Susanne Woods, who passed away in February of 2020 at just 47 years old, was a quilting book publisher and an early board member of the MQG. She sat on the board from 2013 to 2018 and was then part of the MQG’s advisory board until the time of her death. She was incredibly bright and opinionated, with vision, foresight, and passion, and she had a hugely positive impact on the Modern Quilt Guild in its earliest years.
But her impact at the MQG was just a small piece of what she did for the modern quilting community. Her book publishing career spanned many years and included being the acquisitions editor at C & T Publishing, where she was the brainchild of Stash Books. She later launched her own publishing company, Lucky Spool Media, a company she built with a focus on fairly compensating artists and that now features many of the top modern quilters we all know and love. She could spot fresh new talent from a mile away and she used that skill to lift others up in their careers.
This ability to lift people up is the single biggest thing she gave to us all. She loved and excelled at her work, and through it, she never sought the spotlight, but instead worked to make a spotlight shine more brightly on all of the quilters she worked with, supported, and loved. So many of us loved her right back, and her loss will forever leave a hole in the modern quilting community. Please read on to hear more about her local MQG and the amazing work they did of finishing all of the quilts she had started. – Alissa Haight Carlton