You've decided you want to make a quilt. All the stars are aligned, and it is finally the time to learn a new skill. You look at your bedroom, and think it needs an updated bedspread.
Ah ha....I can make a new quilt for my bed....comes streaming through your mind.
This may very well be the way you start, I know I did. But as I look back, I think I really could have benefitted from making a few small quilts first. Why? On a small quilt, you can learn a lot in a hurry. Learning about binding, marking, quilting, piecing, and patience all comes a little quicker. Also, it is cheaper to learn on less fabric, and then save the bigger projects for when you have a little experience under your belt.
You want to learn a certain block, setting, technique...whatever...start small. You can always make a bigger quilt tomorrow. Plus, little quilts are always so fun to give to a baby.
Don't you just love those babies?