Gail Garber Designs

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Welcome to my website!  It’s been a long, difficult two years for all of us, myself included. But, as with all challenges in life, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”!

Probably like you, The past two years of my life were dramatically different. I said good-bye to my dear friend, Anita McSorley, after only a few months of battling pancreatic cancer; sold our beloved Jemez Mountain cabin; and only dreamed about travel to visit groups near and far as well as the international destinations that are so much a part of my former life. So, when Covid gives all of us a giant lemon, I decided to make gallons of lemonade — in the form of new ventures!

Also probably like you, I spent an inordinate amount of time, sorting and reorganizing the mountains of ‘stuff’ in my Rio Rancho home. I also invested in new camera and video equipment in order to be able to offer virtual classes! I publish a “Good Morning Friends” photo every morning on my Facebook page – check it out!

I do now offer virtual lectures and some classes, particularly “Asymmetry in Quilt Design”, and “Little House of Geese”. My lectures remain the same. Check out the new class descriptions and see if they will work for your guild. You can select only one lecture or just one class and, of course, there will be no travel costs.

Over the summer I worked on developing a new online class for the American Quilter’s Society, iQuilt Program. I hope that the class, Introduction to Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing debuts soon. I created a new block repeat design for the class, called Northern Lights. As soon as I get permission to release the pattern, I will publish it here. Stay tuned . . . I am excited about the coming year!


American Quilter Magazine asked for a one-block repeat design that resulted in this quilt that I called “Pandemic Special”, but they called “Curvy Flying Geese”. You can get this pattern by purchasing the November 2020 issue of the magazine or by signing up for the email list at AQS.

The amazing longarm machine quilting was done by Tisha Cavanaugh, who is my most favorite machine quilter. She takes what otherwise might be an ordinary quilt top and makes it sing!


The March 2021 Issue of American Quilter Magazine also features an article by me, “Color and Contrast in Quilting”. Inspired by one of my most popular 1/2 day classes, the article explores the multiple factors that can make or break a quilt.



The 2020-21 Hawks Aloft Raffle Quilt
We drew the winning ticket on December 4, 2021. The winner was Eliane Notah, one of our long time volunteers! We are so happy for her.


For Gail, quilting began as a whim, when friends convinced her to take a hand-quilting class. more


Gail lectures and conducts workshops to quilters throughout the U.S. and abroad… more


My quilting buddies and I also enjoy the outdoors so we formed a Quilter’s Hiking Group… more


Gail Garber frequently teaches for quilting tours…. more


Watch Gail and Friends on The Quilt Show

with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson!

Visit the Archives to find this Episode!

What fun we had filming!  Do you see the special guest in the background?  Stay tuned to learn all about the show, and a big reveal!


From the Land of Enchantment:  Thirty Years of Quilts by Gail Garber

Check out this video by the American Quilter’s Society created in January 2015.  The video features 30 different quilts, created over a period of 30 years.





What fun it was to work on my this collaboration with Kris Vierra. We called this “Celebration”, which seems to be an appropriate word for our quilt partnership. I design and stitch the quilt top and Kris works her magic in the quilting design and stitching. We hope you like it too.


Here’s the back of the quilt which really shows off Kris’ mastery in stitching.

Celebration - back of quilt. By Gail Garber and Kris Vierra


The 2021 Hawks Aloft Raffle Quilt

We did it again!  A huge thanks go to Cynthia Figueroa-McInteer for designing the center of the quilt, and to Barb Deshler for the hand applique and to Donna Barnitz for helping to stitch the center in advance of our retreat, held January 10 – 12, 2020. Our team completed the quilt top in 2 days. The winning ticket was drawn on December 4, 2021 and the quilt has moved to its new home in Grants, New Mexico. The winner, Eliane Notah, is one of the long time volunteers at Hawks Aloft. All funds raised go to support our team of non-releasable avian ambassadors that are the focal center our our education programs. We’ll be working on the design for the next quilt in January 2022 and hope to debut it in late spring 2022.

From L-R: Cynthia Figueroa-McInteer, Gail Garber, Vicky Harms, Ed Chappelle, Allison Schacht, Sami Sanborn, Layla (the dog(, Rick Deshler, Evelyn McGarry, Ed Chappelle, Allison Schacht, Sami Sanborn, Layla (the dog), Lizzie Roberts, Mary Chappelle, Evelyn McGarry, Barb Deshler, Carol Bauer. Not Shown: Steve Elkins, Donna Barnitz, and Maggie Stein.

Learn more about Hawks Aloft, the organization that we founded in 1994 and the work that we continue to do in New Mexico and surrounding states.