The "for dummies" book is useful, but once you've picked up what they're talking about, I'd recommend the Quilt-in-a-Day books, or one of Alex Anderson's books (Start Quilting with Alex Anderson, maybe?). I've got more books on quilting than I know what to do with some days, but if you're thinking about a quilt, and have either hand-sewing or machine-sewing skills, it's really fun and relatively easy.
I started with *no* skills, btw. And a $79 sewing machine. (because I knew that I'm just flakey like that)
Once you can sew in a straight line, well, that's 90% of the battle.