Welcome to the first issue of my newsletter, which I am launching along with my new website: http://gailgarber.com. You are receiving this newsletter because you have subscribed on my website, have been a customer of mine in the past, or have taken a class from me. I'll be sending out this newsletter quarterly with with tips, projects, student photos, and much more.
What do you get when you put together 12 dedicated sewers, 3 dogs and a very creative but complicated design? Well, that would be the quilt shown above!
Each year a number of us gather at my cabin to put together a raffle quilt to raise money for Hawks Aloft Inc.. This is our 18th raffle quilt.
This year's design was inspired by my recent passion for Navajo rugs. Check out my blog to find out more about the 2011 quilt retreat. Raffle tickets will be available soon for $1 each or 6 for $5.
"Time to Fly", © 2010, was designed and stitched by Brenda Roach. Brenda says this about her quilt:
“Time to Fly grew from workshops with Gail Garber and Andrea Perejda, and from Margaret J. Miller’s ‘Starry Path’ block from her book Stunning Angleplay Blocks. I wanted to have a block hit an obstacle, explode, and scatter. I drew the quilt on butcher paper and constructed most of it using freezer paper templates. There are Swarovski crystals where the block explodes and in the centers of the circles."
Please send me digital photos of your finished projects inspired by my techniques. I'd love to include them in the Student Gallery or blog on my website, or on my Facebook pages or both.
I am excited to tell you that I will be leading a quilter's tour of New Zealand April 4 – April 23, 2011. This tour combines the best of the New Zealand quilting with scenic and cultural highlights. Exciting stops include the Remarkables Symposium 2011 (New Zealand National Patchwork & Quilting Symposium) in Queenstown, extensive visits to quilting studios and stores throughout New Zealand, visits with textile artists, and an overnight Cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I'd love for you to join me and other quilters on this fun trip! For more information please click here.
Again this year, I am challenging my friends and students to create a little art quilt for the the Priority Alsheimer's Project Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.™ AAQI is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund Alzheimer's research. AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. AAQI has raised more than $494,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. Ami, a professional quilt teacher and author, was inspired to start AAQI by the battle her mother fought,and lost with Alzheimer's.
My own mother also has Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, so I am personally touched by this effort. I imagine most of you have also been affected in some way by Alzheimer's whether it is a loved one or friend who suffers from this awful disease. Last year we contributed 39 art quilts to AAQI and raised over $2,000 for AAQI. Let's see if we can double that amount this year!
Note: Priority Alzheimer's Quilts must meet a strict size criteria - NO LARGER than 9" by 12". This is so that they will fit in a US Postal Service Priority Mail envelope.
If you make a quilt to donate, please print out this form, fill it out, and send it to me along with your art quilt. We will register the quilt for you and mail it to AAQI.
And in early 2012, we will let you know how much 'our' quilts contributed to AAQI!
To celebrate the launch of the newsletter we are offering the Tiny Tote Kit for the sale price of only $25. It includes Katazome Indigo Dyed panels, made by me, for the front and the back of the tote. Katazome is a labor intensive Japanese dye technique. First a stencil is cut from special mulberry paper. Fine silk is applied to the paper, thereby creating a silkscreen. Paste made from rice flour and other ingredients is screened through the stencil and allowed to dry. Then the fabric is dipped many times in an indigo vat (which I have living in my backyard). Between each dip the fabric is allowed to oxidize, where it changes from bright green to deep blue. Each piece of fabric is a one-of-a-kind creation. The kit includes all fabrics and batting to finish the 10" X 10" tote, a full-sized pattern, and a wrapped cord for the handle. We have a very limited number of these kits available on a first come first served basis. Please allow us to choose the dyed panels for you. Order here.
Michele has known Gail for over 10 years as part of her Designing Women group, a bunch of talented ladies in Albuquerque who meet monthly to share ideas and inspire each other. She began working with Gail and Donna in January 2011. She will be helping with the website, computer issues, sewing, and most importantly, initiating and maintaining a semblance of organization among the threesome. Michele enjoys designing her own quilts and working with hand-dyed fabrics. At left is one of her recent quilts, made using Gail's techniques.
Donna has enjoyed working with Gail for many years, keeping the sewing room tidy, collaborating on new projects, stitching up samples and proofreading books. Donna has pursued a variety of fabric altering techniques including painting and dyeing cottons, rayons and silks. Most recently she has been exploring natural dye techniques including using native vegetal dyes, indigo and rust. She feels most comfortable using her own fabric for creating art and pictoral quilts inspired by New Mexico and is currently working on a series of pickup truck quilts based on roadside trucks. She has won awards for her innovative quilts and garments and has had several articles published in Altered Couture magazine.
February 19 & 20, 2011
Vereins Quilt Guild of Fredericksburg
Contact: Kate Hunter
February 21-22, 2011
Hill Country Quilt Guild
Contact: Carol Floyd
March 30 – April 2, 2011
Auckland Patchworkers and Quilters Guild
Auckland, New Zealand
Contact: Diane Anderson
April 4 – 24, 2011
Quilting and Textile Tour of New Zealand
Contact: Jan Coyle
The March issue of Quiltmaker magazine will feature my design "Sailing Away", a lone sailboat amid the setting sun, and the pattern too.
Look for my article on "Flying Colors" in the May issue of the American Quilter's Society (AQS) magazine.