I bought a sewing machine last week. Yay!

I have every intention of learning how to use it. I want to make things for the dogs and cats, and learn how to make a quilt. Trouble is, I don't even know how to use a pattern.

Is there a site, or someone who could help me learn how to make things? I know some (ok, a lot) of you are very crafty and I'm hoping you might be able to lead me in the right direction.

Thank you.