Is one of your goals for this year to learn how to do quilt top piecing? This might be your ticket: Piecing the Piece O' Cake Way by Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith is due out in April, published by C&T Publishing. The focus of this book is technique, proper technique that will lead to successful quilts.
Starting with choosing fabrics and the design elements of color, contrast, and pattern, the authors take you step by step through increasingly challenging designs, allowing you to master each basic skill in a fun project, and compiling your mastery skill upon skill. The chapters cover strips, squares, half-square triangles, curves, diamonds, and improvisational piecing. This is a really good beginner's book, with no techniques taken for granted, clear instructions, plenty of pictures, and exact dimensions and shopping lists provided.