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The best way to get started quilting is to buy a Charm Pack - a pack of 5" square precut fabric - and just start sewing them together. If you have basic sewing skills, you'll understand how to sew the seams and iron them flat. All of the quilting mechanics can be learned from this.
Then buy 1.5 yards of fabric and batting. Pin the layers together and then quilt the quilt by sewing right down each row of seams (stitch in the 'ditch'). Do that in both directions to make a "grid" of quilting. This method requires no special functions on your sewing machine and no new methods to learn other than basic sewing.
Side note - I'm SUPER excited that you want to start learning to quilt! I'm a quilting teacher and love to hear about new quilters joining our ranks!