Marianne Burne-Gogrin, Designer
When I entered Marianne's Schoolhouse she was chatting with folks and putting the final items in place. I chatted with Marianne for a minute because I wanted to know how to pronounce her last name correctly. I learned Marianne was born in New York, raised in Ireland and has lived in France for quite some time. Learning more about Marianne is on my list of "to-do's" when I see her next. Do you find it interesting to learn about people's lives when you admire their work?
Marianne Byrne-Goarin's (Cinnamon Patch) Schoolhouse presentation was eye candy for the applique and wool felt lover. Although all of her patterns can certainly be used with cotton fabrics, I must say the wool felt (National Nonwoven Felt) makes them really incredible.
Cinnamon Inspirations, yes that is my thumb on the left....I had it in my hands.....but I was so awe struck by it's beauty (100% truth) that I lost my mind and put it back on the table....WHAT? I've lost my touch.... I mean mind!
Marianne is holding up some of the newest colors from National Nonwoven Wool Felt. I have absolutely love National Nonwoven Felts and they have some made from Bamboo too.
Be honest with me, can you honestly gaze upon such beauty and not feel light in your spirit?
This is a needle keep....you know how if feel about those. I NEED it.....oh I don't know if I can keep my sanity and finish this post.......I'm loosing it fast.........faster......almost gone now..........I'm circling the drain.......someone save me.....are those white coats I'm seeing now? (Thorazine does strange things.)
Or is it Thread House?.....ahhhhhhhhh
This thread house/keep is incredible. It opens from the roof flap and I should have taken a photo of the inside...but I didn't. The cheerful factor of Marianne's work is right up at the top of the scale. When I walked into the meeting room at School House and I spotted Marianne's designs....I sware my heart lifted and the joy meter in my chest skyrocketed.
Look at the little ribbon that ties to keep the roof closed. I want that little house sitting next to my stitching chair, don't you? (if your answer is no....I bet if one was sitting there you would smile a mile wide)Brewer's booth. Look at that wool felt....I could just eat it....it is so yummy.
Yes, those are spools of Aurifil 12 wt threads.....Marianne's own collection!! Aren't they beautiful?
I hope you have managed to maintain your sanity while reading this post. I know I can loose mine fairly quickly from time to time....typically when I see things that I adore and admire. No worries though....I have been thoroughly examined by the best and they say it is too late to "really loose my mind" ...if that was going to happen....it would have already happened....LOL
I found a great review of Cinnamon Inspirations on the Learning Patchwork website. Click here to read it for yourself. See, I'm not the only one that strongly recommends Marianne's work.
More photos from School House in Houston. Droollllling now......
The next two photos were taken at the Brewer Quilting and Sewing Booth.
Now you know why I go to Market.....I get to see up close and personal all the beautiful things that I would otherwise only see in magazines and books. If you ever have the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Festival.....GO! you will be so glad you did. And don't forget to take as many of your closest stitching and quilting friends as will fit on the plane or vehicle. Rent a Semi if you need to....it is definitely worth the trip. Some year I will stay for Festival.....perhaps when the co-workers are a little older.....or when they can come with me-now that would be amazing.
Big Happy Smiles,