Gail Garber Designs

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About Gail

Gail EditedBold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore – that’s how you know you’re looking at one of Gail’s quilts! Her style has become immediately recognizable because of her talent for combing vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers.

Gail was the featured quilter at AQS QuiltWEEK Daytona Beach 2018 and also was featured at AQS QuiltWEEK Albuquerque 2015  in the retrospective exhibit, “From the Land of Enchantment:  Thirty Years of Quilts by Gail Garber”.  They produced a video tour of the exhibit which can be viewed here.   

Her quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Author of three books and >100 magazine articles, Gail judges quilt shows, conducts workshops, and lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad. From novice level classes that take the mystery out of paper foundation techniques and curved seam piecing to intermediate classes focusing on original design, students love her ability to make every student successful.

For Gail, quilting began as a whim, when friends convinced her to take a hand-quilting class. Quiltmaking quickly became a passion. Gail’s early quilts are traditional with conservative fabric choices. By 1984, she began exploring original design.  In 1990, she purchased her first BERNINA machine, the 1230 model that she still owns and still uses.  She later joined the Bernina Amabassador Program and worked her way through a variety of different models, but her all time favorite is her BERNINA Artista 730 because it can sew through anything without missing a stitch!

Her first effort, Azimuth, is a king-size medallion style quilt that features a Mariner’s Compass in the center and variations of the compass throughout the quilt. This award winning quilt has been displayed at quilt venues throughout the U.S. and overseas.  It is now in the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY along with several of Gail’s other quilts: Cosmic Parade; Big Bang; Mariposas Mi Amigas; and Celebration.

Azimuth, 1989, by Gail Garber

See Gail’s quilts here

Following our two-year COVID isolation period, Gail  now offers virtual lectures and workshops via Zoom or webinars, as well as a very limited number of in person classes, such as those for Quilt Seminars at Sea. Her classes for novices include instruction in color and composition, introduction to freezer paper foundation piecing, and drafting, drawing and design. She continues to lead tours for quilters and birdwatchers to exciting “off-the-beaten-path” locations.

In her other life, Gail is the Executive Director for Hawks Aloft, a New Mexico conservation organization. This organization was founded by Gail and others in February 1994. They conduct education and research programs to monitor and protect raptors and other neotropical migratory birds. During her non-quilting time, Gail may be found working with schools and various interest groups in the community, promoting raptor and conservation awareness, flying in a small aircraft locating nests of large raptors and eagles, or conducting surveys on foot in remote, back-country areas of New Mexico. Several non-releasable, permanently injured education raptors are housed in outdoor flight cages at her Albuquerque home.

Read more about Gail’s life with birds