Here's a simple set of basics to help you prepare to learn the basics of quilting. By taking a single beginner class, you can learn the absolute basics of quilting and be well on your way to an incredible pastime. Bluprint offers several online quilting classes that are perfect for beginners. Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple combines beginner's skills with quilts designed with pre-cut fabrics.
Simple Fresh Quilts offers simplified techniques for traditional quilt block designs. The first part of The Beginner's Guide to Quilting is an expanded image glossary that reviews basic techniques and terms. Once the basics, such as parts, basting, and binding, are covered, the book becomes a bit simple patterns. I love that quilt making for the first time starts from the beginning, assuming you don't know anything about quilting.
There are no complicated terms that aren't explained first, and the book offers very detailed explanations along with clear photos so you can see exactly what is supposed to be happening. The book is in full color and is basically a must for anyone learning to make quilts.