By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
4:44 PM EDT, October 23, 2011
Pat Gardner, a quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, died Oct. 12 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center as the result of a fall she suffered Oct. 12. The Edenwald Retirement Community resident was 83.
Born Patricia M. Zug in Reading, Pa., and raised in Richland, Pa., she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics education at Juniata College.
She moved to Baltimore in 1951 and began her quilting career in the early 1970s, when she developed an interest in Baltimore and Pennsylvania antique quilts and other textiles. Family members said she started publishing articles on quilt history, including an essay on doll and children's quilts for the book "America's Glorious Quilts." For more than 20 years she taught quilting classes from her home in Sparks, as well as classes at Maryland Institute College of Art and at Catonsville Community College.
In the early 1980s, Mrs. Gardner became fascinated by the variety and designs of printed cotton handkerchiefs. She became an expert on and collector of American, European, and Japanese handkerchiefs and began to incorporate them into her quilt designs.
In 1993 she published a book, "Handkerchief Quilts," which showcased her work. Her handkerchief quilts were displayed at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of the American Quilter's Society and at Goucher College.
Mrs. Gardner frequently lectured and was an active member of the Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild and of two quilting circles. She remained active in quilting until her death. Family members said there are plans for a November memorial show of her latest works, a series using Japanese handkerchiefs and other textiles at Edenwald.
She was a member of Bosley United Methodist Church, where services were held Oct. 18.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, William C. Gardner, a local watercolorist; two sons, Michael Long of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Jonathan Long of Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Rebecca Tennyson of Ellicott City and Amanda Shultz of Lutherville; three stepdaughters, July Salzman of Williamsburg, Va., Amy Whitely of Shrewsbury, Pa., and Linda Rudy of Hampstead; and nine grandchildren. Her marriage to Howard F. Long ended in divorce.
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