Dee A. Dadik has been a quilt maker, pattern designer, quilt restorer, researcher of quilt history and collector of quilts for over 42 years. Twenty two years ago, after retiring from her own custom dressmaking business, she added quilt appraising, lecturing, and judging to her quilt interests and started “I Have a Quilt…” as a business venture (with business partner, Molly Butler). She has appraised quilts in the Midwest and for internationally known art quilters and has lectured for guilds, businesses, and historical societies on the history, dating, care of quilts and why you need to have quilts appraised. She appraises antique, new and art quilts for insurance replacement, market value and donation value.
To support the knowledge necessary to appraise she has taken classes and studied dating, construction, regional differences, appraising, legal issues, ethics, care, preservation, social history and textile history. She and Molly regularly participate in continuing education classes to keep current of the latest guidelines of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Independent study and other numerous activities keep her aware of current prices. These experiences plus an extensive reference library help her to appraise your quilts and give you information that will bring a greater appreciation and understanding of what you own.
Molly Butler has managed to sustain a serious interest in textiles since graduating from Seton Hill University with a B.S. in Home Economics Education. While raising three children, she represented Doncaster, Inc. and Leiter Designer Fabrics and eventually opened her own better dress fabric shop.
Twenty two years ago while working in the corporate world, the “tactile” need was satisfied by learning to quilt. An interest in appraising developed and soon the study of quilts and quilt history began. Molly has participated in classes for history, women’s studies, textile dating, ethics and methods of appraising. She became an Accredited Member of The International Society of Appraisers. She is a partner with Dee Dadik in “I Have A Quilt…”. They do appraisals of antique, new and art quilts, lecture and judge. They have an extensive reference library and attend many events and exhibits that keep them abreast of the current quilt world. They have been privileged to work with international quilters, museums, and private estates as well as appraising over 6000 individual quilts.