This is the first quilt I made. I had no formal instructions, just a book and television. I highly recommend a class first. LOL! This was started May 2006 and completed in August 2006. I sent the top to my cousin Marie in Northern California. She made the backing and quilted the top using her longarm machine. When she sent it back I was lucky enough to have enrolled in a beginners quilting class. My teacher extraordinaire showed me how to make and place my binding.