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Gail Garber Designs and a Flying Colors Give-Away

I’m sure many of you know that I’m a web developer, but I rarely get to show you what I work on. Most of my projects are either as a freelance sub-contractor for another web development firm that I can’t discuss, or I build database-driven applications for a wide variety of clients that are hidden behind password protection.

So, I’m thrilled to be able to share with you my latest site for Gail Garber who is a fabulous quilter, author and teacher. She creates bold, colourful, geometric designs that I simply adore. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Gail at the Lancaster AQS show last year. We then reconnected again a couple of months later on Facebook and she asked me to redo her web site.


I worked with a very talented local designer, Tyson Kingsbury, who created the overall look and feel for the site as well as a new logo. Gail is very much in love with her birds, and Tyson combined that love with Gail’s passion for quilting into one logo that I think personifies Gail perfectly.


Here are a few photos of Gail’s quilts (you can click on the photo to view a larger image and the story behind the quilt):

Flying Colors Give-Away

With Gail’s bright and vibrant designs and swirling flying geese, I just knew I had to have her latest book, Flying Colors. This book takes the traditional goose beyond tradition into a heady world of free-form design. No longer just for geese, the curvy filler strips can hold many different designs and 14 different fillers are included among the pages, along with 5 full-size patterns.

Gail’s book is definitely one of the better technical books I’ve seen for drafting one’s own quilts using geometric designs. It contains several examples of different filler types, how to draw them, how to break up the pieces into components to actually create them in fabric, lessons on colour and placement of light, dark and medium fabrics to create the look that you want. There’s a small gallery of quilts for inspiration, many of which you’ll find in the Gallery section of Gail’s new web site.

Also included are five projects that you can make right away with full-size templates included. I want to get my feet wet, so to speak, with Tiny Trees and I’m in love with Winding Ways too.


Gail’s generously agreed to donate two copies of Flying Colors to my blog readers. You have two chances to win and you can enter both options.

First, head over to Gail’s site and subscribe to her newsletter. One random winner will be chosen from those that subscribe.

Next, have a look through the Gallery of Quilts, then come back here, leave a comment below and let me know which one quilt if your favourite and why. One random winner will be chosen from the comments.

Winners will be announced next Monday, January 24th.

Facebook readers: Please leave a comment on my blog itself, not on Facebook to be entered. Click the “view original post” link.

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This post was published on January 17th, 2011. Post topics: Product Reviews, Quilt Gallery, Web Finds. Post tags: .

193 Responses to “Gail Garber Designs and a Flying Colors Give-Away”

  1. Judyk2310 says:

    How can you choose!! I liked them all but Sail Away made me think about the days that I’d like to do just that! I love colors and these are amazing!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Judyk2310 says:

    I signed up for the newsletter and look forward to receiving it.

  3. Linda says:

    I absolutely love Galactic Tango. The random shape is so inspiring!

  4. Dena G. says:

    “Dawn of a New Day” is my favorite (it’s so hard to pick)
    Looking at it just gives me hope (pray for peace)

  5. Peg says:

    I like Tiny Trees – simple and to the point, that’s my style!

  6. Doris says:

    I am very impressed with Cartwheel Constellation, because curved flying geese just blow my mind! But I am also fond of Golden Oldies, in Tint Treasures section because it reminds me of a favorite vacation spot.

    The website looks just fabulous, so much fun color, but well laid out and organized…

  7. Doris says:

    I meant Wild Surrounded, in Tiny Treasures gallery, not Golden Olides…!

  8. Judy Danz says:

    My favirorite quilt of Gail’s is Indian Baskets. A good friend of mine made this pattern some years ago and I’ve been in love with it ever since. The new quilts are phenomonal! And I love the new website, especially the look and feel of it. Great job!

  9. Bea Langeweg says:

    Love the book so color full .
    January is a good month to look at fresh colors and quilts. Thanks from Canada

  10. kathy h says:

    there are so many beautiful quilts, that it was hard to choose my favorite but then I saw the cosmic parade and it was my favorite because of the colors and it reminded me of the inside of a giant clock.

  11. Kate H says:

    I love all of the quilts! I think “Black Hole” is especially exciting for me. I would love to learn how to put something like that together…wow!…and the curved borders truly work!

  12. Carolyn says:

    They are all awesome, but I really like “Land of the Midnight Sun”. The quilting on the blue background behind the trees makes me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. I also really like the “flow” from the bottom of the quilts scalloped edge along with the flying geese. You really can get a sense of movement from this fantastic peice.
    Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome book!

  13. Bev Kirk says:

    I’m a “Golden Oldie” type of quilter.. Loved the Southern Cross I and II patterns.

  14. Mary says:

    All of Gail’s quilts are absolutely awe inspiring but when I saw Galatic Tango it took my breathe away. I felt an intense life force connection with the quilt. I made me feel like I was part of a vast living cosmos. Stupendous.

  15. Tina says:

    Galactic tango is a wonderful use of the flying geese! I need more time to quilt!!

  16. I’m torn between “Big Bang” and “Cosmic Parade.” It is really hard to decide…but, I’m going with “Big Bang.” I love the colliding stars.

  17. Renee Pasich says:

    My two favorite are Land of the Midnight Sun and Tiny Trees. But it was hard to choose. Gail’s choice of color and her execution is impecable. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book.

  18. Chris says:

    I love the cosmic parade. The colors are great – its hard to pick on quilt as they are all so lovely!

  19. Becky says:

    I love Galactic Tango, it is so fluid and my eyes move around the wonderful colors and shapes so easily! I hope you choose me for the free book!!

  20. Charo says:

    My favourite is “Tutti frutti” I love its colours. It makes me feel happy


    I loved the Cartwheel Constellation quilt. It has such vibrant colors and so much movement.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  22. RoseMary Baty-Willcox says:

    cosmic parade- it reminds me of the alinement of the planets. The colors and movement makes you think of outspace. It is bright and exciting to the soul.
    Thank You

  23. Nancy says:

    Wow, it is pretty hard to pick a favorite, they are all so spectacular! Big Bang had me mesmerized with all of the color and movement.

  24. MoeWest says:

    I like Sailing Away. The fabric of the sky is gorgeous and I love the subject.

  25. sabrina aguilera says:

    first of all, let me say thank you for sharing. All of the quilts were so beautiful to see. All of the creativity just flows from everyone who contributed to the book. My personal favorite would have to be the “Albuquerque” quilt because New Mexico is where my father and relatives are from. He is no longer here with us on earth but everytime I see southwestern anything, it just brings me closer to him and it keeps his memory alive in my heart and soul.

  26. marsha evans says:

    I love Something Fishy. Very interesting use of rick-rack. But I also love the border of “Black Hole”. Hard decision!

  27. Robin Wrenn says:

    I just love flying geese – especially ones that change sizes or look like ribbons fluttering in the sky! I would love to learn how to make these types – I went to Gail Garber’s Gallary and just love them all! If I could buy one I’d love the Cartwheel Constillation quilt!

  28. Hands down, Land of the Midnight Sun. But I also love the bendy trees in the tiny treasures. One of these days, I’ll learn to love triangles. I’m so glad other folks can and do do them!

    PS: I’m involved in a Raptor Research program here in Ohio. Very cool. Coopers live in our yard, Barred and Eastern Screeches across the street.

  29. I love Dawn of the New Day. It screams America but is new and fresh.

  30. Jennifer M says:

    Oh my gosh, how can you chose JUST one. They are all so stunningly beautiful. I must have her book. Among my favorites is Sylvia, Galactic Tango and Land of the Midnight Sun. I love the fabrics and colors used for every quilt. They were all stunning to look at.

  31. Oh please please let me win this book. This looks amazing! You’re incredible!

  32. Anything with flying geese!! They just have a way of making a quilt come alive.

  33. Karen says:

    I’m in love with Teeny Tiny Trees!

  34. Linda Erickson says:

    Monarchs in Winter is quite lovely and probably my favorite (it’s hard to choose)

  35. ~Kathleen says:

    Wow! I like Monarchs in Winter because of the colors and movement the flying geese trails create.

  36. Heidi Wolko says:

    I love them all, but Big Bang would be my favorite.

  37. Merlina says:

    I love those flying colors, nice designs..

  38. Brenda Bailey says:

    Sylvia, a lifes journey is my choice…….not only is the P&Q superb but the the thoughts behind it are so strong that they shine through the quilt.

    The things this lady can do with ‘Flying Geese’ are amazing.

  39. Rene says:

    It is so hard to pick. They are all so very unique and beautiful. But the one that caught my attention the most was Freedom Star. There is just something so fasinating and tranquil about it. Beautiful work.

  40. Chris W. says:

    Galactic Tango is my favorite…..its the organic nature of this quilt that pleases me……you must have had fun making this one….it is as if the viewer can feel your artistic energy fueling its creation.

  41. itsrenee says:

    Monarchs in Winter. It looks simple just like the monarch, but when you get up close and really look it is complicated. I’m a sucker for a monarch . . we keep milkweed and at my So. Cal. home we still have caterpillars eating away.

  42. Renea says:

    flying geese to the next level!!! I have to live long enough to do these!

    How inspirational!!!

  43. Mary says:

    I like so many but my favorites are Tutti Frutti #3 and #4. Love the colors in these happy quilts!

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