Long Time Coming

Sonoma Stars 54"x45.5" 2012-2015

Sonoma Stars 54″ x 45.5″ 2011-2015

Just in time for Finish it up Friday, my Sonoma Stars top is finished!!!!

A little back story: I started working on this in 2011 – a year before we started the Textile Mavens blog. I mentioned it in my first post: Quilt in Progress, and again in my 2nd post: The House That Fern Built,….. and then I went on to many other projects, pulling it out occasionally, taking it to at least two, maybe three, quilt retreats – feeling lots of guilt but little inspiration.

Karrie's Quilt - 2010

Karrie’s Quilt – 60″ x 65″ – 2010

Inspiration for Sonoma Stars

Inspiration for Sonoma Stars Quilt – page 231 of Collaborative Quilting by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston

The original idea for my piece came from a quilt in Gwen and Freddy’s book Collaborative Quilting – Little House in the Big Woods. I made a version of it for my niece and decided to make a version for me.


Leftover bits and pieces from Sonoma Stars

The pure joy, satisfaction, and relief released from completing such a long work in process coalesced into a frenetic bit of creativity: In the pile of leftover green triangles, strips and pieces of dark blue fabric, I found an extra owl and moon. I made a background from the blue, added the moon, the owl and some trees. I placed the owl between the trees, peering down at the pairs of small animals running across the bottom – I’m calling it Night Watch.

Night Watch - 13"x16"

Night Watch – 13″ x 16″



Best of all, I included all of my stars and used up all but a 4″ by 46″ strip of fabric from my stash for the backs of both of these pieces!!

Back of Sonoma Stars

Last 6 of my stars found a home on the back of Sonoma Stars


4.5"x 46" Leftover fabric

Destined for The Legacy – 4.5″ x 46″







My reward for finishing you might ask!?!! Tomorrow I am attending a Kathryn Clark workshop sponsored by The East Bay Modern Quilters, part of this year’s annual Stitch Modern Quilt Show. Go see it if you haven’t – it closes on April 25th.



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5 Responses to Long Time Coming

  1. Kathy says:

    Finished! Amazing. I feel so much better about my UFOs now. It’s beautiful and FUN.

  2. Marla says:

    This was worth all your hard work. I can just feel that little house in the woods.

    • Fern says:

      Hi Marla,

      Thank you for your comment on Sonoma Stars. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. It is a great feeling to finish something after being “in progress” for so long.

  3. Barbara says:

    Love it! I really like Night Watch too.

  4. Frieda Wisshack says:

    So wonderful ~ I want to live there :)

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