Alice McElwain, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, PAAQT member

Appraiser, Teacher, Speaker, Quilt Show Judge

About me


  McElwain is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Quilt Appraiser. She also judges quilt shows and gives programs to quilt guilds, clubs and organizations.  She is also a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT ).     

Is My Quilt Valuable?

A written appraisal is a protection against loss or damage.  Is Grandmother's quilt worth anything?  Is my newly made quilt valuable? 

Protect Your Assets!

A quilted textile may be more valuable than you think!  I offer appraisals for Insurance, Market Value and Donations.


  McElwain is also a member of the American Quilt Society as well as the American Quilt Study Group and continues to participate in continuing education for her profession.    In addition, she is a quilt teacher since 1976, owned and operated a quilt shop in Southwest Kansas and participated in the Kansas Quilt Documentation in 1986. She was acknowledged in the book Kansas Quilts and Quilters, by Brackman, Chinn, Davis, Thompson, Hornback and Farley.   McElwain has judged quilt competitions and shows since 1989 at fairs, quilt guilds and private venues.    In 1992 her quilt, “Showing Homes” won Honorable Mention in the National Quilt Association Annual Small Guilds Quilt Show. Ragi Marino’s book Flying High features one of her mini-quilts and was accepted for the traveling exhibit and is now permanently housed at the Liberal Air Museum in Liberal, Kansas. Her quilt “Shrove Tuesday” was chosen for the cover of the Liberal Pancake Day program in 2006. The quilt also won first place in the Pancake Day quilt competition. Many of her quilts have won numerous awards, ribbons and honors.    She continues to teach, lead quilt a local quilt study group, present programs, judge quilts, and appraise quilts. McElwain is also a member of M.O.K.A., a quilt study group of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

"I cannot count my day complete 'til needle, thread and fabric meet"

A quilt appraisal can be done for insurance replacement in the case of loss or damage.  An appraisal can also be for Fair Market Value or an appraisal can be for Donation or Estate purposes.    The purpose of an appraisal is indicated on the first page of the Appraisal Form   The value conclusion expressed is based on her best judgment and opinion and is not a representation or warranty that the item will realize this value if ever offered for sale at auction or otherwise. The value expressed is based on current information on the date the appraisal was made. No opinion is expressed as to any past value or future value.   McElwain uses current market values, information from personal databases, antique quilt dealers, auction house sales, formulas for compilation, and online auctions. 


Contact me

Let me help protect your assets! Whether it is fire, flood, theft or damage both new and old quilts need to be appraised!

Contact Me

Appraisals by Appointment Only

I can come to you or we can set a time for you to come to me.  

AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser

18 Timbercrest Lane, Bella Vista, AR 72715, US

(479) 717-7730

Other Services

Appraisals, programs, workshops, quilt judging, at quilt shows and guilds.

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+ Event Details

See Calendar Below


+ Event Details

See Calendar Below



May 14, 2019

Program: "The Quilt Code of the Underground Railroad", First United Methodist Church, Springdale, Arkansas.


May 15, 2019

NW Arkansas Quilt Study Group. Rogers Public Library

A monthly quilt study open to anyone that loves quilts and history.  We don't have dues, just lots of information and some fun.  1-3 PM

June 13, 2019

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival is a 3 day event being held from 13th June to 15th June 2019 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS 

June 19, 2019

NW Arkansas Quilt Study Group, Rogers Public Library

A monthly quilt study, open to anyone that loves quilts and history. We don't have dues, just lots of information and some fun. 1-3 PM.

August 12, 2019

Appraisals and Program at the Arkansas Quilters Guild, North Little Rock, AR

August 28-30, 2019

Judging and Appraising at the Little Balkans Quilt Guild Show in Pittsburg, Kansas