251: Garden Tour with Bari J and Country Lane….
Welcome to today’s post!! Thanks for dropping by the Blue Nickel!
Today it is all about my friend Bari J Ackerman and her third line of fabric Country Lane. I was lucky enough to be able to join along in Bari’s Garden Blog Tour with Country Lane. I have my first down-loadable pattern that is right here at the Blue Nickel for you featuring Country Lane(i.e. not on some other site, you have to come here directly to get it, Yeah!) , a quick interview that I snagged from Bari for as she is rushing around to get ready for her first booth at Fall Quilt Market, AND a prize of fabric from her second line, Art Journal, as well as one of Bari’s Premiere sewing patterns.
SO on to the interview….
BNS: So welcome to Blue Nickel Studios, Bari!
Bari: Thanks, Scott, happy to be here!
BNS: I know you are super busy, getting ready for Quilt Market and your first booth set up there, so let’s go straight to the questions.
First off, when you were in your teens, who stole your heart via the pop culture at the time? Is your husband anything like your former heart-throb?
Bari: You are going to be surprised… Billy Idol. And Super Husband is about the furthest thing from Billy Idol you could get.
BNS: When you are creating and designing, do you have a set of favorite tunes or CD’s you rock the house down with?or is it all Peace and Tranquility at BariJ HQ?
Bari: I sometimes start the day with Black Eyed Peas, Boom Boom Pow.
BNS: You just wrote a book Inspired to Sew due out in January 2011. What surprised you the most in the process of writing this bookshelf-must-have?
Bari: It always takes way more time and energy than you think when you first set out to do something. This was no exception. It was grueling.
BNS: Your favorite midnight snack while working late into the night?
Bari: Popcorn…although I tend to just work and work without eating until I realize I totally forgot to have a meal.
BNS: You dig vintage doodaderies, right? What has been your most fabulous find? Can you share some pictures of some of your favorites?
Bari: I collect milk glass and vintage tins. I have limited myself at this point to only pink milk glass though because it’s harder to find. I also love vintage jewelry.
these next two pictures are courtesy of Bari J Designs.
BNS: Thanks for sharing those great photos Bari! Next question, what do you see in the future for the Bari J empire and your fans?
Bari: I am working on surface designs for paper, home goods, and more.
BNS: What do you want most for your daughters to take from your home when they grow up, besides their laundry?
Bari: That you can do anything you set your mind to.
BNS: Good words for us all to live by! Last question, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Little Shop or Horrors, or Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Bari: West Side Story, definitely.
BNS: Well, I know your time is short these days getting ready for Quilt Market, so we’ll wrap this up. Thank you so much for stopping by the Blue Nickel on your Country Lane Garden Tour. We all definitely look forward to seeing what is up your sleeve in the future!
Bari: Thanks for having me, Scott, it’s always a pleasure chatting with you.
And here is the table runner that I designed just for you, my friends, using Bari’s Country Lane. I have not had time to actually get mine quilted and bound, but you can imagine it with the yellow print as the binding, can’t you? I know you can. (and if you can’t when I get it done…I will be back here to show it to you.)
And when you make your table runner don’t forget to post a picture on the Blue Nickel Studios group page if you make it out of any fabrics at all and on Bari’s Country Lane group page if you make it out of Country Lane.
And then last but not least the prize pack….here is the prize….one of Bari’s first printed patterns from this summer, and a fat quarter pack of Art Journal, Bari’s second line for Windham.
And here is what you need to do to get it…..
This time around we are going strictly by the numbers, a random drawing….and to get your name in the drawing, here’s what you need to do.
Leave a comment on this post for one chance to win
Sign up to receive Blue Nickel Studios blog updates in your email or RSS feed and come back here to tell me that you did, or if you already are subscribing let me know that in a separate post for a second chance to win.
Sign up to recieve BariJ’s blog updates in your email or RSS feed and come back here to tell me that you did, or if you already are subscribing let me know that in a separate post for a third chance to win.
Tweet or mention and link to this blog post sharing news about this giveaway and come back to tell me you did for a fourth chance to win.
There you go, it’s that simple. Enter in one or all four of the above ways. If we get over 200 comments, then I will throw in some large chunks of Country Lane fabric to a second winner. Oh, and I forgot to give an end date to this post originally…..Let’s say you have til October 12th to leave comments, we’ll do the drawing then, okay?