Inspired To Sew!!! Bari J Ackerman’s debut BOOK!

I don’t sew….oh sure I piddle around and I love to sew paper but I couldn’t tell Bari that.  Not that she’d think less of me but it’s surprising in this industry when someone doesn’t sew.  I’m a crafter by nature and have held the privilege of Creative Director for Sis Boom Fabrics but I found a seamstress who could reflect my ideas early on so I was able to do more crafting.  I did however want to pay tribute to Bari J so I jumped on board to salute her process and her wonderful debut book!!!

What I loved about her intro was that she invited awkwardness and a case of the uglies that comes with any new creative venture and I so appreciated that.  We need permission.  We need permission to try things that are new.  So with Bari’s help I moved out of my comfort zone and tried something totally new.  I took a gamble at Collage art.

I’ve always loved Bari’s eye!  Early on I could see a diamond in the rough and now it’s all shiny and buffed and ready for it’s debut.  This book is Bari!  It is her unique style in every way.  I adore her.  This blog tour is an honor to be able to tip my hat to this incredible artist.

So for my project I did this heart to convey how much she means to me and I did it in my unique way as only I could , awkward and lumpy, but all mine. Thanks for having us try to incorporate anything that resonates with us! Bari thanks for the invitation to play and for keeping it real .  I heart you!!

Want to win a copy of Bari J’s book?! ..then leave a comment! Winner will be announced in 1 week!

Best wishes to my friends on the blog tour.  Visit them and see how they participate in the blog tour.  Get the book and get busy.  Inspired To Sew by Bari J Ackerman.

To the other Artists that were inspired by Bari’s book— It is wonderful to be among such great company! Click on each link below to take the blog tour & have fun seeing what these other Artists had to say!….

120 Responses to “Inspired To Sew!!! Bari J Ackerman’s debut BOOK!”

  1. Aunt Spicy says:

    total sucker for pom-pom’s so that heart is just calling my name! It looks like a vibrant, fun book!

  2. kathy h says:

    THis looks like a fun book for trying something new. I can get seewing the same things all the time and like to try a new idea or technique.

  3. Melissa P says:

    Now that’s a proper Valentine! And you are right–permission to fail and not do it perfectly the first, or second or third, time around is crucial to the process. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anita says:

    Congrats to Bari. Her book sounds like it is full of great projects.

  5. Monique says:

    Jennifer, I love your pillow! You & are Bari are great collage-ers & its something I haven’t tried yet, but want to! I love all the projects I’ve seen so far!

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  7. Lori G. says:

    I love your project! I first heard about Bari in a magazine & have been following her blog since then. I love her collage style, too, but have been afraid to try it! I can’t wait to get my hands on her book & see if it helps me step out of my fear zone. Thanks for being part of this blog hop!

  8. robin says:

    Pom poms on the edges of your pillow – neat idea! I’d love to win the book. Thanks for the chance!

  9. stacy says:

    What a pretty pillow! I’d love an inspiration book like this!

  10. Courtney says:

    Wow, what a pillow! If this pillow came from that book, it must be good. I love all the layers.

  11. Judy says:

    Bari’s book looks delish! I love the applique pillow that you made. I personally find Bari J very inspireing. She really does have a wonderful eye, and translates what she sees so beautifully. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book!

  12. ~Kathleen says:

    Ooooh, what a fun book! It does look wonderful and inspiring. Thank you for joining the Inspired to Sew Parade! ~Kathleen

  13. jennifer says:

    such a beautiful and colorful book – would love to have a “crafternoo” on yet another snowy day here!

  14. Your heart is totally wonderful – for a non-sewer you sure have done a great heart pillow. Please enter me for your giveaway.

  15. AlyGatr says:

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more! That pillow is SO undeniably adorable. I feel like such a bumbler when I try to collage. “Case of the uglies”…Bari J hit that nail on the head. I can’t tell you how many times things I imagine take an ugly turn! It can be so tough being comfortable with the ackwardness.

    I had no idea you weren’t a sewing fiend. I don’t know why, but I think that’s kinda cool! Like you said, people just assume that you sew a lot when you design fabrics.

  16. DianeY says:

    The book sounds great. I can’t believe you don’t sew, though!

  17. Pillow = {Love} I would like to own it! =:O)

    Looks like a yummy book, thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  18. Jenny Fish says:

    I love Bari J’s blog! She is very creative. Jennifer be loud and proud about that pillow it is you all over and it’s not about perfect stitching its about the expression in your work. You express it well girl! I love it!

  19. Heather says:

    Wouldn’t I just LOVE to try some projects from this book!!

  20. Heather F says:

    Your pillow is so beautiful! I’d love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Lori says:

    I would love to win a copy of Bari’s new book! It looks beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Jansie says:

    Wow, I just love blog hops. I get to see and meet so many cool blogs that I would otherwise have never known about. And yours is one of those!! So glad you decided to take part, despite not being a sewer. I think that’s awesome. 🙂
    Cheers and thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe you don’t sew!

    I would love to win a copy of this book, thank you for helping to host the giveaway.

  24. Sara says:

    Every time I see Book of Bari’s – I realise I want it…Maybe I’ll win…

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  25. Mrs. B says:

    I’m in with both feet! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  26. margie c says:

    I am so very happy to have found your blog today! It takes me a while to look around, lol! I adore your heart pillow! I love all the colors, details and texture! So fun!
    And what a wonderful book! I have yet to sew my first project, I’m sure that it would be very helpful and inspiring to me 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!
    hugs, margie

  27. Kathy G. says:

    Oh, right up my alley! I’ve been a sewer since 12 yrs. old, a crafter for over 20 years, and a quilter for 15 years and running. This book will give me so much inspiration – thanks for the opportunity to win it! LOVE the pillow!

  28. Crossing my fingers for her new book! Lovely!

  29. I would LOVE to have this book. Don’t we all need inspiration? I looks wonderful and I too have admired Bari’s work.

  30. Angie says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this fantastic book!!

  31. Leigh Ann says:

    The book sounds like so much fun!

  32. cori says:

    I love to sew, what a great title. Can not wait to read the book.Thank you for the giveaway

  33. Bridget says:

    I am super inspired to sew in 2011. Checked off my list this year, clean and organize my craft room. What an undertaking, but such a payoff!! Looking for some inspiration now that my space is ready for creative energy. Set me up…please!!

  34. Cecilia says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks very interesting. I like your pillow, very appropriate for this time of year.

  35. Lisa Holmes says:

    Would love to win a copy of the book!! Looks like it is right up my alley.

  36. Looks like a great and ‘happy’ book!!

  37. Marci Girl says:

    I sew want to win! Get it – sew…haha…lame I know. I seriously want to get this book and I guess if I don’t win it, I will have to buy it! Bari J is awesome!

  38. It looks like a wonderfully fun book! You did a great job on that pillow.. so cute.

  39. Linda says:

    i have been following Bari J for a while now and love her patterns. A book is a great idea. Hope i win!

  40. MarciaW says:

    Thank you for the story of just trying something new. That is what I’m doing today – stitchery. Would enjoy a copy of the book as sounds fun to use.

  41. Rosanne Derrett says:

    We can’t all be perfect at everything and for a first attempt at sewing you did a wonderful job. Beside, if you did ‘everything’ craftwise, you’d never have time to design wonderful things for us to sew with!

    Can’t wait to see the projects in Bari’s book

  42. That pillow is such an i love you to Bari if i ever saw one!! Cant wait to see the new book, i am sure it will be an inspiration to us all!!

  43. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Oh Jennifer
    That is The most gorgeous heart felt cushion I’ve ever seen!It’s so colourful and joyous! Every imperfection is perfect where it is. If there are lumps they’re lumps of love!! If Bari J’s book inspired this then i’ll have to it check out!

  44. Judy says:

    I love to see all the creativity that you all come up with. Thank you for the chance to win the book.

  45. Lori Kay says:

    I’d love to win the book. So much fun! Thanks for participating in the tour!

  46. Mary Anne says:

    Your pillow certainly looks like you can sew!! Thank you for the invitation to visit your blog and for a chance to win what looks to be a great book!

  47. all8garden says:

    Looks like she inspired you to try something new. Must be a great book. Thanks for hosting.

  48. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win. Thanks

  49. Colleen says:

    I would love this book to make some cute stuff with my daughter while she is home on spring break! thanks for the review and giveaway.

  50. Carol says:

    Love the website– I’ve been so excited to find bits and pieces of Inspired to Sew here and there!!
    Beautiful pillow!!

  51. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love Bari J. Full Bloom was one of my favorite collections! Would love to win her book, thanks for the chance.

  52. Donna says:

    this book will sure kick up my creativity level. Love what you did to make that pillow.

  53. Lisa says:

    I just discoverd Bari’s blog and love her work & whimsy style. I’d love a copy of this book to re-create these treasures. Thanks for hosting.

  54. Judy Blinkenberg says:

    I think your pillow is wonderful. I have never sewed or decorated a pillow. It would be great to have this book. Thank you for your blog.

  55. Roberta says:

    Wow…your pillow has inspired me to use my scraps from the Little Dresses for Africa project that I’m working on. This book sounds wonderful and I’d love to win a copy…thanks a bunch. Fondly, Roberta

  56. MoeWest says:

    I’m sure I would love Bari’s book as much as I love her blog. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  57. shannon H says:

    Love your pillow! This book looks wonderful and would be so awesome to win! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  58. suzie says:

    i’m sure Bari’s book are full of inspirations.i’d love to win this wonderful book.

  59. Nanci Byers says:

    I can’t wait to see Bari’s book in real life. Thanks for the giveaway.


  60. heleen says:

    What a lovely book. Be creative is my motto.
    Thanks for the picture of your pillow.

  61. WOW! Great pillow! Would love to win Bari’s new book!

    With friendship,

  62. ALICIA says:

    I think it is great that Bari stuck her all out there and found an amazing niche for her talent! Not everyone can sew or is even crafty, for that mattr. Way to go BARI!!!!!

  63. Charliegirl says:

    hi! I’m new to sewing, making my first quilt right now and would love to win a book that could help and inspire me along my already rewarding journey in sewing!

  64. Tabitha O. says:

    I have been waiting for this book to come out, can’t wait to add it to my library

  65. Heidi says:

    Looks fun, fun, fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. kathy says:

    Wishing I was at home today playing with the sewing machine and this new awesome book!!! Creativity is so much more fun then this real world office I come to everyday!

  67. Kasey P says:

    BariJ is one of my fabric heroes! I would love to win her book. I’ve been inspired since my mom first made me a dress, but books like these keep it fresh. Thanks for a chance!

  68. Beth says:

    I totally want this book. All these teaser photos of it is just egging me on. 🙂

  69. wendy says:

    Sweet!! That looks like a really fun, inspiring book!

  70. Tiffani says:

    Those fabric flowers are cool! Thanks for the chance to win.

  71. Gill says:

    This looks a great book!
    I love Bari’s style!

  72. patricia says:

    Love the giveaway, it looks so inspiring, would love to work on some of her projects.

  73. WandaFish says:

    Bari’s book sounds such fun – I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity.
    If the book can inspire me to create a cushion with just a fraction of the loveliness in yours I’ll be delighted 🙂

  74. Joan Blum says:

    Your pillow is very cute. I absolutely love your fabric — have a few pillows around my house from your various lines of fabric. The colors and patterns are terrific. I also love Bari’s fabric and can’t wait to read her book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

  75. staci says:

    What a wonderful pillow! I need to check that book out. 🙂

  76. Beverly Atkins says:

    I love your blog! It’s so full of smiles! That book looks very interesting. Thanks for a chance to win it.

  77. Your fabrics are so fun and energetic! I love that we can give ourselves permission to do new things and be creative “outside the box”. This book looks like just what I could use to help me push my limits! Thanks for the oppporunity!

  78. MollyP says:

    Bari J. is fabulous. I love the one of a kind bags she’s been making and selling on her site. She is so creative and I’m so happy to see her putting out a book. Woo Hoo!

  79. suesue says:

    Your pillow is wonderful! Bari’s book looks totally inspiring and fun-I’d be so lucky to win it but if not I think I’ll have to get this one for sure!!

  80. Jennifer Dancy says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that book!

  81. Bec Clarke says:

    Oh it looks just lovely and I will have everything crossed until next week!!!

  82. Julie T. says:

    I got a kick out of your blog post as I never considered myself a person who sewed. Mom taught us when we were young, but I couldn’t stand it. Now I quilt, but still don’t considered myself in the “I sew category”. Although I did just buy a fancy-schmancy sewing machine!

  83. Amy Menges says:

    I’ve been traveling around the blog tour reading the blog posts about inspiration. Very inspiring for myself! Thanks for helping to host this. You have a lovely blog too!

  84. Cate says:

    I’d never heard of Ms. Ackerman before this blog tour, but my goodness does she ever have a style! It’s exactly what I needed to get me out of the neutral-and-dark winter color scheme I seem to be stuck in.

  85. Elizabeth says:

    This book looks awesome. I love Bari J’s style of applique and have often thought your fabrics would work great fussy cut.

  86. Mary says:

    Oooh, we’re getting covered with snow and I am definitely inspired to sew with Bari J’s new book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  87. Jennifer says:

    Sounds fun to learn new things. Thanks

  88. Sarah Vee says:

    love your pillow! love Bari’s style. I feel like I’ve joined a Bari. J. love fest tour – and I don’t want to leave:) Thanks for the chance!

  89. Gina S. says:

    Love Bari J!!!

    Would love a chance to win her book and try her wonderful style!!


  90. Ellen Ambron says:

    Looks like a fun book. What a great job on the pillow.

  91. jill d says:

    Wow, fantastic pillow! if that was inspired by the book i want the book.

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  94. Phyllis says:

    I have already put this book on my wish list!

  95. Jacqui says:

    Yay for moving out of your comfort zone, any book that can inspire you like that has to be good!

  96. Susan says:

    That pillow is absolutely adorable! This book looks great!

  97. FryeStyle says:

    Jennifer, I love hearts! Sweet Pillow! Thanks for the book giveaway opportunity!

  98. Tas says:

    I had never heard of Bari until now. Looking around her blog….very inspiring.

  99. Betsy Pratt says:

    I am inspired to sew by all of the projects I see out there in blog land. There are so many great designers and sewers sharing their work. I love it!

  100. Paula says:

    So cute! And the book seems lovely AND inspiring!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  101. Leona says:

    I love Bari J! Her fabrics are just so georgeous! Congrats on her new book! I have been eagerly awaiting its release!

  102. Vickie says:

    I love the pillow! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

  103. Heather says:

    I *heart* your pillow! So super sweet–I’m inspired!

  104. jennifer – I LOVE this especially the word love on the edge of the heart 🙂 I would LOVE to win Bari’s book too!

  105. Judith Elliott says:

    I love your pillow and I am so glad I found your blog – it’s now book marked.

  106. katek says:

    would love to try out some sweet sewing projects!

  107. Jessica says:

    I love Bari’s use of color! Would live to get my hands on her book! Thanks for the chance!

  108. Sharon says:

    I love Bari J’s unique style

  109. Ashlee Hickman says:

    I LOVE your pillow! I am totally intrigued by this book! Thanks for the chance to possibly win :)!!

  110. Jan says:

    OMG! I love that pillow! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  111. Barb says:

    loved your heart and collage–the book sounds great

  112. sharon says:

    I love the pillow
    I may need to make one
    thanks for the giveaway

  113. Christine M says:

    I’ve been getting so inspired following this blog tour! Your cushion looks great.

  114. Beth T. says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the generous giveaway,

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  115. Your creativity inspires! Thanks for the blog hop…would love a chance to win the book…

    Please stop by my blog sometime for a visit 🙂

  116. tali says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  117. Ellen Ban says:

    This looks like an amazing book!

  118. Helz says:

    Permission to try… Oh Yes most definately my sorta book ! Really enjoying the Blog Hop so many ‘New’ to me Blogs… Much Fun 🙂

  119. I’d love to win this – Thanks for the chance 🙂

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