Until I looked into Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, I would have said there was no right or wrong way to construct a quilt. Now I know differently: this book teaches the *wrong* way. Which bothers me, since quilting should be as straightforward as possible. The Encyclopedia instructs the innocent, first-time quilter to put the top of the quilt on the batting, and then machine-quilt it with no back. Then attach a back, right sides together, sew it (with piping!), and turn it right side out. Then tie it with ribbon, as in a tied quilt.
It should not be this complicated.
On the other hand, the book is full of beautiful, if rerun, project ideas, mostly on a small, manageable scale. If it cost a little less, I would buy it and flip through it every few months to remind myself of the different things there are to do.