Fabulous is the word to describe our trip to Custer, South Dakota! Quilts, quilt shops, a quilt in a musical, quilts at our bed and breakfast, quilts on a monument – what more could a quilter ask for?

Our daughter graduated in May as a musical theatre major and was excited to be hired by Black Hills Playhouse – her first paid gig as a graduate (yes). We knew little about the playhouse or South Dakota, but planned our trip right away when we learned she would play Laurey in OKLAHOMA!

I had no idea the trip would be so quilter friendly!

Dignity is a 50-foot-tall statue in Chamberlain, SD, to honor the cultures of the Dakota and Lakota people. She represents courage, perseverance and wisdom. Made from stainless steel, Dignity wears a Native dress from the 1850s and holds a star quilt made from 128 stainless steel blue diamonds. Dignity was designed by artist laureate Dale Lamphere and gifted to the state of South Dakota by Norm and Eunabel McKie. Learn more about Dignity HERE.Image of Dignity StatueImage of Dignity's Quilt

Just down the road from Dignity in the city of Chamberlain is The Quilt Shop. In addition to several rooms filled with bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric, is the main room featuring a mix of Native American art, jewelry, beads, quilt patterns, kits, laser pre-cuts, panels, and more fabric!

Owner Sonya was friendly and helpful, and is now selling #usebothsides patterns in her shop! Check out her website HERE.

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A partial herd of bison “greeted” us when we entered The Black Hills.

The South Dakota landscape is diverse and amazing. First up was a drive through the Badlands.

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The Badlands, South Dakota

There were bison statues all through the town of Custer, too – of course I had to share the one with the quilt.Image of Bison Statue with Quilt

Check out this bison following us on the road (view is from inside our Tahoe).Image of Bison on Road

Taking this long of a trip to see a show, we didn’t see it just once (three times) and we didn’t stop smiling, even to the end of the third show!




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It’s amazing that this quaint theater tucked in the hills has such a dedicated following, especially when you see the roads people travel to get to it! At least the first three shows were sold out. The energy level of the cast was high, the performances perfected, the direction was unique and solid (not that I’m an expert at ALL, but I know what I like) and the SOUND…I could hear every word. It was a wonderful experience. Everything you would expect from a professional playhouse.

OKLAHOMA! runs through July 29th and then they open The Game’s Afoot on August 3rd!
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Curly and Laurey played by Lukas Ptacek and Jacquelyn Kiefner

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Ado Annie – “I’m just a girl who cain’t say no!” Played by Josey Miller.

See  more incredible photos by Sage Studios Professional Photography on their Facebook Page HERE or go to their website HERE. He really captured the moments and the energy-even the rice toss the moment before the lights went out at the end of the show.



The star quilts took on significance for the Sioux and Assiniboine when buffalo was pushed to near extinction and hides and robes were no longer given as honors. Also known as the Star of Bethlehem, the pattern is also featured in quill work, bead work and paintings.

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Mount Rushmore

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Mock Up of Crazy Horse Memorial

We got to spend part of one day with our daughter and took in Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore!

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Owners Kathy and Ernie, Dakota Dream

Last, but certainly NOT least to share about our trip, was the warm welcome we received at Dakota Dream Bed & Breakfast & Horse Hotel. Kathy and Ernie were delightful hosts and, I’m telling you, they thought of EVERY thing to make our stay special! We highly recommend! Even after day three, I was still finding little things they did to provide all the comforts, well, beyond OUR home!

Learn more about Dakota Dream HERE!

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Every breakfast was a work of art.

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Kathy’s a quilter, too!

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Me and the hubbs.

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