I highly recommend the Book Still Stripping after 25 years by Eleanor Burns (Hard cover for around 18.00 on Amazon) for those just beginning to quit. I am new to quilting and a friend recommended this book to me. It's wonderful! It begins by describing all the tools essential to quilting then explains how to begin quilting. The books begins with simple patterns and then progresses to more difficult patterns. The illustrations are incredible and the instructions are simple. Highly, highly recommend this book!!! It's Perfect for a beginner quilter!