Quilt Show & Sale


Quilting is Art!
The Hill City Arts Council is proud to bring this long-standing showcase of quilts and fiber artists to our community.
The Hill City Quilt Show & Sale offers a dinner and quilt trunk show, bed turning, prizes, demonstrations, vendor mall, classes, youth fiber arts activity and more than 300 unique quilts.
See the expanded outdoor display of quilts on Main Street, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Visitors also have a chance to give back to their community by lending their sewing skills to the Pillowcase Round up. The Quilt Show celebrates this popular art form while providing a venue for area quilters to connect.

EARLY BIRD Contest: Enter early for a chance to win $500.00 in quilt store gift certificates! 

Join us September 11 & 12 from 9 am – 4 pm daily for this two-day celebration of the art of quilting.
Admission is $5 at the door for adults. Kids ages 18 & under get in free. 

Xi Alpha Chi Presents: Dinner and Quilt Trunk Show on Saturday, September 11th at 5:00 pm at the Little White Church on Main Street.
Featured quilt artists will show their quilts with an old fashion bed turning. You are invited to bring a special quilt to share. It will be placed on the bed and you will be able to tell it's story. Write your info on an index card that you can read to the audience. For those that aren’t familiar with the term “bed turning”, they are the precursor to our modern “show and tell” programs at quilt guild meetings. Back in those days, women did not have many occasions to get together socially, and when they did it was usually at someone’s home. They would each bring a quilt to share, and since space was limited, they would lay them all out on a bed, stacked one on top of the other. Each woman would take a turn and her quilt would be held up for everyone to see and exclaim over while she told the story of the quilt.
If you would like to put your name down for the dinner, trunk show and bed turning please contact:          Kay Raderschadt 605-574-2937.

BED TURNING: If you would like to bring a quilt to share for the bed turning, please write all your information down on an index card to read.
Maker, date and story behind quilt. Please let us know when you email us with your reservation that you are planning to bring a quilt.
You can pay at the door.


The Hill City Arts Council celebrates all types of fiber arts and artists! 

Quilting is only one of several art forms within the category of fiber arts.  So, in 2019 we added a new category to the Quilt Show to showcase fiber art that does not consist of quilting's three layers.  Fiber arts is a style of art that uses textiles such as fabric and yarn to create works of art that go beyond the literal meaning of the components.  The artwork may be functional or decorative and two or three dimensional. 

Show us your weavings, tapestries, crochet, knitting, felting, embroidery, braiding, lacemaking, basketry, applique, mixed media, etc.  We have been celebrating the art of quilts and quilters for over 20 years and we look forward to supporting more artists within our community through the expanded Quilt Show and Fiber Arts.


If you are a quilter or fiber artist interested in entering the quilt show, please download the category and entry forms.

If you are a vendor and would like to participate in our vendor mall please download the vendor application.

The 2021 Hill City Quilt Show is brought to you through a partnership with the Hill City Quilt Show Committee, Heart of the Hills Quilters Guild, and Hill City Arts Council.

For more info, contact the Hill City Arts Council at 605-574-2810 or

Quilt block in logo:  Coastal Lily block designed by Minick & Simpson

2021 Quilt Show & Sale

Sept 11-12, 2021
Hill City High School Gym
488 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745
9am – 4pm Daily
$5 per adult, FREE for kids 18 & under


Old fashion bed turning will be at the Little
White Church in Hill City on Saturday evening.
Please click link below to reserve a spot and also let us know if you are planning to bring a quilt for the bed turning.


Fiber Art Category

Early Bird Special!
Enter early for a chance to win a total of 
$500 worth of gift certificates to local quilt stores.


Featured Quilt Artist

Mary Kay Cole


Mary Kay Cole has always enjoyed needle work and sewing.

I did hand sewing for relaxation – cruel work, embroidery and cross stitch. I made most of my clothes growing up and most of the clothes for my three children until their teens. Somewhere in the late 1980's I decided I needed to do something with all my fabric scraps. Quilting seemed the like the answer. I knew nothing about quilting and all the tools available so my first quilt all the pieces were individually cut and pieced. It worked but after reading more about rotary cutting, strip piecing and a good 1/4" seam allowance things went much faster and were more precise.

Those first quilts were tied but I didn't find that very satisfying so I started hand quilting. The hand stitching was very relaxing and enjoyable but was too slow because there were so many more quilts to be made. Next I tried quilting with my regular sewing machine – it was a lot like wrestling, not very relaxing. Finally I got a long arm and I still have trouble keeping up because piecing is my passion.

I want to see the art of quilting continue with the younger generation. So I have worked with kindergarten classes on "Q day" teaching them how to make quilts. Made quilts with my kid's third grade classes when they were reading a story about making a quilt with grandma. Taught all 3 of my kids to sew although only one has taken up quilting. Also taught my granddaughter to sew and she has received Grand Champion ribbons at the county fair several years in a row.

I've enjoyed making memory quilts, prayer quilts, quilts for weddings and graduations . As I mentioned, I enjoy piecing, especially intricate patterns and techniques I haven't tried before. My favorite quilts are scrappies but no matter how many I make my scrap bag keeps growing rather than shrinking.

2021 Quilt Show Sponsors


Pleased to announce our Vendor Mall is full.

2021 Quilt Show Vendors

2020 Quilt Show Winners

Best of Show–Joyce Ketterling

Mayor’s Choice–Kay Cole

Large Bed Quilt/Throw–1st Larine Page 2nd Judy Gifford

Medium Bed Quilt/Throw–1st Carol Head 2nd Debra Clutter

Small Bed Quilt/Throw–1st Penne Clanton 2nd Mary Ann Clark

Medium/Large Wall Quilt–1st Sue Gies 2nd Marilyn Eighmy

Small Wall Quilt–1st Marcie Parrish 2nd Nancy Nelson-Kremer

Applique–1st Joyce Hoyer 2nd Joyce Hoyer

Hand Quilted–1st Kay Cole 2nd Lois Wells

Modern/Art Quilt–1st Carmen Dolen

Baby/Children’s Quilt–1st Haleight Bower 2nd Barbara Cichosz

Miscellaneous–1st Sherryl Alexander 2nd Nyla Christensen

Juniors–1st Maren Sobolik 2nd Aly Comer

Fiber Arts — 1st Mary Jo Marcy 2nd Heather Gordon

HOH Quilters Challenge— Sherryl Alexander

Early Registration sewing machine winner: Heather Gordon