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Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1987.15.1
Maker Beard, Eleanor
Date ca. 1940
Material(s) Cotton;
Dimensions H-102 W-76 inches
Description This is an Eleanor Beard designed quilt. It is a twin size white cotton with a floral appliqué of cotton sateen. There is a floral spray at the top where the pillow would be. There is a floral line down the sides and there is a double floral spray at the foot. The colors are red, pink, green, lavender, yellow and gold. The quilt has scalloped edges except for the top of the quilt. The quilting is done in waves starting at the edges of the scallops and gradually getting smaller as they work toward the center. At the top and between the waves is a sunburst design of quilting.There is a diamond pattern quilting at the top and in the center of the quilt.
Notes Ruth Eleanor Beard began a home quilt making business as a cottage industry in 1921 in Hardinsburg Kentucky. Her business, which she started with four women as helpers, prospered and provided employment for thousands of women both creating quilts and operating the scores of retail shops in the United States and several foreign countries.

One of a pair of quilts. See 87.15.2. The donor received the quilts from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Leo Weinberger who lived in Louisville and purchased the quilts from Beard's shop located on Deerpark Ave. According to the donor, "Beard designed the quilts in her shop and her needle workers appliquéd them according to her instructions. Then the quilts were shipped to Hardinsburg KY where the hand quilting and finishing was done."

The donor also writes that the sister-in-law had a friend named Clara Kyose(?) who opened an Eleanor Beard shop on Park Ave. in New York. During the war the donor says that the quality of the quilts diminished because fabric was hard to come by and costs rose
Collection Helen A. Weinberger Collection
People Beard, Eleanor
Subjects Women's work
Search Terms Quilt
Quilt patterns
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS