About

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.

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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:

    https://wildonionstudio.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/tee-bags-a-tutorial-to-recycle-a-tee-shirt-into-a-shopping-bag/

    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!

    Thanks,

    Jessica

  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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