Friday, October 15, 2010

Cutting, more moving day

Even though a lot of wires were taken down so the church building could move up Main Street, I was lucky and didn't have any interuption in electricity or phone.  I cut out this quilt last night so I could finally put away the collection of yellow fabrics.
I cut through my backyard and my neighbor's yard to get to the scene of the action.








It finally reached the block even with my house at about 1:45 p.m.  They started the move around 9 a.m.















































and finally it passed by.  What a spectacular sight this was. 









Here you can see some of the support for the building.










These 2 guys were under the church cranking the wheels a little to the left or a little to the right per orders from someone up ahead of them.








This was the back corner of the church where  you can see the steel beams and jack.









You could hear a chain saw every so often as the church made its way up the street.  This guy had to trim branches in several places.  It was a beautiful sunny day around 70 degrees.  They couldn't have asked for more perfect weather to make this trip.

19 comments:

Jackie said...

I can't wait to see your yellow quilt!! It will be fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing the moving day photos, they are quite intriguing! Must have been really neat to see it pass right by your house?

Sewing Junkie said...

WE have had several old homes jacked to place a new basement under and the simple supports make me real nervous that a good swift wind wouldn't topple the whole project. The yellows look very intersting. That isn't a color I use a lot. Anxious to see the outcome. Chris

Eva said...

It is a great thing to be able to move houses. How many of these charming old buildings would be lost if they weren't "mobile"? Our old buildings in the country can be moved only by taking them apart, separating the wooden frames from the tiles, numbering all the beams and putting them back together. It is expensive, of course, but some old houses have been preserved this way.

sosarahsew said...

Sue and I thought that the support system of blocks under the church looked like a giant Jenga game. I too took a couple pictures of that thinking a quilt may come from the idea someday.

Cathi said...

It must have been fascinating to see the building moving past you! I wish they would do that with more older buildings rather than just tear them down!

Beth said...

I saw several buildings moved when I lived in Nebraska. Amazing is the word. Neighbor Sues yard?

Miss Chicagoland a little!

True Blue Nana said...

That is so cool! Years ago they moved a church to a place near us. It was similar to this one, what I call a white country church. I love it when folks preserve instead of tear down.

karenfae said...

How nice that you were able to get all of those photos of the building being moved. You always hear of it being done but to see it is different.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Vicki W said...

It is so cool to see building being moved. I've never had the pleasure of seeing one but I've seen them several times in TV. I would have been out there all day watching and following that church!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I still remember the first time I ever saw a building being moved like the church in your town . . . and the process still fascinates me!

hetty said...

Cool! Watching a building move down the road. Can't wait to see your 'yellow' quilt!

Sharon said...

I watched a triplex get moved onto an empty lot by my last apartment. It was very cool to see this big house coming down the road.

solomi558 said...

I live in England , moving buidings in this way doesn,t happen here but I have seen it on T,v

I would like to ask can you help me . I want the name of the fabric that you sew on to your sewing then steam it to create a ruffled effect . If you can help would you kindly leave word on ksolomi@btinternet.com --cottonreel

HollyM said...

It continues to amaze me that they can move something of that size.
That is going to be a very pretty quilt! The colors are very sunny.

Muddling Through said...

How neat to actually see a church moving down the road! And that quilt is going to be so beautiful. You have the very best fabrics to make it shine!

Tine said...

That move is just crazy to look at!! I have never seen anything like that ;) Your quilt will be great!!

Lara Gibbons - Chocolate Coated said...

We rarely move buildings of that size here in Australia. We have been watching a TV program once a week that shows big moves, mostly in the States. It must be awesome to see it for real.
Happy stitching from Down Under.

Sherrill said...

There's a show on TV that chronicles moving old houses, churches, log homes, etc. and it's VERY fascinating. The snags they run into with weather, road conditions and all is kinda scary some times. But they haven't lost one yet!

Rebel said...

What a sight to see!

Love the yellow fabrics, can't wait to see what you do with them.