The Quilters Bible is among my faves because there are clear diagrams and how-to-construct photos in this hefty baby that are indispensable to a visual learner like moi. I went all over town looking for this book as it was on backorder at the time I needed it, I drove the local book shop craaaaaazy with all my inquiries. . . But once I got my paws on it, I knew it was true love. Written by a critical care nurse too- you see, I know how to pick 'em.
One Yard Wonders and it's sequels are absolute essentials in your sewing library arsenal. I have learned so many things from these books that I forget where it starts and ends. For one thing, the inexorably difficult task of a lined zippered pocket within a wallet had me cussing like a sailor----until I found this book. Thank you One Yard Wonders, you've saved me from filling my cussing jar with all my allowance money. (I need that money for fabric!)
The Practical Guide to Patchwork is great for working out basic modern blocks with minimal fuss. I like Elizabeth's no nonsense approach, and her knowledge is presented in an easy-to-understand format that I can dig. I am constantly referring to this book.
Let me introduce Jenny of Sublime Stitching to you. Jenny doesn't know me, but she should. I'm always prattling on about her latest designs and patterns for funky, fresh embroidery. She taught me EVERYTHANG--literally every thAng I know about hand stitchery. Her books (I have them all) are fun and cover all the basics and then some.
The patterns included make it all work on the first go, and believe me I had my doubts. I pictured myself in a seventeenth century gown, rocking in a chair by a grand fireplace, cauldron simmering gently with stew, while I needled back and forth on my little design. Well friends, let me tell you how it really goes down: I stitched zombies, intestines, hearts with daggers, and lots and lots of skulls while watching Jimmy Kimmel, clad in my rattiest PJ's, while sipping on some bubbly. That is how we stitch now-a-days. And I like it.
Let me not digress.
Get Jenny's patterns and books. You will love them all.