KHS hosted quilt expert Sue Reich of Washington for an entire day of quilt evaluations Sunday, April 6, 2014. “Quilt Discovery Day” allowed registrants an opportunity to find out how much a family heirloom quilt might be worth and what time period it dates back to.
Verbal assessment were giving to each quilt owner would could then write down the information. A digital photograph of each appraised quilt was taken and provided to the owner.
A special presentation during the lunch break focused on “Tips for Care and Use” to learn about the preservation, storage, care and suggested ways to display or hang a quilt.
Reich is an author and lecturer on quilt history and has been a quiltmaker since childhood. She lectures widely on many aspects of quilt history, and is a certified American Quilt Society quilt appraiser. She co-authored “Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut” and authored “Quilting News of Yesteryear: One Thousand Pieces and Counting,” as well as “Quilting News of Yesteryear: Crazy as a Bed-Quilt.”
The Kent Historical Society hosted Reich in January for a talk “Learning History From Quilts,” and she shared information about quilts in the KHS collection, including two that had been recently donated.