Have you discovered QuiltQua.com? Connie Colten founded the site to be a resource for quilters. It has the usual things we've come to expect - a directory to upcoming quilt shows, a directory of guilds, links to articles - but one resource that is new to me and I think performs a great service to the quilting community. It is Missing Fabrics.
It happens to even the best quilt planners. You are nearing completion of a project, perhaps have cut most of your pieces, and horrors! You don't have quite enough fabric! The success of your project depends of finding another quarter yard of a print you bought at your local quilt shop over two years ago. Naturally, the LQS is sold out, as is every other shop you've tried within a 50 mile radius of home, and all those you know of online. What to do?
You can hastily call all your quilting buddies but if that doesn't work try Missing Fabrics. Follow the directions to list your request, including as much information as possible (a photo helps). The webmaster lists your need on the Missing Fabric pages. Then if another site user has it, they email you via the site (your email address is not shown to be grabbed by the spammers) to arrange the sale. When I was on the site last night, one quilter was in need of fabric from the Portobello Market line by 3 Sisters for Moda and another wanted the Map of Paris fabric from the Paris Flea Market line. Missing Fabrics could be a good way to unload some stash you don't expect to use, while helping a fellow quilter out.