I learned how to quilt in a class offered by Hancock Fabrics. I was in my early 40's and had been sewing since I was 13 but knew nothing about quilting so my first suggestion is - take a class, it will make the process a whole lot easier and fun.
We used the book Start Quilting with Alex Anderson and I highly recommend it. It's basic and the projects are beginner-friendly. My first quilt was the Rail Fence, a perfect starter quilt. My second quilt was the Nine Patch Variation Quilt. That's when I discovered I'm not a little piece person, my quilts have BIG pieces. The 3rd quilt in the book is the Log Cabin.
My third quilt was the Attic Window. I found a book called Quilts for Baby, Easy as ABC, by Ursula Reikes. Another beginner-friendly book. I was able to follow the directions and make 2 Attic Window quilts that turned out so well they both sold in a silent auction for $90 each!
My other most used quilt book is Bits & Pieces Quilt by Anne Dease. I learned basic binding using this book, as well as about measuring, cutting, proper ironing of seams. This book has big, clear illustrations something I really appreciated being a visual learner.
Now, books are great, but nothing beats a class, so that's still my #1 recommendation.
is a good quilting site, you can sign up for a free newsletter. I believe they also have a 24 hr. quilting channel, which used to be free, but now they are charging a $24 yearly fee to subscribe to it. www.free-quilting.com
is a nifty little site that will hook you up with all sorts of free newsletters for not only quilting but just about any other area involving sewing as well (embroidery does not fall into their categories).
I hope this helps get you started.