‘Quilted Hugs from Maddie’ will deliver to tornado-stricken Adairsville families
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 19, 2013 | 959 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MADDIE GILLEY smiles as she displays two quilt tops she created.  Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
MADDIE GILLEY smiles as she displays two quilt tops she created. Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
Quilted Hugs from Maddie, started by 8-year-old Maddie Gilley last year, is looking to reach beyond county and state lines to help more children in need.

Natural disasters across the country have inspired Maddie and her grandmother Nancy Moore to reach out to children affected.

­On March 7, Moore and Maddie will be delivering quilts to Adairsville, Ga., for children in need after a tornado hit the North Georgia town last month.

“She has about 20 quilts right now that are in all stages of readiness,” Moore said.

Through contacts at the United Way of Bartow County the quilts will be distributed.

Locally, Quilted Hugs from Maddie has partnered with quilt store Hyderhangout to create more quilts. On Thursday and Feb. 28, the store will hold “sit n’ sews” from noon until 7 p.m. to make or finish quilts for Maddie to take to Adairsville.

Fabric has been donated to Maddie previously, but people with sewing skills are needed. Event organizers at Hyderhangout would like to know by each Tuesday who plans to attend that Thursday’s event so enough fabric will be available. For more information, contact Susan Hyder at 715-2908.

“We’re not going for best of show. We’re going for what would be cute and nice for kids,” Moore said. “We try to get bright colors and pretty things rather than worrying about how fancy things are.”

Maddie focuses on quilts for children between 5 and 12 years old.

Maddie’s bright and soft gift giving began a year ago when she was watching her grandmother sew.

“I saw my grandma sewing and I wanted to make a quilt for my baby doll,” Maddie said. “And when I did, that’s when I decided I wanted to make some more for needy kids.”

“She has been donating quilts around the community,” Moore said.

Many of the quilts have been given to children who have been affected by house fires. Maddie has completed eight quilts of her own and has begun work on two more. In addition, she completes unfinished quilts (quilt tops) donated to her.

“I get to help kids be happy and have safety and know somebody cares about them,” Maddie said.

Maddie has partnered with quilters in the community and beyond through Facebook and Craftsy.com. Through their interaction on the craft site, Maddie has received many donations of fabric. Some donations even came from other continents including Africa and Australia.

Completed quilts have also been donated.

“We’ve donated 15 quilts so far,” Moore said.

Each quilt she starts from scratch takes Maddie a couple of weeks to complete. However, some quilters can complete a child-sized quilt in a weekend.

Maddie creates her own quilt designs.

“I have a really good eye for color,” Maddie said.

Quilted Hugs for Maddie can be found on Facebook for more information.