Friday Fictioneers: Why Marnie got fired

My entry for Friday Fictioneers,  October 3, 2015.


Thank you Rochelle for your time and efforts each week to keep our creativity sparked!  And a special thanks to Marie Gail Stratford for the featured photo offering.

mouse-on-the-prowlPHOTO PROMPT – © Marie Gail Stratford

Why Marnie Got Fired

Marnie’s workplace was a yawn. Whoever decided that gray and tan were the optimal colors for this environment had obviously never been chained to a desk for eight hours a day. This lack of color scheme and hard lines had finally put her over the edge.

It started innocently enough with the mouse on her desk. A quilter in her spare time she envisioned turquoise chevrons across its top. That night she spirited it away and worked her magic on it.

Next morning she envisioned fitted slipcovers for the dreadful chairs. Kaffe Fassett would be an eye opener for sure!


Words:  100


For the uninitiated:

Kaffe Fassett is a world renowned artist, and fabric designer.




OH, you bet

And we love him for it.

Meet Kaffe Fassett in his own words…


For more really great takes on the photo prompt just follow the little blue frog!


57 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Why Marnie got fired

  1. katechiconi says:

    One of my favourite artists and creators! Thank you for the link, I’ve saved it to enjoy again later. Today, I used the very last scrap of some Kaffe fabric I’ve owned for nearly 15 years…

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, I do hope you have posted how you used it! I always enjoy your creations and Kaffe fabric is a delirious place from which to jump into creativity! (I think I have watched that clip at least 5 times today. He is such a peaceful and creative soul.)

  2. Littlesundog says:

    I think “going over the edge” was the best thing to happen to Marnie! What a great story of awakening and courage to change. And thank you for enlightening me on Kaffe Fassett! Wonderful video! 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      I think that you are probably right, Lori. 😉
      And as regards ~KF~ Can you imagine going to Jolly Olde for vacation and staying for forty years? I loved that part.

      • claire93 says:

        after watching that video, I ended up watching several interviews last night and am even thinking of buying his autobiography ^^

        • Lynda says:

          I know what you mean, Claire. I thought of him because of the plot in my story. I knew not many would know who he was, so I went searching for the video. The fact is he is a very creative individual and far more complex than I ever realized. I too have been enjoying learning more about him. BTW, if you haven’t already, do check out Shoreacres link here in the comments. It is amazing!

    • Lynda says:

      Dear Rochelle,

      He certainly did not! Poor Marnie. As for Kaffe Fassett, he and a couple of other creators of fabulous fabric design are always largely promoted and heavily sought after in the quilters corner of the fabric stores. Me? I would if I could, but the price of quilter’s cotton is expensive enough. I can’t afford him! However, I can admire his work and the lovely jewel tones of his designs. 🙂



  3. shoreacres says:

    I loved the story, and got the point, even though I didn’t know Kaffe Fasset. To be honest, I thought it was a coffee drink. Ah, well. It just shows what I know about fabric and such. I did an image search for his work, and found that some of it is just too over the top for my taste. But — and this is a big but! — look at this dress and tapestry he did. Oh, my. Those I could live with!

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, some of it is over the top, but cut up into little pieces and quilted it often seams to work well. I’m glad you liked the story, Linda, and I love that image you shared! WOW!

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, boring and bland does not inspire the worker to stay on task, nor for that matter to stay awake! I’m glad she did it, even if it wasn’t a lasting endeavor. Thank you, Mick!

  4. Deborah Drucker says:

    Nice take on that crazy mouse pattern. There is actually a group of ladies in Scotland who decided to knit a bunch of crazy colorful covers for stuff all over town like phone booths and such. Your story reminded me of them. 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      I agree, Joseph. I am at a loss to explain the craze for grays and greige as a color scheme in homes and offices. Boring! Yes, real life has colors.

    • Lynda says:

      I am certain there is, Tracey. A cheerful work environment encourages productivity and Marnie’s has been stifled for too long.
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Lynda says:

      Sometimes a person just needs a kick out the door to find the place where they can bloom. She will be so much happier in her new workplace!
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Justjoyfulness.

  5. gahlearner says:

    This workplace doesn’t deserve people like Marnie, and she deserves better. Interesting person, the designer, I had never heard of him.

    • Lynda says:

      It certainly do not deserve her, but definitely needed her, and we can be certain that the big kahuna probably never figured out why productivity dropped when she left. 😉 KF is known in all the quilting circles, and I imagine to the knitting world at large. I too learned something from the included film as I only knew him for his fabric design and knew nothing about his preference for knitting! Thanks for commenting, Gahlearner!

  6. mjlstories says:

    Thanks on two counts.
    Loved the story and agree that Marnie deserves to become creative director of that BLAND office – productivity would soar.
    Also loved the reminder of the lovely Mr KF. He is so inspiring! Years ago my Mum spent an age knitting herself one of his designs then knitted my then tiny daughter a matching jumper in the left-over wool. Today it’s worn by an old Teddy.(Talk about the Brits hanging on to old things!) Today I also spent hours I should have spent catching up on cleaning the house planting too many of the simplest brightest reddest tulips I could find – and Mr KF reminded me why indeed if bright red tulips are what’s needed, do it in style and be unashamed!

    • Lynda says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed my story, Miranda. Before my knees went out I used to spend hours and hours in the garden trying to make it perfect. I am certain that anyone who looked probably imagined that my housekeeping skills were of the same quality… Sigh, what fun is there in housework?

      And now, I am dying to know, did you plant your age in tulips? I rather imagine from your comment that you didn’t stop there! I want pictures when they all come up!

    • Lynda says:

      Steve, I think he is better known to quilting and knitting circles than the general public. I love his use of color, but have yet to get my feet wet in a project using his fabric. There are two reasons for this: 1) I wouldn’t know where to start, and 2) The fabrics I like of his I wouldn’t want to cut.

      These are major setbacks for a quilter!

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