Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum
By Susan Fisher
Margaret Maddox started quilting because of her love of early American and country antiques. A native of Atlanta, she grew up in Druid Hills and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Twenty-five years ago she, husband Carl and their two sons moved to Gwinnett County. Her two sons, Mike and Don, live nearby with their wives. Grandson Sam, age 14, is Mike’s son. Margaret lost husband Carl in 2003. Margaret learned to sew at age 6 from her mother, making doll clothes. She taught third grade for 27 years, decorated her home by making slip covers for her furniture. Margaret retired in 1994. She is an active member of the Chattahoochie Evening Stars, East Cobb and Gwinnett Guilds, AQS and Georgia Quilt Council.
She participated in her first quilting lesson in 1980 at Sew n Sew in Lilburn. The quilt was a sampler using cardboard templates, hand marked quarter inch seams, hand marked top and hand quilted using a lap frame. Teaching took a lot of time, so her cousin finished the quilt. When asked about our current methods of quiltmaking, she replied, “our tools are a thousand times better today”. Piecing and machine appliqué are her preference. A natural organizer, for ten years, she was leader of a very small, loyal group of international quilters called the Georgia Peach Quilters. The group exchanged blocks. She and Beverly Simpson visited some of these quilters in Austria, Holland and Switzerland. Margaret was an active contributor to the Habitat for Humanity.
Two of her pieced quilts appeared in “Quilt” magazine as did one group appliqué quilt. Her sewing room also serves as an office and computer room facing a cul de sac where she can watch children play. It’s a “”sunny, happy place”. So where’s her extensive stash? In the upstairs bonus room, of course. And Margaret is using her stash. She enjoys sewing charity or community quilts for her three guilds and Tiny Stitches. She sees quilting continue to grow in popularity both as a hobby and an art form. “People who enjoy sewing will gravitate to quilting for its creativity. Besides, we love the new tools and love to buy all the new stuff”.
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