Welcome to quilting!
Start by looking around these forums, there are other threads about how to get started with loads of great advice. Take your time and read through them.
And in addition to searching online, head to your local library and check out what books they have on quilting. I often think that books will have clearer instructions and illustrations on the basics of how-to.
And I always think a small quilt made up of medium sized squares can look wonderful (6.5 inch cut squares) depending on color and arrangement. Also I like the Nine Patch as a good introduction into strip piecing.