Lynn Rinehart has a passion for valuing artists’ work, so it’s not a surprise that she is a certified quilt appraiser. She loves all quilts and is eager to appraise them, regardless of age, but contemporary quilts really speak to her. The energy and effort put into each one stands out to Lynn, and she uses that knowledge to help today’s quilters understand the value of their work.

Lynn’s introduction to quilting was the opening of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, which was hardly “beginner friendly” but it was inspirational. A few years later, in 1998, after moving to Atlanta, Lynn found the Little Quilts shop, and began their Block of the Month program and jumped into making quilts. Shortly after that, she found ECQG and began attending the Evening Group, which fit her schedule when she worked full time.

At one of those meetings, the speaker was a quilt appraiser, and Lynn realized that appraising quilts drew upon her love of quilts and her love of history. After several years of study, shadowing another appraiser, and a written and oral exam, Lynn received her certification. Since then, Lynn has appraised hundreds of quilts, including some very special Georgia quilts.

Appraising older quilts is mostly a matter of comparable sales between knowledgeable buyers and sellers. With contemporary quilts, however, value is derived from the cost of reproducing a lost quilt. That process takes Lynn deep into the cost of materials and the time (and the value of the time) of the quilt makers – the maker of the top and the person who quilts it. This process helps Lynn see the real value of contemporary quilts, and it helps her educate their owners about the value of their work. Lynn feels that many of us appreciate the value of paintings and are willing to pay their asking prices, but undervalue our own quilted works of art. If you want to learn more about the appraisal process, Lynn teaches an online course here. There is a small fee. You can contact Lynn at www.cottonartstudio.com.

In Lynn’s time as a Guild member, she has been a staunch advocate for the Evening Group and chaired the 2017 Georgia Celebrates Quilts® show. She can be found taking classes from most of our national teachers, both to improve her own techniques and to learn how quilts are made so the artist’s labor is accurately reflected in her next appraisal of a great contemporary quilt.

Lynn appraised this 19th century broderie perse quilt which was dropped off at the front desk of the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum in Carrollton. The person who delivered it said that it would be destroyed if the Museum didn’t want it. They did want it!

“Crazy Quilt”
This amazing crazy quilt is in Cartersville and can be seen at the Bartow History Museum.

“Civil War Uniform Quilt”
Made after the Civil War, this quilt uses pieces of Union and Confederate uniforms.

Two of Lynn’s quilts have been accepted into the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lebanon, Tennessee.

“Eat Desert First”

“Identify”

This is one installment of Who We Are, a monthly series in this newsletter and on our blog spotlighting ECQG members and giving them a chance to tell their quilting stories.