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”!

The quilts that I created since March of 2020 have one thing in common – Color Saturation. Perhaps due to the uncertainty brought on by the virus, or just staying home all the time, other than walks with my beloved pups, Martial and Harpy. For most of the past two years I’ve used the fabrics from my stash, lovingly collected over the past 40 years! Probably like you, The past two years of my life were dramatically different. I 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 offer virtual lectures, including the new “What Goes Around Comes Around” as well as my new class “Midnight Sun”. 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.



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 2022-23 Hawks Aloft Raffle Quilt

It is IN PROGRESS! Check back soon to seen the completed quilt! Due to Covid restrictions we were unable to gather in our usual large group to stitch it in one weekend! The winning ticket for the 2020-21 quilt was drawn on December 4, 2021 and that 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.

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.