Friday, July 22, 2011


Since the heat has reached to South Dakota, we decided to try to do our sightseeing in the morning before it gets too hot.  We went to the Crazy Horse Memorial first and were able to see their informational movie and museum, which were very interesting.  The Lakota Indians wanted a memorial of their own and Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski accepted the Indians' invitation.  The sculpture was started in 1948.  Now his family is continuing the job.

Mount Rushmore is only a short drive away from Crazy horse, so we got to both memorials in before lunch!  The first time I saw Mount Rushmore was back in the 50s!  It is the same, but now they have several buildings with different shops, an auditorium for their film,  a cafe and special parking that costs $11.

A picture to prove that I was really there.

While driving through Rapid City, my wonderful DH spotted a quilt shop and pulled in the parking lot before I knew what he was doing!  The Thimble Cottage is an amazing shop!  Designer Pearl Louise owns the shop and has her own line of fabric and patterns.  I had never heard of her before.

The shop has some of the best displays I have ever seen.  I love this doll bed and the doll clothes.

This is a section with lots of embroidery patterns.

Upstairs there are several rooms decorated for Christmas.

Of course, I love this patriotic display.

All in all, it was a good day and we are now camped in Sturgis, SD.  Tomorrow we head north.


  1. Going to Mt. Rushmore is on my bucket list. But I think I may wait for cooler weather!

  2. Sounds like you're having a great time in your travels. Me and my DH are planning to take out our RV for a two week trip in mid September and we haven't a clue where we're going yet. Any recommendations?

  3. What great quilt shops! Also it was wonderful seeing the Rushmore and Crazy Horse pictures! I was there probably in the late 70's. Wish I could go back! ---"Love"

  4. You have to love the husband who is on the lookout for quilt shops for you! That made me smile so big. :D
    And what a nice shop he spotted, too!
    I would love to see Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse in person some day. I've always been amazed by them.

  5. Watched a documentary on the Crazy Horse project. Absolutely amazing that his family is carrying on. Aren't those little quilt shops you never heard of amazing? Love little places like that!


  6. Next time I am hitching a ride with you....if not for the sightseeing at least for the shop hopping;) Stay cool, and have fun;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  7. That looks like a great shop - just looking at the Christmas displays makes me feel a little cooler! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I want to retire and travel around in a camper!! I'm so jealous of your fantastic site seeing.

  9. We were at Mr Rushmore in 1959, i remember I had two little ones with me. I am sure things have changed but they can't change the beautiful mountain. Lucky you, got to visit a quilt shop. Still in the 100's in N. Texas, maybe a change the first week of August. Stay where it is cool!

  10. What a great hubby, finding a quilt store for you! And a great quilt store at that! Mt. Rushmore...another on my list of places I'd love to there a lake nearby so maybe I could convince the hubby to go? Thanks for sharing the great photos!

  11. I really want to see those monuments some day. Maybe I need a camper. And someone to look out for quilt shops for me.
    Keep having fun.