Maribeth..there is a schedule close to the beginning of this thread that kind of "works" you through the quilt starting with a few easier blocks. There are several ladies that are just starting their quilts now and using the schedules and the weekly posts for the blocks listed in the Topic. A group of us are close to being finished fairly soon, but there are more people starting quilts now...you should join them..its more fun to have the help and support of others doing it too. It is an intense learning quilt (or was for me), but what a great sense of accomplishment when you finish! Your plans sound lovely!