There are upcoming quake events that you will become aware of as you explore the community. Some of the biggest quilt shows in the nation are facilitated by Quilts Inc. You will want to mark you calendar for the annual events as well as some of the ones local to your area.
Eventually you will build a library of info online and on your book shelf. Some of my favorite go to references are listed below. I find spending to make sure I have a balance between basic knowledge and being aware of what hot ensures that I produce the best quality work possible and stay inspired.