One of my online acquaintances, Serena at Young Appalachian Quilter posted tips for a new quilter asking "please post something that you wish someone had told you about quilting."
Here is what I said:
Perfection is less important than creativity.
If you like it and enjoyed making it, it is a sucess!
Don't try to free motion quilt a full size or larger quilt until you had tried it on smaller pieces. (24 by 36 inches is a nice "try it" size)
Make friends with other quilters, even if only by internet. However local friends are very valuable, they may share tools and even give you gadgets they decided they didn't need. I got a BIG cutting mat that way.
Share things. Didn't you learn that as a small child? The universe (God or whatever you believe in) will repay you in ways you never expected.
Now I had another idea so I am adding this:
Don't be afraid to make your own design - the only failure is NOT trying.
Now, please comment with your hints/tips for a new quilter.
(Thanks Serena, I hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" your idea!)