Monday, January 12, 2015

Picture This Plus Fabric Abilene, KS

Saturday morning I got up, had some coffee(3 cups) and a diet coke. I was on a mission. Abilene, KS is just a little over an hour up the road so off I went. Note to self ... When in KS do not drink so much coffee before traveling in KS where you can drive for miles without seeing a gas station or convenience store. Fortunately there was a place right as I came in to town that had restrooms. Those cornfields were looking pretty tempting.
  So why was I on a mission? Abilene is the home of Picture This Plus Fabric.
Woohoo!
Getter warmer!
Look at the gorgeous colors. 
Marilyn and I were talking and she gave me the tour...
The fabric comes in these rolls that weigh from 30 to 50 pounds. The fabric doesn't have any sizing in it. 
Here is the dying area.
Here is a serger and you can see the drying racks in the background.
There are also lots of wonderful models that are stitched on this gorgeous fabric.
This is what ended up coming home  with me. I wanted the light blues with the sparkle for some snowmen.
Above the fabric store is a lovely bookstore too. How lucky for me to get to visit Abilene.
Abilene is also the home of President Eisenhower. I didn't got to the Presidential museum and library.
 
 I did stop at the Dickenson County Museum and got to see this amazing carousel that was built in Abilene.
More gorgeous horses.
There are only 2 C.W. Parker carousels left.
Look at this poor unrestored horse. 
What a great treat to see this. The museum also has the second largest collection of phones. Some of the early machines looked pretty amazing.
  So after all this excitement I headed over to Salina, KS to the Cozy Inn burger place.
It looks very similar to the Texas Tavern in Roanoke, VA. This place is only serves burgers.
Yum! I can see why this is one of Kansas's most iconic restaurants.
The little burgers were yummy.
  So after lunch I headed back to Newton.

What a day!
Thanks for riding along!

Chris

26 comments:

carol fun said...

Oh my goodness...I had to wipe the drool off of my screen after seeing all those beautiful hand dyed cross stitch fabrics. Need to put this place on my bucket list. Love what you picked out.

Brigitte said...

How exciting this visit at PTP must have been. All these absolutely great fabric colours, and those gorgeous models that are stitched on them. I don't know what I would do if I could visit there, lol.

butterfly said...

Wow Chris you found a great place the fabric looks just wonderful hugs.

Marilyn said...

Lucky you to get to go to PTP!
I wouldn't have been able to leave. lol
Gretat fabric you picked out, and love the Carousel.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Marilyn

Julie said...

A great tour of fabric dyers, how wonderful, thanks for sharing that.
I can just imagine you wiggling about in your seat of the car lol xx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

What a great trip you had, as always I enjoyed tagging along.

P.J. said...

Oh you make yearn for the days I lived in Kansas. So cool that your were able to spend some time seeing the sights. Thanks for the mini tour of PTP Fabric. So neat to see the behind the scenes. The carousel is amazing!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Wow. The fabrics look amazing. What a treat. Thank you for sharing.all the sights

Lee said...

Great post! Loved the peek into the back rooms at PTP!

Carol said...

What fun to get such an in-depth look at PTP, Chris!! Lovely fabrics that you went home with you, too!

Vickie said...

Cool mission Chris. PTP is really neat, but so is the town.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Nice road trip--seeing all that fabric would be pure delight and More than one piece would be coming home with me.

Have to watch the liquid consumption when traveling

The Inspired Stitcher said...

How fun to get to see where the fabric is made! I'll have to add that to the list of road trip "must see" places. You never know when you might find yourself in Kansas. LOL! Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Oh Chris, thank you for the chuckle about coffee drinking and driving in Kansas! What a fun adventure you had with stopping at PTP, the burger joint and the museum. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Robin in Virginia

Sally said...

Wow what a fantastic trip! I'm so envious that you got to see all that gorgeous fabric! Nice pieces you bought too.

Vera said...

Yum to the burgers AND the fabric!! Glad you didn't have to stop in a cornfield - lol.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a fun day! I know what you mean about the fields in Kansas. I remeber them well. We lived there for one year when my dad was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, prior to going to Korea.

You always find great things to do, no matter where you are. Love that!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What an awesome roadtrip and sooo cool to visit PTP!!!

valerie said...

Sounds like you had an awesome day. I would love to visit PTP one day! And the museum sounds really cool! I love merry-go-rounds!

geeky Heather said...

I would not have gotten out of PTP with my life!!! Too cool to see the carousel museum.

Barbi said...

Oh My Gosh!!!! Drooling over all those gorgeous fabrics!!!! Some people dream of rolling around in money on the bed. I would love to roll around in those fabrics!! LOL and those burgers look de-lish!!

Margaret said...

I grew up very close to Abilene. We used to go to the Eisenhower museum and home all the time -- very fond memories. Have I been to PTP? No!!!! lol! I need to go there sometime! Lucky you to get the tour as well as those delicious fabrics! The hamburger place looks yummy too! Love carousels -- old ones especially.

Annette-California said...

How cool!!! What a great road trip! Loved getting to see PTP. You sure selected some beautiful fabrics to bring home. Thank you for sharing with us. Wonderful carousel museum.
love Annette

Susan said...

One word - JEALOUS!!! Of both the visit to PTP and the burgers. Love the carousel.

DJH said...

Holy cow I would be in trouble if I walked into a store like that! Wowzers. Amazing.

Krista said...

Wow, another fantastic stop! So hard to resist such lovely fabrics! Those burgers look yummmmm-o :) Thanks for taking us on the ride with you!