Gail Garber on Exhibit


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

Nearly forty years ago, after taking a basic hand piecing class, Gail Garber discovered her passion for all things quilted, a world of endless variations, extraordinary colors, and that there would be no limits to creativity. To that end, she immersed herself in learning everything about the art of quiltmaking, from those traditional hand pieced and quilted patterns of the early years, through studies of various techniques, and finally bringing it all together into one cohesive style for which she is now known – Flying Geese. Strongly influenced by the art communities and brilliant colors of New Mexico, her quilts are distinctive.

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Sylvia: A Life’s Journey 2006

34″ x 30″

Stitched and Quilted by Gail Garber

Made for the original Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative after my own mom was diagnosed with debilitating dementia.  The three sections represent her changing life, from her wedding day when all was bright and shiny, to the middle years after her six children were born and there were some bumps in the road. The final section represents the dark, stormy final years when she was locked in a demented world.  She passed away in November 2012.


Cosmic Parade 2003

45″ x 60″

Stitched and quilted by Gail Garber

A parade of colorful stars!  In this quilt, I featured the stars as if they were the floats in a parade with the free-form geese as the illusion of other performers wandering among the star floats. 



Big Bang 1997

70″ x 78″

Stitched and quilted by Gail Garber

I consider Big Bang to be my epiphany quilt, the one that forever changed everything about the way that I design quilts and select fabrics. 


Azimuth 1989

110″ x 110″

Stitched and Quilted by Gail Garber

Begun in 1984, Azimuth was inspired by Jinny Beyer’s “Ray of Light Medallion.” Entirely hand stitched, Azimuth was five years in the making.


Abo Canyon Memories 2012

65″ x 91″

Stitched and quilted by Gail Garber, Donna Barnitz, and Michele Hymel

Abo Canyon celebrates the rich colors in shades of red, black, gray and white found in Native American textiles, and introduces for the first time, the Thunderbird icon so prominent in the Southwest.

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