University Relations and Communications

Annual MSU Billings Library quilt show provides warmth, beauty of sewn creations

December 2, 2011



Kathy Gurney, Library Technical Services, 657-1659
Brent Roberts, Library Director, 657-1655
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


Show runs from Jan. 11 to Feb. 29


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The recent blustery days serve as a stark reminder of changing seasons and impending winter on the northern plains. Yet for much of the next two months, the Montana State University Billings Library will feature yards and yards of reminders of another kind: the warmth and strength of fabric and stitching.


a student studying in the MSUB library with a colorful quilt hanging on a nearby wall.

And as students begin spring semester on Jan. 11, they will be welcomed to the library by a display of dozens of colorful, festive and warm quilts.


The ninth annual MSU Billings Library Quilt Show will be on display from Jan. 11 to Feb. 29 at the university’s four-year 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 and staff, has been an ongoing passion of Kathy Gurney, who is the government documents and serials technician 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.  This year, she plans to bring in three new quilts for the show.


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


Open to anyone who wants to show a favorite piece of work or a family heirloom, Gurney emphasizes that the show is not competitive, but a friendly way to share a love of quilts.


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 Quilt Show, contact Gurney at 657-1659 or by e-mail at


PHOTO ABOVE: A student at MSU Billings does some research under a quilt hanging at the MSU Billings Library.