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A quilt for a cause
Quilt to be auctioned for EMS fundraiser

A Platteville woman is donating a quilt to the Mineral Point Rescue Squad in memory of a friend from her high school days.

Kathy Wilcox, 805 Fairfield Dr. #19, made the quilt in memory of Bonnie Wolf, who Wilcox first met when she was a junior at the new River Valley High School and Wolf was the school’s first librarian.

Wolf died in May 2011. Wolf’s husband, a longtime member of the rescue squad, told Wilcox a gift for the rescue squad’s fundraiser would be a suitable memorial.

The quilt will be auctioned off during the rescue squad’s fundraiser Saturday, June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The quilt was a year-long project at Hidden Quilts in Platteville for Wilcox, who has made “I’m sure it’s more than 100, close to 200” quilts for “years and years.”

Wilcox formerly was a part-owner of the Aunt Polly’s quilt shop and helped start the Tri-State Embroidery Guild. She is now a member of the Stone Cottage Quilters, which meet in members’ homes “whenever somebody feels like having us,” she said. “That’s how most people remember me — yeah, you’re the quilter.”

Wilcox was part of a group of quilters who made more than 300 tied quilts for injured soldiers and their families between 2002 and 2007. She also has donated quilts to Lutheran Church of Peace and the Iowa County Humane Society, the area’s only no-kill animal shelter, for fundraisers.

“I like to find good homes for my quilts,” she said. “In moving, I’ve been giving away quilts to friends and relatives who I sense they’ll have a good home for them.”

Wilcox is now doing a quilt project based on “Every Barn Tells a Story,” a project of photos of unique designs on the walls of Lafayette County barns.

For more information on the fundraiser, including making pre-auction bids on the quilt, call Sue Hughes, (608) 574-0978. For more information on the embroidery guild, call Cindy Clark, 348-5929.