I recently stumbled across the website http://craftgossip.com/. If you haven't been there yet, be sure to check it out. Lots of free tutorials! One of the feeds I found was for a red & white fabric swap at http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/. I was really lucky and made the sign-up cutoff for the swap, which involves buying a quilt shop-quality red and white print fabric, cutting it into the designated amount of 5" squares (which happens to be 125 for this swap), mailing it to the coordinator and then waiting to get your set of 125 different 5" squares back, from people all over the world. The coordinator also is including a selvedge drawing for those of us who submit the selvedge from our fabrics as well. Not really sure what I'd do if I won those, but I'm always up for learning a new skill.
Many years ago, many houses back, before kids, I used to be in a quilt guild. I was by far the youngest person in it, but it was still fun and I learned a lot from those ladies. Back then machine quilting was almost taboo--my, how times change! Anyway, in the quilt guild we used to do an annual fabric swap with a theme and then we had a year to make a quilt that included pieces of each fabric we received, and at Christmas we would do a potluck/quilt show and there were prizes. It was a lot of fun. I even placed one year, for the purple challenge. So when I saw the red and white swap, I was excited to maybe participate.
Here is a photo of my charm squares and selvedge ready to be mailed off to Karen. The selvedge reads: Delilah by Tanya Whelan Grand Revival for Free Spirit Westminster Fibers TW43 Dots. The dots are around 1/8". I feel a little unoriginal just sending dots, but I went to two local fabric stores and there were slim pickings in the red/white category.
I should be getting back the assorted squares in a month or so. I can't wait to see what the fabrics look like!