True Up’s Half Anniversary Gratitude and Giveaway

Today, True Up turns six months old. That’s something like three and a half years in internet time, isn’t it? OK, six months is not really a significant milestone, but it is nice excuse to thank everyone involved in making this site a success, and to show my thanks by having a big huge giveaway.

My lovely sponsors have chipped in five prizes …


1. $100 gift certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics


2. $60 gift certificate from Retro Age Vintage Fabrics


3. 50€ gift certificate from Volksfaden*


4. Half-yard set of 14 fabrics from Heather Bailey‘s Pop Garden collection, from Bee Square Fabrics


5. $50 gift certificate from Phat Fabric


To enter to win one of these fabulous items, please leave a comment on this post with at least one suggestion for future True Up content. You could point me to a fabric collection, designer, company, or design era that I haven’t yet covered or a fabric type that I’ve neglected, suggest a theme for The Daily Swatch, ask a question about fabric, or anything else you can think of!

Thank you so much to my sponsors for providing these prizes. And thanks to all the readers and commenters — you have all helped make this venture even more fun than I originally thought it would be. Last but not even close to least, I am very gracious for my husband, Bryan, who believes in me and this site and tolerates using all my spare time and energy (and some of my not-spare time and energy, too) working on it.

I will close the drawing one week from today, Wednesday, Oct. 22, at noon central U.S. time and announce the winners shortly thereafter. Good luck!

*Volksfaden is located in Germany, and both the owner Linda and I felt it would be wasteful to ship her mostly American-imported fabric back to the U.S. or elsewhere in the world. So, this prize will be available to people with European addresses only. I have set up a separate post here for this special drawing. Europeans can enter the main drawing here for the other prizes as well. My apologies for the disparity, my non-European readers, but we thought this was the best solution!


  1. Judy says:

    Hi there, I’m new here. Came over by Pink Chalks suggestion. I’d like to know what makes a fabric shop successful. Thanks!

  2. patty says:

    Congrats 6 months that is great. There are times that I foolishly don’t purchase enough fabric. Having a list of avenues to research how to find more would be great. I have a fabric currently that I am looking for and on the selvage all I have is 1 by Diana L….. and I would love to find it or the manufacture.

    Great blog, keep it up.

  3. Janice says:

    Congrats on “3 and a half years” ;) I would love to know more about color/pattern combinations…how to successfully achieve them. Seems everyone else does it and it looks like they were meant to be. I do it and it looks…wellll, like they should probably end their relationship.

  4. becky says:

    Hi! Congrats on the anniversary!

    I’ve been loving tuning in to your site, right up my alley… I’d like to 2nd the interest in fabric calender/towels, i love those. I also delight in anything focused on simple storage ideas (for the rest of my art stash, as well as the fabric!!)

    thanks so much for your labor of love here.

  5. Hmmm well I love owls so maybe an owl themed week? Thanks for the giveaway and congrats! (I’m in America by the way)


  6. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations! I would love to see more on the process a designer goes through to create their fabric line.

  7. I’d like to read more about the fabric design process. How do designers draw,paint, colour, present their submissions etc…Helen

  8. Sally says:

    I would love to see some “boy designs” featured. There are so many great fabrics, patterns, designs for girls, and since I have two boys, I’d love to see some boy stuff highlighted.


  9. Tiffany says:

    What have you learned about yourself & your art in the past six months because of this blog? :)

  10. Lori Alberti says:

    It is great to find a blog that covers a variety of subjects and entertains the idea that your readers have valuable input. I have a couple patterns I have designed and hope to someday find a venue which includes distribution to schools and home economic classes. Do you have suggestions on fabric lines that the younger generation are purchasing?

  11. Zarina says:

    Just found out and still can squeeze in before closing time (its nearly noon Oct 22 here in Malaysia.

    I agree with one comment – if you could provide the whole process from the designing of the fabric to the printing. Who knows, you may have another fabric designer here.

  12. This is my first visit to your blog, but I can tell you it will not be my last. I learned so much in just a few minutes and I studied textiles when I was in college many years ago.

    I would like to see information about using vintage fabrics from different era’s together in one project. Maybe to also include modern fabrics with vintage to allow decorating to be more flexible.

  13. How about a contest where people create their own fabrics to go with a specific fabric line and use them together in a quilt?

  14. Joyce Levengood says:

    How about an article on mixing and matching fabric scale

  15. Cindy Ericsson says:

    I love everything I’ve read here — keep it coming! I would love to see more on Marimekko-type prints.

  16. kimberly says:

    Congratulations! I had two ideas – but they’ve both already been mentioned :) . I’d like to see more about matching thread colors/types with different fabric choices, the difference a pattern repeat/size makes on the finish product, and some “tried and true” methods of doing some tricky items. Thanks again!

  17. Your site is GREAT! I would love to see more designer interviews! But I love all the fabric you show me – stuff I would never find on my own!

  18. I second the designer interviews please! Also, I would love to know more about the process of fabric design/making. I chatted a bit witht he ladies at the quilt shop and hear words like “grey goose”? How do they print fabric, why are some designer fabrics softer, smoother or tighter than others? I’d love to know how the process works.

    thanks to you and your awesome sponsors!!

  19. Mary says:

    I would love to know more about vintage fabrics–how to figure out the age of things picked up at thrift stores, garage sales, etc.

  20. Mary Beth says:

    Care for vintage fabrics

  21. cristina718 says:

    May I suggest Ikat for the fabric of the week (unless you’ve done that already). I’m certainly in the market to find some cheaper alternatives to Madeleine Weinrib’s gorgeous fabrics.
    A True fan

  22. Dot says:

    Kim—you are part of my early morning routine. I have been a fiber addict for years and currently work part-time in a quilt shop (retired a year ago from social work). I daily share your site with co-workers and customers alike as you are such a wonderful wealth of information. You first came to my attention when I was looking for information on bark cloth to add to a hangtag on some totes and purses I make for a local antique shop.(I like to give the buyer some inf. on the fabric in the piece they are purchasing).
    An area of interest of late is flannel which has become so different than it was as recently as 10 years ago—now seeing paisleys, bright graphic designs, etc. not just plaids and subdued colors. I think many would enjoy this as topic.
    Please, keep doing what you do—it is truly a joy.
    Dot H. (North Carolina)

  23. Bronwyn says:

    Congrats on such an achievement! Can I suggest an article on types of thread to use; both for machine and hand-quilting – there is always such choice in shops but not a lot of know-how. Thanks for being so generous to your readers and good luck to everyone from me!

  24. LollyChops says:

    How about tutorials or a listing of resources on how to make seamless patterns in programs like PhotoShop (so we can have our own fabric printed at someplace like spoonflower)?

  25. Heather Shinabarger says:

    Congratulations! This is my very first visit to your site so I am unsure f which topics/fabrics you’ve already covered. I love seeing vintage fabric and the 1930s reproduction quilting fabrics.