Donated quilt to include Lincoln contribution

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Donna Coughlin spent the past four weeks sewing her first quilt and for a good cause. Coughlin, along with daughter Katie Trott, is participating in the Quilts of Valor program, which donates quilts to wounded veterans in Bethesda, Md. Trott’s downtown quilting store, Sew Katie Jean, on 5th Street is one of 100 stores across the nation making a quilt for the program. “The goal is to get 100 shops in 100 days to do 100 quilts,” Trott said. The quilt is comprised of 60 star blocks, according to Trott, and each block was crafted by a different individual from throughout the nation. Each block is signed by the person who made it, along with the state they are from, according to Trott. Coughlin is sewing the blocks together and Trott “is working on finding a volunteer” to do the batting and binding for the quilt. If interested, call the store at 209-3930. “I just think it’s a nice thing to do for a wounded veteran and that’s a little something we can do for them,” Coughlin said. “They can take it home and it’s theirs forever.” - Stephanie Dumm