Quilt Show – Part 2 – NSM

quilt-show-quilt-7In Part 1 of my quilt show postings I showed you some quilts and how just the quilting made it look different.

I also showed you how interesting it can be to get a close-up look at the material that is used in quilts.

In today’s post I want to show you some examples of really awesome quilting that I saw at the show.

 

quilt-show-darth-vaderFirst, though, I want to show you this quilt. If you are a Star Wars geek/fan then you will really enjoy this one. Who wouldn’t sleep peacefully snuggled under Darth Vader?

 

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-darth-vader-quiltingWhen I took a closer look at the quilting I discovered that instead of using a pattern of some sort they had actually quilted in quotes from the movie in the dark bands. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t watched Star Wars, so the top quote in this picture was something that started with Let the Wookie… and ended with C3PO. The other quote was the infamous Yoda line about anger leads to fear and fear leads to the dark side.

When I got up close, though, I gasped and covered my mouth. My mom had no idea what my problem might be. Whoever made this quilt is not a big Star Wars fan or even a fan of Star Trek because this is what I saw…

quilt-show-darth-vader-light-fabricYIKES!!! This is one of the biggest sins in geekdom… to mix up or confuse Star Trek with Star Wars. My only hope is that if this is a gift that the recipient is nice enough to not ever let the quilter know that the Enterprise doesn’t belong on a quilt with Darth Vader.

Other than that the quilt was beautiful.

But my heart still hurts…

 

 

quilt-show-dress-wall-hangingThe hurt subsides a bit when I view this quilted wall hanging. Isn’t this gorgeous? Perhaps it’s just because I’m a girly-girl and so I love the whole fancy dress thing. This was made from a kit and as my mom and I looked at it we decided it was something that we had no interest in trying. The purple dress form and chest were all hand appliqued. My mom does not like to applique, so this one was out. The stippling, or background quilting, was done in such a way to help the dress really stand out. This piece is so much more beautiful in person.

 

 

quilt-show-white-quiltAnother exquisite example of stippling, though, was this white piece. It wasn’t just exquisite… it was stunning.

This is quilting in its purest form… there is no piecing, no colors nothing. It’s all just magnificent quilting. The skill and talent required for something like this is absolutely amazing.

 

 

quilt-show-white-quilt-stiplingHere’s a close-up picture for a better look. Can you believe it? There were also crystals added to give it a little sparkle. This is one piece that I would hang up on a wall just so that I could look at it. There would also be no touching allowed. You can look, but don’t touch! This was my most favorite piece at the entire show.

 

quilt-show-thread-painting-beachAnother thing about quilting, though, is it’s an art. Not only with the actual quilting part of it, but there are such thing as art quilts. We saw a few examples of a technique that I think my mom said was called thread painting. It looks almost like embroidery.

This wall hanging was one of those artsy quilts. Also, it’s the piece that I would have chosen for my friend Patty if I had been able to pick one to give to her.

 

quilt-show-thread-painting-treeThis isn’t thread painting, but thread is used to add texture and depth to the picture.

For example, this tree is definitely hairy like a real palm tree.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-thread-painting-waterAnd there were “rocks” added to the beach.

The water was made using a shiny fabric so that it actually glistened a bit when the light was reflected off of it.

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-8Here’s another example that I can show you of quilting and how it can enhance a piece.

Standing back you look at this quilt and think that it’s very pretty and it looks to be quilted like every other quilt.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-8-quiltingWhen you look at the blocks close up, though, you can see how quilting was used to really show off the design. You have feathers in the dark border of the block along with medallions quilted in the corners of this one.

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-8-quilting-2Right next to it the border of the block is quilted in the same way with feathers and the medallions, but the center of the block is different. The top block has a denser quilted pattern whereas this one has wider, sweeping curves.

These different textures really help your eye to see the blocks differently.

 

quilt-show-crazy-quiltWhen you talk about embellishing a quilt, though, you can’t forget about the crazy quilters. It seems like anything goes with these types of quilts. I never understood it, but I guess that some people like the look.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-6To wrap up this blog post I’m going to share a few more pictures of the quilts that I really liked.

Like this scrap quilt. It actually kind of reminds me of the double wedding ring quilt that my mom made for me using scraps of fabric that I recognized from other quilts or even some of my skirts and dresses.

 

 

 

quilt-show-pink-cat-quiltCats were well represented, too.

I just glanced at this wall hanging until my mom pointed out the cats. It took me a moment, but I finally saw them.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-cats-with-hatsThen one of the vendors had this quilt kit hanging in their booth. Cats with silly hats!

Please ignore the lady in the picture as I took it from a bit of a distance.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-another-cat-quiltThen I was walking and happened to glance over my shoulder. “Awww, kitties!” I said as I snapped the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-old-gloryYou can’t forget about old Glory. The yellow is a bit bright for me, but it’s a pretty design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-carols-table-runnerFinally, my last picture in this post is a table runner. The unique thing about this runner is that my friend’s sister-in-law made it. She did a nice job!

 

That’s it for today’s post. Stay tuned for one more installment….

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Quilt Show – Part 1 – NSM

quilt-show-quilt-1This past weekend my mom and I attended a quilt show. My mom is an avid quilter and I’m an avid user of quilts so we thought it would be a good time. And it was. I took a lot of pictures so I think that I’m going to break them up into three different parts.

When we got there we started out by walking around and looking at all of the quilts. There were a lot of them!

I liked the colors in this one.

 

quilt-show-handkerchief-quiltIt’s interesting to see all of the different styles and techniques that are employed in making quilts.

This quilted wall hanging was made with old handkerchiefs.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-handkerchief-quilt-squareI actually thought that this was a cute way to display antique hankies. They were tacked down with a few stitches at the points.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-4There were quite a few quilts that had hand-appliqued designs. Then they were extravagantly quilted. I’ll show some better examples later on.

This quilt really wasn’t made with colors that I liked, but it was an interesting interpretation with lots of hearts.

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-3As soon as we saw this quilt my mom exclaimed, “That’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt!” Apparently Bonnie Hunter is one of my mom’s favorite quilters. A quick glance at her website shows me that she does a lot with scrap quilting. So if you like Eleanor Burns, you’ll like Bonnie Hunter. Actually, this pattern showed up at the quilt show a LOT. My mom said that it was last year’s Mystery Block quilt.

The best thing about a scrap quilt is that as you stand back the colors all make a pretty pattern…

 

quilt-show-quilt-3-music-fabric… but when you look up close that’s when you notice more details. Looking at the picture of the full pattern you didn’t notice the fabric with music on it until you got up close.

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-3-steelers-fabricThen you look at a different part of the quilt and you can see that somebody’s favorite football team made it into the quilt, too.

This is a good way to get your husband to not grumble about a quilt being too ‘girly’ for the bedroom. Just throw his favorite team’s material in there!

 

quilt-show-bonnie-hunter-quilt-1Here’s another quilt using the same Bonnie Hunter pattern as the one above.

It has a similar feel, but this person used a darker border so that I feel like my eyes are drawn right into the middle. The other one draws my eyes out to the edges.

There was one other thing that interested me about this quilt..

 

quilt-show-bonnie-hunter-quilt-1-quiltingThe actual quilting that was done on this was very round and traditional. Looking at it in person made it feel very comfortable and traditional.

 

 

 

quilt-show-bonnie-hunter-quilt-2Right next to this quilt was yet another Bonnie Hunter pattern quilt. Again, the same pattern. Standing in front of this quilt I felt like there was something different about it, but I couldn’t really put my finger on it at first. Yes, the border is a little louder than in the previous one, but that wasn’t it. It felt more angular to me. Hmm…

 

 

 

 

quilt-show-bonnie-hunter-quilt-2-quiltingThat’s when I looked closer and saw that the quilting was done with angles and lines instead of curves.

As I walked throughout the show I took notice of the actual quilting on these pieces. The quilting could make or break a quilt. Is it too much? Not enough? Does it set off the pattern nicely?

 

quilt-show-perfect-quiltingHere is a great example of this. This piece was quilted to really let the quilting accent the pattern.

Take a moment to really look it over. The person who quilted this did a wonderful job. Without that detail this would just be another wall hanging with square blocks.

 

 

 

quilt-show-quilt-5This quilt is a good example of how best to do very extravagant quilting without taking away from the pattern. I didn’t take a picture of it, but there was another quilt that was made with a LOT of busy fabric plus they had a lot of quilting like this one. My mom and I didn’t like it at all. Not only were the colors so muted that you couldn’t really see the pattern, but there was just too much going on. It was not easy on the eyes.

 

 

quilt-show-fidget-quiltOne of the displays was of quilts that will be donated to local charities. I took a picture of this Fidget Quilt, though, because I had just learned about these last week. Fidget quilts are used for Alzheimer’s patients and also those with autism. The different textures and activities on these pieces helps to calm and soothe people with these issues. I really can’t do justice in explaining this so please check out the links that I’ve posted in this paragraph.

 

Anyway, I think that’s enough for now. I still have a LOT more pictures, though, so stay tuned!

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How To Cut Carpeting… The Unprofessional Way!

*Disclaimer – The following pictures are absolutely true and not photo-shopped. The story is true though the words are my own. This actually happened in front of my parents’ house and I was there to witness it. They live out in the country where even the Amish were riding by in their buggies wondering what these guys were doing!*

Laying Carpet Step 1Step 1

Pull your car out into the road to block off one lane of traffic. Place the carpet pile-side down on the road so that the carpet fibers are being mashed into the tar and dirt. The backing should now be facing up.

 

Laying Carpet Step 2Step 2

Using a measuring tape, place predetermined measurements along the back with a black magic marker.

 

 

Laying Carpet Step 3Step 3

Using a utility knife and a flexible straight-edge, make your cuts according to the measurements that you marked in Step 2. Be sure to walk all over the carpet in order to more firmly press the fibers into the dirt and tar of the road.

 

Laying Carpet Step 4Step 4

Now mark your measurements going the other way. Placing your entire weight on the carpet and crawling all over it is a good test of its durability. It will give the brand new carpet that ‘Shabby chic’ look that you want.

 

Laying Carpet Step 5Step 5

After all cuts are made, roll up the excess carpet. You may want to save this for future use.

 

Laying Carpet Step 6Step 6

Before you roll up the rest of the carpet consult your blueprint to make sure that you made the cuts in the right places. It is better if you stand on the carpet so that you can get a better view of your work.

 

 

 

 

Laying Carpet Step 7Step 7

To make the carpet easier to carry back into the house, flip it over so that it’s now pile-side up and the backing is on the dirty road. Now roll it width-wise… so that instead of carrying a heavier, but shorter, piece of carpet you have a very long piece that is a bit lighter.

 

 

Laying Carpet Step 8Step 8

With your buddy’s help, carry the carpet into the house. Make sure not to topple the stack of tires as you pass by. Also, just ignore the dirt mark on the backing… you won’t see it once the carpet is installed.

 

 

 

With these helpful instructions in hand you, too, can be well on your way to cutting your own carpeting!

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Cross Stitch Ornaments – NSM

grace-treen-9-10-16After framing my Summer Cross I decided that I wanted to work on something a little smaller. Also, I wanted to treat myself to using silk floss. I love cross stitching with silk as it just glides through the fabric.

This is the Grace Tree by M Designs. You can find her Etsy shop here.

This was originally designed as an ornament (I think). They stitch up quickly and work great with variegated floss. This is just a generic purple variegated silk floss that I used for this piece.

 

grace-treeApparently this floss is my go-to color for this tree, as you can tell from the one that I made in 2005.

I always use purple because that’s the color that I associate with Grace due to my friend, Sarah. Her middle name starts with a ‘G’, but she always says, “The ‘G’ doesn’t stand for Grace!” and her favorite color is purple. I guess that it’s just meant to be!

I am currently working on the Love tree, but I found a few more that I’ve made in the past…

 

 

peace-tree-with-beadsThis is the Peace Tree that I stiched in 2007. I’m trying to recall what color this floss was called, but I can’t recall right now. I know that I bought a few spools of it. This floss is no longer produced. It is a Hand-Dyed Fibers floss by Vikkie Clayton. Her floss and service were tremendous, but unfortunately she no longer dyes silk floss.

 

 

 

joy-tree-ornamentThe other one that I’ve stitched is the Joy Tree. This one was on my fridge for a while, but my mother-in-law loved it so I finished it off and gave it to her as a gift.

I’m hoping that these don’t take too long to stitch up. Besides the Grace and Love tree I will again stitch the Peace and Joy trees. This time I have different colors to stitch them in.

 

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Rockin’ Out with the Train Layout

Train Layout - Rock Quary - 8-28-16In the quarry Jay was finding pieces of rock that would be just perfect for his train layout.

While recuperating from surgery he spent time making rocks, plastering them on the layout and then making more rocks. It was quite the process.

 

train-layout-painted-rock-wall-9-11-16But I think that he’s doing a fantastic job!

We had a little issue, at first, with colors not quite looking right. He did some more mixing, some more testing, and this is the end result.

Please excuse the pictures as I took them with my old 3G iPhone.

 

train-layout-painted-rocks-2-9-11-16They really look like rocks! Once we get some lichen and tufts of grass added it will be even better.

Jay thinks that they look like No Bake Cookies with some Cocoa Pebbles thrown in for good measure. Mmmm… chocolate…

 

 

train-layout-painted-rocks-9-11-16I think he’s doing a fantastic job on it!

From here it looks good!

 

 

 

 

Train Layout - 3D Printed Signal Lights Perspective - 8-30-16Remember the tiny little 3D printed signal housings I showed you?

He’s been working on these, too.

Although, it was kind of strange to find one laying on the stand that sits on the front porch. Either an ant carried it up there or it grew legs and walked.

 

 

train-layout-3d-printed-signal-bridge-9-11-16Some of them, though, have found a place on the signal bridge that Jay 3D printed.

When my camera battery is charged I’ll get some better pictures, I promise!

 

 

 

train-layout-3d-printed-signal-light-9-11-16He even 3D printed a post for the signals that stand beside the tracks.

This guy is really tiny.

But he sure is cute!

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Care Wear – Charity Sewing – NSM

Dress #31 8-3-16Since it’s National Sewing Month I wanted to once again highlight one of the reasons why I sew: charity projects.

For the most part I’ve just been sewing dresses for my Dresses for Missions ministry through my church. The dresses go to girls in Haiti who have next to nothing. I do this in order to put a smile on a girl’s face.

Lately I’ve picked up the crochet hook and have decided that I’m going to start crocheting blankets for the local chapter of Project Linus. The great thing about Project Linus is that you can sew, crochet, knit or even make a ‘no-sew’ blanket.

 

How many of us love to sew or crochet, but you hesitate to work on anything because what are you going to do with the finished product? I mean, a person really needs only so many quilts or afghans, right? Do you work on projects for family or friends and then worry that they really don’t appreciate all of your time and effort? One way to know that the recipient is going to really appreciate your work is by creating something for charity. The other day I was tooling around the internet to see how many different charity organizations exist for those who sew, crochet or knit. That’s when I came across a site called Care Wear.

Dresses for Missions Blankets 12-27-15This site has actually overwhelmed me since I stumbled across it. It is very well organized, nicely laid out, and it’s so easy to find a place that needs the type of items that you are able to make. I can hear you now, “Kerry, if I’m going to make something I really prefer that it helps somebody in my own area. Not that it wouldn’t be appreciated, but helping closer to home is what I would prefer.” Great! Care Wear can help you out with that.

If you click on their Hospitals tab there is a tool that allows you to pick your State and then the towns for that State where they have organizations/hospitals already listed. Let’s say that I live in Atlanta, GA. I would use the tool to pull up a list that includes Children’s Medical Center, the March of Dimes, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Here is an example of what is provided for the listings:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-

Attn: Manager, Volunteer Services
1405 Clifton Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-1101, USA
Phone: 404-325-6180
Needs: Blankets & outfits for preemie to 3-month size in boys and girls (Onesies, sleepers, dressses, boy outfits, etc…) Baby colors preferred.

You can make whatever you want from that list and then mail it to the contact person using the address provided, or drop it off in person.

Fleece Blanket #2 4-24-16Another way that you can find a place to donate is by going to their Home page. Listed there are recent requests (all dated) with contact information, etc. For example:

NOVANT HEALTH HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL (Child LIfe Specialist–Kristen Beaury, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204  requests drawstring beads of courage bags for their patients.  Contact Kristen for more information (845-849-4289 or Knuss@novanthealth.org.          Directions can be found on the following site: http://www.bechildcanceraware.org/beads-of-courage/photo-instructions-for-bead-bags/     (July 20, 2016)

This website makes it very hard to find any decent excuses as to why you can’t donate to any one of these places. “But how do I know what patterns are acceptable to use? I don’t have time to sift through all of the internet sites to find the right pattern and I don’t have the money to purchase a bunch of patterns.”

Care Wear can help you out with that, too. Not only do some of the listings provide links (like for the bead bags above), but there is a Patterns page with links to LOTS of different items. Every pattern that I’ve checked out has been one that is free for use as long as you are using it for a charity project. And if you need some inspiration definitely check out the Newsletters with articles and pictures about donations, crafting the donations, and letters from people who have received articles that were made from the heart. Oh, and the newsletters always have free patterns included, too.

I have bookmarked this site and will be checking it frequently. Not that I have a lot of time to be working on even more sewing or crocheting projects, but I definitely have to be part of this. If I could afford it I would quit my job just to sew or crochet full time on projects like this. The way that I look at it is if I can bring a little bit of joy and happiness into the life of somebody who is experiencing some darkness, then I want to do it. Since I can’t quit my job I will have to do it in little drops here and there as I can find time. The good thing about little drops is that if you get enough people making little drops it turns into a trickle… enough trickles turn into a shower… and enough showers turns into a flood. It’s like the story about the little boy picking up starfish on the beach after a storm. When asked what it mattered if he tossed only a few back into the ocean when there were so many that wouldn’t make it he looked down at the starfish in his hand and said, “To this one it matters…” as he tossed it back into the ocean.

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2016 Air Show!

Me and Jay 9-3-11The first air show that I ever attended was in 2011. Jay and I were newly dating and he took me with him to the air show that he attends every Labor Day weekend. This picture is from that first trip. We were sitting in the cockpit of the P-3 Orion; I was in the co-pilot’s seat and Jay was in the Flight Engineer’s seat (which he had occupied at the end of his Navy career).

 

Our Seats 9-3-16Every year we attend the air show and are always blessed with beautiful weather. This was the first year, though, that the box seats were sold out when we arrived. Luckily I had thought to put our folding chairs in the car, so after retrieving those we set up to watch from this lovely spot.

 

 

Opening Ceremonies - 9-3-16The air show opens with the singing of the National Anthem while a Golden Knight parachutes into the show with the American Flag waving behind him. We had two RV-8’s (more on them later) making smoke circles around the jumper. The Golden Knight is the one trailing red smoke.

 

 

Golden Knights 9-3-16After the National Anthem was sung and the Golden Knight safely on the ground he quickly got out of his gear and started talking about the Golden Knights (Army) and what they do. Jay, being a Navy guy, wished that the Leap Frogs were there to show the Army boys a thing or two.

 

Golden Knight - Stilletto Chute - 9-3-16Since Jay used to jump he was able to tell me some interesting things about what was happening. I don’t remember most of it, but I do remember that the little parachute on the right is called a ‘stiletto’. I guess that it’s quite a fast little chute. I can’t recall what he called the bigger canopies, but he was very unimpressed and thought that the Army could equip these guys with better chutes. My guess would be that they are mostly used for dropping into air shows so it’s not that big of a deal.

 

 

Golden Knights Down Planing 9-3-16Suddenly Jay starts saying, “Down plane! Down plane!” This concerned me at first because I thought a plane was crashing. Then he jabbed me and pointed up. Apparently that’s what this move is called… down plane. Per Jay it is a very fun move, though a bit tricky. It requires a lot of strength, too. These guys and chutes are literally parallel to the ground and they are dropping fast. When they finally let go the chutes will upright them and give them back complete control. I am happy to report that all Knights landed where they were supposed to, and unlike 2011, none of them ended up in the lake.

 

Smoke from Shockwave Jet Truck - 9-3-16After the Knights were picked up and hauled out we heard the sound of a jet engine… then you could hear the concussive sounds that could only mean one thing… the Shockwave Jet Truck! Due to our seats we couldn’t actually see him, but he’s been there the past couple of years so I knew what he was doing without having to look.

 

Air Show - Jet Truck 5Here’s a picture from 2014. This guy has a jet engine mounted to the back of his Peterbuilt. He runs around making giant clouds of smoke and fire. Then he sets up at the end of the air strip and usually races whichever acrobatic pilot is there that year. It’s a pretty neat show that this guy puts on and for only $3000 you can ride along with him on one of the performances!

 

Engulfed in Smoke - 9-3-16Here’s another picture of the smoke that was created by this truck. We ended up being completely engulfed in it! Ladies, if you want to get your pilot’s engine firing… don’t put on flowery even sweet-smelling perfumes. Just dab a little bit of jet fuel exhaust-smelling stuff on your neck and watch out! I call it Eau de Jet….

 

 

City Engulfed by Smoke 9-3-16The Shockwave Jet Truck even managed to engulf the city in smoke! I wonder what out-of-town drivers were thinking as they traveled the Interstate and suddenly found themselves engulfed in a cloud of smoke?!

 

 

RV-8 Acrobatics 9-3-16The RV-8’s were the next to take to the sky. Jay informed me that these are home-built aircraft and that he could build one, too. These are acrobatic planes that do loops, rolls, tail slides and other somewhat risky maneuvers. It’s not that I don’t trust Jay to be careful in one of these… but that’s like handing the keys to a Ferrari to just about any guy and telling him to take it easy. Not going to happen…

 

Batcopter in Flight 3 9-3-16

Na-Na-NA-Na-Na-Na-NA-Na-Batman!

Yep, the Batcopter was at the show, too! This is one of the originals that they used on the 60’s TV series with Adam West. I think that they were yapping about this when they said that somebody had actually paid $4.2 million for one of these to put in their museum.

Batmobile in Motion 2 9-3-16Not only was the Batcopter there, but so was the Batmobile! I never realized that the Batmobile was a Ford Galaxy. When it comes to fighting crime, nothing says it quite like a Ford! I think that Ford should use that as one of their slogans.

 

 

Batcopter Grounded 2 9-3-16After the show I managed to get more pictures of the Batcopter. It took me a while to find where they were hiding it, but I managed to find it! I was highly disappointed when I found out that Batman wasn’t the one actually piloting the copter today. How can it be the Batcopter if it’s not Batman flying it?

 

Batcopter Grounded 3 9-3-16Apparently the flight panel is signed by Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. I can’t recall if they said anybody else had signed it, but those four signatures alone make this quite special.

I must confess that I’m not a huge fan of the show so I didn’t know what to really look for when I was taking pictures. As I was looking at them today, though, I noticed something…

 

Batcopter Bat Sprays 9-3-16It’s hard to read, but on the skid is a box with four bottles that says, “Oceanic Repellant Bat Spray”.

Jay and I watched a couple episodes of the show on Netflix last week just so that he could show me the Batcopter before we saw it at the airshow.

 

Batmobile Parked 3 9-3-16The Batmobile was parked next to the Batcopter so I took a picture of it.

 

 

 

 

Batmobile Parked 2 9-3-16And one from the side.

 

 

 

Batcycle with Sidecar 9-3-16As an added bonus they also had the motorcycle.

I have thoughts regarding a sidecar on a motorcycle for a crime-fighting hero, but I’ll keep those to myself.

 

 

 

F-35 Fly-By 9-3-16Back to the air show…

We were treated with a bit of a demo by the new F-35 fighter jet. Due to the coverage that I’ve read about the failures of this jet, I really wasn’t too impressed to see it. To be fair, I was impressed that it was actually flying. I figured they would have to get the F-22 Raptor to tow it and the Shockwave Jet Truck to push from behind!

F-22 Raptor 2 -9-3-16After watching the F-35 for a few minutes a real jet finally came flying in. Jay was disappointed that they didn’t have the Raptor on the grounds because he wanted to watch it take off, but at least we were able to see some impressive maneuvers with it.

 

 

F-22 Raptor 3 9-3-16I must confess one disappointment with the F-22 demo. The president of the Air Show had been yammering on at the beginning and had told us that the “F-22 Rapture” would be flying. I thought that the Rapture was a hoax! After the ‘Rapture’s’ flight we all were still here, so I guess that none of us were good enough to be taken during the Rapture. I should have known that just based on the idiocy of our current Presidential campaigns!

 

Heritage Flight 9-3-16At every air show they do a heritage flight to honor all of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. They usually use a WW2 era plane, whatever older fighter jet is in the air show that day, and then one of the newer jets. This year they flew the P-51 Mustang, the F-22 Raptor (not the Rapture) and the F-35 Failure.

 

Heritage Flight - P51 - F35 - F22  9-3-16Here’s another picture from the flight:

P-51 Mustang

F-35 Failure

F-22 Raptor

 

 

Afterburner Picture 9-3-16There was also another acrobatic pilot there, Matt Chapman, but I didn’t get any pictures of his plane. Close your eyes and imagine Cuban 8’s, barrel rolls, loops, and even a flip. There! Now you’ve seen Matt Chapman!

 

Blue Angels 9-3-16The best part of the show, though, is always at the end. And we only get to see them every other year.

The Blue Angels

 

 

 

Blue Angels in Formation 9-3-16Perhaps it’s my partiality to Navy pilots, but I prefer the Angels over the Thunderbirds. It might also be due to the fact that my favorite color is blue. Who knows.

 

Blue Angels #6 Dirty Roll 9-3-16I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures because I wanted to actually watch the show instead of seeing it through the camera.

I managed to get the start of the Dirty Roll on Take-off that Jay loves. I don’t have a fancy camera, so I just had to hope that I was taking some decent pictures.

 

Blue Angels High Speed Pass 9-3-16This isn’t the best picture, but that was pretty good timing on my part, eh?

Those are the #5 and #6 jets doing a pass in front of the crowd.

 

 

 

Blue Angels Dirty Pass 9-3-16And the #5 and #6 doing the Fortus pass. I had to ask Jay about this. Fortus apparently means, “One jet is upright and the other is inverted with all of their gear hanging out.”

 

Blue Angels F-18 Hornet  9-3-16After the show was over we walked around to see the static displays. The ground crew was busy going over the F-18 Hornets that the Angels fly to make sure that everything is in order.

What a slick-looking jet!

 

 

Jay's Old Plane 9-3-16We had barely begun to walk around when Jay said, “Hey, watch this!” You can see him talking to one of the pilots of the C-12 King Air. This was one of the planes that Jay flew when he was in the Navy. In fact, I think he was the flight instructor for this plane. So he knows what kind of prep goes into making sure that the plane is air show ready.

 

Jay Harassing a Navy Pilot 9-3-16He told the pilot that he had one of the fire extinguisher fuses that had been left in place. The pilot was very concerned and looked at him. That’s when Jay laughed and said he was just messing around. The pilot laughed and told him not to do that. Apparently during shows the fuses are removed so that kids can’t accidentally set off the fire extinguishers when they are messing around in the cockpit. Jay talked to the guy for a few seconds more and then we were on our way… to harass more pilots.

Jaws Chopper 9-3-16An aside… as we were walking around we saw this helicopter. Jay said that this is the same make/model that Jaws ate in the movie.

I didn’t see any gnaw marks on this one, so perhaps the ‘Oceanic Repellant Bat Spray’ was used on it.

 

The Might Warthog 9-3-16As we were walking back towards the area where most of the military aircraft was on display I excitedly pointed, “They have a Warthog here!”

Have I mentioned that the A-10 Warthog is my favorite jet?

 

The A-10 Warthog 9-3-16It’s ugly… it’s not meant for speed… and it really only has one purpose, but it is a butt-kicking kind of jet! This is a tank-busting jet. It’s only job is to blow stuff up! And it is GOOD at it’s job. Due to the mechanics and physics of the thing when the Warthog fires off the gun you don’t hear it until after stuff is destroyed. Some refer to this as the ‘Fart of God’ and it’s a sound that our ground troops love to hear. Do yourself a favor and pull up some videos of Warthogs in action on YouTube.

Warthog Teeth 9-3-16Warthog Teeth…🙂

The jet was designed as a flying gun. It shoots 30 caliber shells in spurts of 60-70 armor-piercing shells per second. Not only can it give a beating, but it can take a pretty good beating in return. There are instances where it has taken such extensive damage that most any other jet would have been downed, but not the Hog. It was designed to fly with one engine, one half of the tail, one elevator and half of a wing missing. Can you imagine?? I think that the F-35 Failure would crash if you just looked at it wrong. They just don’t build things like they used to, you know?

Overall we had a great day at the air show! Today I am suffering a sinus headache due to the allergens being blown all around me, and we are both sun burned, but it was a good time. The only bad thing about the air show is it means Fall is around the corner. *sigh*

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