Today I guess we had cabin fever and decided to make a short road trip to the little town of Alden, home of an amazing shop called Prairie Flower Crafts. They were having a Superbowl Sale this week - about the only good thing I can think of associated with a football game. Alden is really tiny - this is basically the main street with the shop on the right and the grain elevators at the end of the street.
The shop was started in 1970 in the old Alden Mercantile and eventually it took over the whole block of buildings. It is a maze of rooms filled with fabric going back many years; it's kind of a trip through the history of quilting fabrics!
It's a cool old building, with wood floors and high ceilings and many of the original store fixtures. This is the entrance room which has craft items and knick-knacks in addition to fabric:
This room is the brightest of all (It's really kind of dark everywhere else) and has Jinny Beyer fabric dating back a few centuries, well, decades anyway. Also a nice selection of Liberty cottons and a huge range of imported Japanese cottons. The older fabrics have the old prices on them - I bought some Jinny Beyer fabric that was $7.00/yard,
This is the flower room, with flowered fabrics and baskets.
In here are kitchen and food fabrics with cool old shop cabinets.
Here is a room full of solids:
In here are Christmas fabrics, fabrics sorted by color and black and whites.
Another old store fixture;
I bought a few things and enjoyed my trip through the history of quilt fabric! They do have a website: http://aldenfabric.com/. The lady that owns the store is getting along in years and I hate to think of Alden without her shop!
On the way home we stopped at a cafe in Sterling for a hamburger:
Then admired the wintry Kansas landscape;
There were lots of Red-Tailed Hawks, Marsh Harriers, camels and ostriches.
CAMELS AND OSTRICHES!!!!!!! Yep - there is an exotic animal park outside of Hutchison where we saw them in the field.
I have been finishing up a quilt for our guild challenge, but I can't post pictures for a while - we're supposed to keep them a secret...