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Object Name Quilt
Catalog Number 1987.15.2
Maker Eleanor Beard's shop
Date ca. 1940
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-102.5 W-75.5 inches
Description This is an Eleanor Beard designed quilt. It is a twin size quilt made of white cotton with an appliqué of printed floral cotton sateen. This quilt is hand-quilted, with a solid white background, backing, binding, and a wide scalloped edge. The top edge of the quilt is straight rather than scalloped. At the head of the quilt, there is a large floral spray appliqué measuring 37-inches by 17-inches. The spray consists of pink, white, and yellow peonies with purples irises and hydrangea. There are green leaves and small white, purple, and gold colored flowers near the edges. Down the sides of the quilt near the center, there are two parallel appliquéd chains of purple irises and pink peonies leading up to the head of the quilt. At the foot, there are a pair of full appliquéd floral sprays, each with a white peony in the center surrounded by purple hydrangea below, pink peonies above and to the lower left, purple irises at the top, and several green leaves, pink peonies, and yellow flowers in the remaining space. The center margin of the quilt is quilted in a 1.5-inch grid pattern that is set on point. The border of the quilt is quilted in a wide fan and scalloped pattern that follows the scalloped edges.
Notes This quilt is one of a pair of quilts. See 1987.15.1 for the other quilt.

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.

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
Weinberger, Mrs. Leo
Subjects Women's work
Search Terms Quilt
Quilt patterns
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS