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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOMs Away & Colorado Balloon Classic



Welcome to the Link-Up for BOMs Away Mondays!
 
We'd love to see the BOM you're working on lately.bo
This week's link-up is at the bottom of the post.
 
(BOM work in a sec - gotta journal some family fun first).
 
We had the best time yesterday! Scott and Marissa and I got up before the sun to drive down into Colorado Springs for the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic. We wanted to catch this unique bit of fun in Memorial Park since it looks like it's the last time it'll be held here. Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't an open free-for-all where crowds of people could literally walk right up inside the crush of densely-packed hot air balloon crews. Owners brought their balloons in pickup trucks and small trailers (sometimes just the trucks!), and they were literally being inflated within touching distance of each other. Some pilots didn't have enough crew members, so Scott and Marissa answered a call from the organizing staff to jump in. I would have been a superfluous helper, so I had fun catching snapshots of the process.
 
First you pull everything out - prep the basket, lay out the envelope, and then get to the big work.
 

Mr. Keller (owner and pilot) was very particular about the hoses being connected properly.

The entire envelope is in that canvas bag!

Hmm... not sure where the shot went of the top pulled out entirely -
it stretches out in a line maybe 20 yards long.

 Pilots "cold pack" the tops, which is blowing regular air into it first. As that is starting, folks up front hold the opening open, and folks in back attach the top to the top. (Don't know any more terms than "envelope.")  Somebody holds on to the tether line that is attached at the tip-top to keep the whole thing under control as the inflation process continues.
 
 
 
The fan behind Marissa is what fills the balloon in the first place.
 
Attaching the very top while the envelope fills
 
Once the balloon is full of cold air, the pilot oh-so-carefully sends jets into the opening to heat things up. It's amazing how fast the air in there responds, and very soon you control the tip of the basket as it all pulls itself upright.
 





 
 
 
Once the organizers remove the "hold" flag, the pilot gives a little boost to his hot air, and he's up - up - and away! 
 
 
Have a great flight, Mr. Keller!
 
 
What a great random adventure to be able to be a part of that process.  :D
 
Here are a few of my favorite shots after that. They had 80 balloons this year, and sent them off in two waves. Check out how the spectators are packed right in with the balloons once people really started arriving!  Also, you can see in some of the pics how the pilots love to come down and "kiss" the little lake in the park before re-ascending for the rest of their flight. Oh, and don't miss catching the crazy man sitting in a "Cloud Hopper." Two of those were there, and they just sit on a little aluminum chair instead of in a basket!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

Cheshire has a tail, just out of sight -
hangs down almost to the basket!

 
 
It was a superb morning - definitely worth the too-early rise out of bed and the $10 parking we paid to get into the lot the Boy Scouts could use for fund-raising.
 
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So - for BOM stuff!  I didn't do much at all, cause the day at the Balloon Classic was too much fun and then I wanted a nap.  But I did do some hand work. 
The bottom of the first block for "Fiesta Mexico" is stitched now - that piece is over a yard long.
 
 
 
Navarre says to tell you it'll eventually have this design work stitched on it:


 
 
 And I hand basted the 48 berries onto the applique border for "Heart & Home."  But I didn't stitch them down yet - started to, but had to go take a nap!
 
 
 
Also, the second of my cousin Kelly's Joseph Smith quilts has been up to bat at the quilting machine for about 10 days. The stabilizing is finished and the stars are quilted.
 
 

 
The finish will be a lonnnng time coming, though - I only get two 20-minute quilting sessions per day as breaks in my thesis work, which is back at full-steam-ahead. Last semester!!
 
 
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Have you done any work on your BOMs recently? Hope my U.S. friends are enjoying their Labor Day weekend!
 

6 comments:

Kathy said...

I would have gotten up early to see the Balloon Classic too! Loved your photos, looks like it was a great day!

Sharon said...

Those balloon pictures are beautiful! So exciting you are on the last stretch of school, take care of yourself!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I loved seeing all these wonderful balloon photos. So special to see so many in the sky together. I used to live in an area that balloons would fly over , I think it's surprising how noisy they are.

Lara B. said...

Lyn, what an exciting adventure you all had! An incredible and very memorable day!
Your Heart and Home is looking great! Don't know how you pack all that in around school work!

Suz J said...

I think there must be some quilters amongst those balloon designers - there are some great patterns in your photos to use as inspiration. I imagine you could get quite a bit finished in your two x twenty minute blocks - especially being super organised like you are!

FlourishingPalms said...

A Balloon Classic is in Indianola, Iowa, every year. It was pretty common to see all the balloon, though definitely an always-lovely sight. Looks like you had a beautiful day. The sky is such a pretty blue. Good to know you're keeping up with BOMs. Let's just say, I'm not. :-(