Gail Pan

MQU blogger Cheryl Sleboda interviews this Australian artist.

Originally posted on January 16, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

Quilter Gail Pan is one busy designer!  We caught up with this Australian quilter in between trips to ask a few questions.

Tell us…when did you first learn to sew? When did you make your first quilt?  

I learnt to sew from my Mum at a very young age…she was a dressmaker and I sewed Barbie clothes, made soft toys and played with scraps from her scrap bag. I started my first quilt in about 1989…I don’t think I finished it! I made a wall hanging in about 1995 I think!

What about the Modern aesthetic appeals to you?

I like the no rules approach of improve quilts…and the low volume backgrounds really appeal to me!

What advice would you give to a beginner in quilting?

Try it! You will be hooked once you do! Remember, practice. practice, practice!!

Your normal palate is very soft. What kinds of fabrics are your favorite to work with?

I love all sorts of fabrics but mostly reproductions. Although I do love all the new more modern clean fabrics (not brights though!)

What kind of projects are you working on next?

I am working on a new book for Martingale, new fabric lines and also projects for my next workshop. There will be wall hangings, tablerunners and bags…I have lots on my to do list!  Ok, I’m off on another trip!

You got it, Gail, thanks for the chat!  Gail can be found online at  To get the pattern for Dresdens in Bloom, be sure to pick up Issue #21 of Modern Quilts Unlimited.

Dresden in Bloom by Gail Pan.

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