University Relations and Communications

Annual MSU Billings Quilt Show showcases warmth, beauty of quilts at library

January 7, 2010



Kathy Gurney, Library Technical Services, 657-1659
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


Quilts on display from Jan. 13 to Feb. 29


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Recent bone-chilly temperatures serve as a stark reminder of the unforgiving power of nature.


MSU Billings Library Quilt Show 2009Just inside the Montana State University Billings Library, however, are yards and yards of reminders of the warmth and strength of fabric and stitching. And as students begin spring semester next week, they were welcomed to the library by dozens of colorful, festive and warm quilts that are on display.


The seventh annual MSU Billings Library Quilt Show will be on display from Jan. 13 to Feb. 29 at the university’s main campus, 1500 University Drive. The show is free and open to the public.


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 in technical services 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. 


The show remains increasingly popular among staff, faculty and students and some groups make special trips to the library to view the show.


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, or call 657-2262. 


PHOTO ABOVE: MSU Billings Library Quilt Show 2009