My mom was born in 1943, and died on Christmas Eve in 2003 from pancreatic cancer. Today is her birthday.
My mom was always the life of the party. She loved bold colors and had a personality to match. The picture above was taken in May 2002 of her and me at my studio open house. She came to Durham to help me with the big party and quilt raffle I was having at the studio to raise money for art school. She was my biggest fan, full of love, hope, and pride for me.
She also lived with a lot of anxiety, insecurities and her fair share of defenses. But as she died her character flaws and defenses fell away. In the end she was so beautiful. The light of her love and her sweet natural spirit, glowed through her ailing body. Her life and even her death is a gift that I will always cherish.
Linda Susan Wood (1943-2003), two quilts made from my mother's clothing, 2006, each approx 70" wide. Read more about these quilts and my process of passage quilting here.