I have an almost obscene number of sewing and quilting books. I buy them because a project inside catches my eye, or one of the patterns (especially quilts) looks like something I've been wanting to try. Bari's book is no different. The cover literally makes you want to reach out and touch it.
Oftentimes, once I buy the book, I read through the directions for the project I'm interested in, and get either discouraged, or honestly, confused. This is not the case with Bari's book. Her instructions are extremely well written, the steps are logical, and best of all, the small inset pictures she includes are VERY helpful when used with the written directions.
Take the Patchwork Rose Zipper Bag for example...I had wanted to try to make a box shaped bag with zipper top, and while I was intimidated by the potential complexity of the project, I dove in. This was the first challenging bag I ever made, and by following Bari's directions, I made it through the project, increased my confidence to tackle harder projects, and ended up with a fantastic bag that I am really proud of having made myself. I also learned some fun techniques, like how to make the velvet ribbon roses on the front of the bag.
Also, Bari includes lots of "keeping it real" tips, which I LOVE. Many of them are common mistakes or challenges she's come across that she has also found solutions to. Very useful.
There is an outstanding variety of projects in terms of skill level, and purpose, everything from a pincusion to full quilt patterns. I'll be making more projects from this book for sure.