quiltshow overview

Black Hills Quilt Show

June 4-6, 2020

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

 The 2020 Black Hills Quilt Show sponsored by the Black Hills Quilters Guild will be held on June 4-6 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in beautiful downtown Rapid City. The show will be open for a preview on Thursday, June 4 from 5:00-8:00 PM, on Friday, June 5 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and on Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission is $7 per person per day or $10 for a 3-day pass. Members that help with set-up will receive a coupon for free admission; other members will get a $2 discount for a one-day pass (must show membership card to receive discount).

More information about the 2020 show will be added as it becomes avaialble. Come back to this page often to check for updates.

Registration is now open

Please read the rules before you register. Registration will close on May 5. You may register online or print the form below and mail it (it must be received by May 5). 

Quilts must be brought to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM on June 3. Quilts must be picked up at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center between 5:00 - 6:00 PM on June 6. You must have a receipt to pick up a quilt. If you cannot deliver or pick-up your quilt at these times, ask someone to do this for you. 

     Click here to Register ONLINE

     Click here to print form to mail in

After you register, there will be a confirmation displayed on the screen; then you will receive an email confirmation. There is no confirmation for paper forms. If you have requested to have your quilt judged, you will be transferred to PayPal to make your payment. Quilt tags for registered quilts will be available at all guild meetings between May 12- June 2. The top half of the tag must be pinned to your quilt; the bottom half is your receipt. If you find errors in your entry or wish to withdraw your quilt prior to the show, please Contact Us.

While you may like to procrastinate, there iis an incentive to register early. If you register before March 3 you will have your name in a drawing for a $50 prize. If you register before April 7 (including those who register before March 3), you will have your name in the drawing for the $25 prize. These prizes will be awarded at the Quilter's Extravaganza on Friday evening. Early registration also helps our committee who have to proofread all of the entries inclding the 150+ that arrive during the week before the deadline. 

All quilts must be registered, including those that will appear in Special Exhibits. The one exception is the BHQG Challenge Quilts (more information about these exhibits appears below).  


We expect to have over 400 competition quilts in our quilt show. About 25% of the quilts will be in the Judged Area. We encourage you to participate in the Viewers' Choice voting for the other quilts and also to vote for your favorite quilt for the Best of Show. This vote will continue through 6:00 PM on Friday and the ribbons will be placed on the winners before the show opens on Saturday.

Special Exhibits: These quilts highlight some of the activities of the Black Hills Quilters Guild. They are not judged or voted upon but are included for your viewing pleasure.

  • Inspiration Studio will display Paper Pieced Quilts
  • Heart Quilts will display Thinking of You and Caring Heart Quilts
  • Mona Lisa is the art quilt group and willl display a project called "20/20 Vision"
  • Man's Land is a lounge area for men (or anyone) to sit and relax for a while
  • Quilted Hugs 4 Kyds will display the quilts donated to foster children

BHQG Challenge: Every year, the BHQG members create challenge quilts. This year's topic is "Oops! Did I Do That?" The designer of these quilts will be kept a secret until voting has been completed. They have a special registration form and will NOT go through the regular check-in/check-out process.

Scavenger Hunt: There will be a Scavenger Hunt again this year to encourage you to look for specific quilts and to provide some fun for little (and not so little) visitors. Pick up a form at the admissions desk. 

Quilt Judge

You may elect to have your quilt judged. The judge this year is Pamela Day Walsh from Golden, CO. Pamela is a Certified Quilt Judge through the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. She attends and judges numerous national, state and local quilt shows annually. She is the Colorado Quilting Council Lead Quilt Judge and the past Chairperson of the Colorado Quilting Council Competition Committee.

There will not be a quilt appraiser at the show this year.

Raffle Quilt and Raffle Basket

The 2020 BHQG Raffle Quilt will be on display during the show. A wiining ticket will be drawn near the end of the show. Tickets will be available for sale during the show.

There will also be a drawing for one or more Raffle Baskets containing fabric and quilting supplies. Tickets will be sold during the show.

Silent Auction for Hospice of the Black Hills

The BHQG will again sponsor a Silent Auction of Small Quilted Objects to support Hospice of the Black Hills. In the last fourteen years, we have raised $33,421 for this cause.

Items will be displayed during the show and the bidding will close about 3:00 PM on June 6.


There will be many opportunities to replenish your stash and buy new tools and supplies. The following vendors have already committed to be at the 2020 Quilt Show but vendor applications are still arriving. We will update this page as new vendors are added to the show. We have room for 20-25 vendors depending on the space needed by each.

Barn Quilts and More   Painted quilt blocks on wood for house, fence or gate
Bent Pine Woodcraft LLC   Quilting notions, seam rippers, Taylor's clappers, quilt clamps, key chains
The Country Shoppe   Raggedy Anns, bears, pillows and stitchery samplers
Hancy Creations, Inc.   Quilt making tools, pounce pads, full line stencils, other marking essentials
Martelli Enterprises   Height adjustable workstation, reversible cutting mats, ergonomic rotary cutters
The Merry Moose Quilt Shop   Quilt kits, precuts and clothes ideas
The Quilllt Connection, Etc.   Fabric, notions, wool, Viking and Pfaff sewing machines
Piece by Piece   Quilted clothing, vintage quilts, and linens
Point Perfect Quilters   Studio 180 Design tools and patterns
Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe   Precuts, quilting supplies, kits, wool, yarn, Brazilian embroidery, cross-stitch
TJ Woodworm and Blue Essence   Wood thread holders, ruler holders, quilt stands
Trims on Wheels   Fabric, ribbons, lace, zippers, buttons, embellishments
The Willow Wood Market   Kits, patterns, wool, rug hooking, fabric, supplies

Inspiration Studio

The Inspriation Studio will be back this year. We plan to offer 3-4 classes during the show. As classes are confirmed, more information will be added here. Check back later.

Open Sewing for Project Warmth

There will be an Open Sew area at the show. This gives people a chance to sit and sew for a few minutes or a few hours. Machines will be provided by Fabric Junction. Fabric, supplies and helpers will be provided by the BHQG. Last year, four quilts were completed during the show which were used for Project Warmth, the charity outreach division of the BHQG. 

The Quilters' Extravaganza

Friday evening there will be an event called Quilters' Extravaganza. This starts at 6:00 PM Friday immediately after the close of the quilt show in the Alpine Room (upstairs from the Quilt Show). There will be a cash bar and appetizers followed by an evening program. There will be a slide show of the judged quilt winners. Incentive prizes, door prizes, and UFO winners will be awarded. The 2021 Raffle Quilt will be unveiled. There will be a Trunk Show for entertainment.

The name of Trunk Show presenter, the menu and costs will be available later along with forms to purchase tickets.

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors

We are most appreciative of all of our sponsors who donate toward helping us produce a quality quilt show and keep the cost down for the attendees.  If you would like to become a sponsor for our next show, please consider donating toward this purpose.  If you need additional information Contact Us

     Donate to the BHQG

2019 Sponsors are listed below. This will be updated before the 2020 show.

Gold  Regional Health Foundation


The Sewing Center/Fabric City
Quilt Connection, Etc.
Quilt Time


Kirk Funeral Home
Carol Bailey
First Interstate Bank


We have room for 20-25 vendors depending on how much space each vendor requests. Spaces are rented on a first-come first-serve basis. Applications must be received by May 13 to be listed in our program.

If you have any questions about being a vendor, please Contact Us .

     Open Online Vendor Application

     Open Vendor Application for printing

Refund Policy: Cancellation greater than 90 days before show, 75%; Cancellation 60-90 days before show, 50%; Cancellation 30-60 days before show, 25%; Cancellation less than 30 days, refund at discretion of the Guild board.  

 SAVE THE DATE for our future quilt shows

  June 3, 4, and 5, 2021
  June 2, 3, and 4, 2022