I have always loved creating with fiber; my Barbie dolls never went on dates with Ken unless they had first visited the local couture shop conveniently located on the other side of my room.  Half my lifetime ago, I found quilting, and it became an instant passion and guiding force in my life.  Quilting is a perfect fit for me, and now that I’ve designed my Wild Onion Jacket patterns, I can quilt and sew clothes.

With shelves stacked with store-bought fabric, I have recently turned my attention to creating my own fabrics.  I dye, discharge, and distress  greige goods; in addition,  I explore creating the actual fabric using my longarm quilting machine, fibers of all sorts, and dissolvable film.  Recently, I have begun using these new fabrics to create my wearable art.  I’d rather be in my studio than anywhere else, except a fabric shop.  Or a shoe store.

I live in a small mountain town in California, surrounded by oak trees and horses.  My husband and 2 young sons all compete with my fabric for my attention.  Sometimes, they win.

One last thing:  Wild Onion is not just some crazy name I made up!  I am a native Chicagoan, and I wanted to honor my hometown.  “Wild Onion” is the translation of Chicago.

4 responses to “About

  1. Corni Quinlivan

    Hey Susan! This is Corni — I work at Cranberry Quiltworks, and have had a couple of wonderful chats with you on the phone (getting your patterns in the shop, etc.).

    I ran across your blog while reading others’ blogs … and am so impressed with yours (even the ear wax post!). You will be teaching at Cranberry/the So Cal Longarm Guild at the end of January, and I am so very excited to finally get to meet you in person. Until we meet, take care!–Corni Q

  2. John

    Came across your website while doiing some research on making muslin backdrops for photography. You were linked from: http://realitytourist.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/dye-your-own-muslin-background/
    Anyway, thanks so much for your tips. I’m a 51 year old man so I need all the help I can get on this kind of stuff!

  3. Hi Susan,

    I’m putting together a little “inspiration post” on reusable grocery bags for Wardrobe Refashion’s News section, and I was wondering if I could link to the following post:


    I would credit you and link back to the original post so that viewers can follow your tutorial. I might also reference one or two modification suggestions from the comments, if that’s OK with you.

    Please let me know, as I think the followers of the blog would love some ideas on ways to reduce the plastic bags around the house!



  4. I’d like more info about your Antique Basket Quilt – especially where I can find the pattern(s). Gorgeous one!

    Judy, another Chicagoan……….

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