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Show 2111: Working with Curved Flying Geese and Foundation Paper Piecing & Creating a Contemporary Antique Quilt

Featuring: Gail Garber

Posts On: November 19, 2017


Along with being a Quilt teacher and Author, Gail is the founder of Hawks Aloft, a rescue organization that cares for and educates the public about birds of prey that can no longer live in the wild due to injuries. Gail brought along three owls to visit the studio. They watched as she shared her method of using a flexible curve ruler, a pencil, and freezer paper to create a free-form drawing for making curved flying geese. She also has tips for eliminating waste when foundation paper piecing and for removing the foundation paper.

Also in this show, Ricky was in Paducah when an antique quilt caught his attention. The quilt featured a variation on an Irish Chain. He breaks down that quilt into workable strip sets and creates an updated contemporary version.

Gail's Pattern, Thunderbirds Rising, was created specfically for The Quilt Show. Click here to purchase.

Show Information

Links to Artists:

Gail Garber

Flying Colors by Gail Garber

Hawks Aloft!

From Chapter One:

Ricky loved an antique quilt he saw in Paducah featuring an Irosh Chain with a block called Polka Dot Square. He breaks down the quilt into workable strip sets and creates an updated contemporary version.

From Chapter Two:

Gail Garber talks about her bird of prey rescue organization, Hawks Aloft, and talks about the three owls that are visiting the set. We also take a look at her quilts and learn more about birds of prey.

From Chapter Three:

Gail shows us how to create curved flying geese. She also has tips for foundation piecing.

From Chapter Four:

Gail shows how to stitch a curved foundation paper pieced seam. But, her trick for using a 4” ruler to swivel and trim the curved goose segment without marking is an "aha" moment you won't want to miss. She also has a tip for removing the paper from your foundation-pieced blocks.

After Set:

Gail talks more about Hawks Aloft and the raffle quilt they create every year.


Add-a-Quarter Ruler

#17 magdalena 2018-02-22 09:26
Wouahhh !!!! j'adore cet épisode merci et le petit hiboux est tellement adorable
#16 Ripcurl 2018-02-10 11:33
I just cannot work out how to attach the second, third goose etc. Help?
#15 sarah21 2018-01-04 00:12
Hi TQS Team,
I know this is well after the show has been seen. But I thought it was still relevant anyway. I wanted to share to you how greatly I enjoyed seeing the wild life of the USA and Gail Gaber's wonderful technique using freezer paper to make flying geese on today's show! For a long time now, I have wanted to make a quilt featuring flying geese but was not confident enough. Now that I'm armed with Gail's information I feel I could master curved flying geese now! Thank you and Happy New Year 2018!Sarah21
#14 TrueColors 2017-12-04 12:47
I agree- One of Best Shows! Besides Gail & the owls, I really like that Ricky and Alex are reviewing old quilts and showing us how to update them. I hope the Thunderbird pattern becomes available. Thanks !
#13 maria36 2017-12-01 06:27
This is definitely one of your best shows. Loved Ricky's tutorial and will definitely try it, and also just loved Gail's tutorial. She is inspirational and a great teacher. Dare I say she "is for the birds"??????
#12 MrsMeadows 2017-11-27 22:12
Looks like the dates are is no longer 2012 :-*
#11 lvanderb 2017-11-27 19:28
A few years ago I took a class with Gail (she is a brilliant teacher)- so happy that you had her on your show! I needed the reminders of how she does everything.
So nice that she brought her birds!
#10 Momme 2017-11-27 11:40
The promotion for this video is from 2017-11-26 through 2012-12-02

I can't find a link to watch the show.
#9 beenbusy 2017-11-27 10:20
The promotion for this video is from 2017-11-26 through 2012-12-02
The date range seems to be incorrect.
I can't find a link to watch the show.
#8 Kekaha 2017-11-26 19:07
Genius Ricky—simplifie d something that looked complicated—I need to stop and study more rather than thinking something is beyond my skills. Loved Gail’s part of the program also. Very doable. Great show!
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