I have always loved quilting and still attend several retreats throughout the year. I have change my media to paper but have managed to bring fabric back to life.
Staples and Office Max have color copy sales and I take great advantage of them. My "fat quarter" collection of fabrics are a great way to turn fabric into paper. I take my farics down and make two-sided color copies. Then I cut the paper into strips and make quilled quilt blocks.
I use the patterns from Melinda Johnston's "Quilt Block" kit. Enlarge the patterns by 200%. You can get the kit from any of the favorite shopping links.