I've ogled quilts and knitting needles for as long as I can remember. At a young age, I learned just a few basics of sewing but it was enough for me to "damn the torpedoes" and run full speed ahead on my own. This may not be the most efficient or even the most enjoyable way to learn but there is an awful lot to be said for learning from one's mistakes. I regret nothing. Except that I didn't try quilting sooner.