Several months ago, I started thinking about my job and my future. I love my job, but to be honest jobs in the school system aren't as secure as they once were. In addition this is my second career, so I still have lots, and I do mean lots more years to go. Sometimes I wonder if I can make it. I thought about what I could do after retirement or if I happened to lose my job. I love quilting, but don't want to do it for other people, I also love reading but don't think there is a career in reading for other people. After some thinking I realized I could put together two of my loves, quilting and history. I knew that there were people out there who appraised quilts and decided to pursue quilt appraisal as a third career. I was advised to start reading about history of quilts which I have been doing. I was also advised to take the skills classes in Paducah. I did and had the best time.I had three days of classes taught by Mr. Gerald Roy (of the Pilgrim Roy collection) and two wonderful ladies, Carol and Linda. I never knew how much there was to know about quilt appraising. This is not something that you become an expert at overnight. I have a long way to go, but am definitely working on it.
Quilt from Alabama in appraisal class.
Quilt blocks from Montana in our appraisal class.
I am still doing lots of reading and have started trying to put together a collection of antique quilts. Wish me luck.