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Fab Modern Sewing Books

Sarah Moon
The list author says: "Sewing books for the 20s & 30s crowd--no fussy, old lady stuff here! These are all books I own and recommend."
Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time
Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time
"A great book for the complete beginner--it walks you through a series of comprehensive lessons that will take you from newbie to confident stitcher."
Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags
Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags
"Love bags? Make your own stylish handbags with Amy Butler. There's everything from beginner-friendly to advanced structured bags in this one."
Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
"This one is a great introduction to sewing stylish clothing that you'll love. There are technically only three patterns in this one, but the variations are endless."
City Quilts: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired By Urban Views
City Quilts: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired By Urban Views
"A fantastic quilting project book inspired by the urban landscape. Probably my favorite quilting book ever."
Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
"Fun no muss, no fuss projects, many of which are quickies that busy stitchers will love. This is a pretty, casual book that is great for folks who love simplicity in their sewing projects."
The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker
"The definitive guide to modern quilting. A must-own for anyone interested in exploring quilting."
Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching
Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching
"An outstanding project book with a mix of clothing, home dec, kids stuff and gifts. Make sure to check for the errata on this one--there are a few errors that are fixed in some versions of this book, but not all."
Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
"The definitive book on modern improvisational quilting. Some of these projects are pretty complex, but many are simple and a great introduction to quilting. Beware: Chronicle chose to format the patterns so you have to photocopy them, which is frustrating. (The projects are worth it, however.)"
The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags
The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags
"The definitive guide to making your own handbags. An outstanding reference for bag-lovers!"