Chele is coordinator of the DQ Swap. She randomly picks your partner. Sign up is usually the third week of the previous month and sometime near the eom she lists everyone's partners. There are swappers from all over. Once in while there is an optional theme--this month is show us where you're from. My Iowa quilt is going to Oklahoma this month. And no HQ is not required. It's a great place to practice a new technique if you want. I've been doing it for some time and have enjoyed every quilt I've gotten.