the market and the excitement for all things Amish?-- This is a Power Point presentation detailing the events from the early 1970's that spurred on not only the Amish quilt market but our own quilt market that has become a multi billion dollar industry today. Is there still a market for Amish quilts? Where did it go? Will it come back? Very informative and thought provoking.
Quilts Through Time- This is an hour long program highlighting quilting styles and stories from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Lots of historical information and some quilt scandals to boot!
What Do I Have Here? -Participants bring quilts they have questions about, particularly vintage and antique quilts. Donna will identify the quilt's time period pattern and more as well as give interesting facts that occurred during the quilt's time period.