Jane Howell, MSU Billings Library Director, 657-2320
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269
January 17, 2008
40 quilts from university employees and their families on can be viewed through Feb. 29
Just inside the Montana State University Billings Library, however, are several reminders of the warmth and strength of fabric and stitching. And as students began spring semester this week, they were welcomed to the library by about 40 colorful, festive and warm quilts that are on display.
The show, started in 2004 with a handful of quilts donated by the faculty, has been the brainchild and passion of Kathy Gurney, who works with the administrative support staff at the library. A quilter herself, Gurney favors the bold colors and patterns and contributes to the items that hang from various parts of the library’s ceiling on the main floor.
According to MSU Billings Library Director Jane Howell, the show has been well received by faculty, staff and students at MSU Billings. Employees have contributed quilts they have constructed as well as items collected by them or their families, Howell said.
“We have quilts large and small, modern and traditional – something to interest all quilt lovers,” she said.
A few quilters have completed projects especially for this year’s show, Howell said, and others are sharing quilts that have won awards in various competitions or quilts that have been made to celebrate special occasions. A favorite aspect of the show, however, is hearing the stories behind the quilts.
“Every quilt has a story, and we try to include a little of that story with the description of each quilt,” Howell said. “A library is full of stories, and this is one more way to tell the story of our community.”
The public is invited to view the MSU Billings Library Quilt Show during the regular spring semester library hours: Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m.
For more details about the MSU Billings Library, check out the Web site at www.msubillings.edu/library, or call 657-2262. Photos of some of the quilts on display may be found on the MSU Billings University Relations Web page .
Kathy Gurney, an employee at the Montana
State University Billings Library, has
coordinated the annual quilt shows since
they began in 2004. Her work is on
display at the library with about 40
other quilts during the 2008 show, on
display through Feb. 29.
Also shown are some of the quilts contributed by MSU Billings employees or their families to the 2008 MSU Billings Library Quilt Show.