One of the best things you can learn is how to make a good knot. Needle in your dominant hand, end of the thread in your other. You're going to place the thread on top of the needle and hold it with your dominant hand. You're going to wrap the thread three times, slide it to the edge of the needle, and keeping your fingers in between the two threads you're going to slide the knot all the way to the end. And you have a really nice little knot. You need a small knot because it has to go through the fabric. Then you get your thimble, you're definitely going to need a thimble to do this, otherwise your fingers will end up very raw and sore.
Here we've drawn a stencil on our fabric, this is our fabric sandwich, this is our quilt top basically, top, bating inside, backing. Start about half an inch away from where you want your needle to come up, push it through with your thimble, pull it, and here's where the small knot is important, you give it a little yank and it goes very nicely through the fabric. So your knots are buried, you're not going to see your knots on the back of the quilt, that's important.
Then you just take what's called a running stitch along the lines you've already drawn, and if you can see right there I've taken two stitches, and small is nice but it's not that important. What's more important is to try to get the stitches the same length so that you have a nice even look, because the quilting actually forms a decorative element in your quilt, and quilting really enhances your quilt top. So you would just go along your line until you finished, and I usually do this sitting down comfortably in a chair or on a couch. If you want to, what we call, travel you're going to stick your needle in between the fabric, not all the way through just the top layer, and come up at the next spot, and start quilting from there. That's a really easy way to continue, stopping and starting is what takes a lot of time so if you can come up with a design that's as continuous as can be you really do save a lot of time.
And to finish up, just like you did to start you go about half an inch away, wrap it, put your needle on your thread, slide it, once again pull slowly you don't want to get knots, and you'll see the knot just disappears into the quilt sandwich, and you cut your thread and you're done.