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. Jen says:

    Congratulations on your 6-month anniversary! I’ve recently started quilting and my fabric love is really blossoming!

    As for suggestions:

    - How about a post or two discussing pattern scale and how that matters when you’re choosing fabric for a project? This is something I wonder about all the time!

    Thank you for all of your hard work!

  2. Jan says:

    I love the style of Verna Mosquera…….would love to see some of her pattern/fabrics highlighted

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I’d love to have some features about the process of pattern/fabric design itself–how a pattern gets started, how it becomes a piece of fabric, that kind of thing!

  4. Julie says:

    Love the vintage stuff — so more of that would be awesome. And perhaps more on fabric storage and organization.

  5. Jenna Z says:

    ooh, I loved the kitchen fabrics! So maybe a food-theme week. Animals week. I also love vintage so maybe feedsacks? Or fabrics by era. I would also like to see features on modern fabric designers and how they started out, I mean how do you actually get to design a fabric line? One last thing, I am always interested in fabric content and how it determines the look of a finished piece so a little something about how one chooses what content their fabric is or if the fabric company has a say in that.

  6. Courtney says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I’d love a post about textured fabrics (e.g., corduroy, upholstery weight) … special things to consider when using it, how to avoid bulky seams, etc.

  7. kara says:

    congratulations! I have loved your daily feeds on swatches…very inspiring. perhaps something like vintage embroidered fabrics or how people incorporate textures harmoniously or “your favorite sewing tip” or “fabric picking tip”.

  8. mj says:

    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’d love something about fabric weights and hand. I love love love how Katie Jump Rope feels and was surprised when I ordered some how different it was than other stuff. It would be great if online sellers had some way of describing that.

    Some sites talk about weight, especially in linen, but I don’t know how to interpret that either.

  9. Kathy says:

    Wow! I love a contest. Can’t seem to get enough fabric these days-I might have to shuffle the yarn bins around a bit. I really enjoy seeing the stash organization. Bring on some more! :)

  10. Amy says:

    Congratulation! That’s a lot of work! Even though I don’t think I’ve ever commented on the daily swatch posts, I really enjoying them and their themes. How about trying one of these:
    -furniture?? (pictures of furniture, etc.)

  11. Nanette says:

    Those are some fabby good prizes! I’m so there.

    First off Kim thank you for dreaming True up and for posting all the things we fabrihaulics love to see. I’m sure I’ve made several words up here and spelled them wrong too. Anyway Love True Up! Yay.

    What would I like to see you do? I would love to see more of what fabrics are being made out of the USA. Japan, of course, but what is happening in the rest of the world with fabric making? And of course I always want to know more places to get Japanese fabric and vintage fabric. Always want that. I like hearing about women making their own fabric too. And I like hearing and seeing what people make and do with their spoonflower fabric. I guess I’m into indy fabric makers. Or want to be! I’d also like a deep throat kind of approach to quilt market too. An expose on the ups and downs of Quilt market. Ok by now you’ve pegged me as a kook, if you didn’t already. So be it.

    Thanks for all you do Kim.

  12. laura reyes says:

    congratulations on your success!
    i would love more information on fabric all-year calendars. they were often towels.
    the history behind them, etc.
    thank you!

  13. lindamade says:

    happy 6 months (i seriously can’t believe it’s been that long!). i’d like to see some inside shots of a textile mill/fabric production line.. another kind of fun thing would to do spotlights of things made from fabric collections (i know there are flickr groups for these sort of things, but in a best of the best showcase way). i love to see people actually using fabric. :)

  14. WOWZA! Six months already!? And, yet, it seems like dear ole True Up has been around forever. :)


    I’m guessing you’ve already seen her stuff (heck, maybe I found her through you …) but I’m loving Cicada Daydream’s new stuff

    I also like hearing about folks making/designing their own fabrics.


  15. Sarah says:

    Haven’t you covered everything already?! It seems so, your blog is so wonderful. I love the vintage features…feedsacks, barkcloth…but really anything sounds good to me.

  16. Rosemary says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog so very, very much- look forward to every post. Can I suggest a post on the fabrics of Gunta Stölzl, the Bauhaus textile designer? I’d also love to see any of these themes for swatch week: Ikat, US Civil War-era fabrics, or African “kanga”.

  17. What generous sponsors you have!

    I’m always looking for fabrics for boys (there is so much out there for girls!!), and I’m loving hand screen printed fabrics, so maybe they could be featured on your site at some stage.

  18. Jessica says:

    I love love love your blog!!

    Its difficult to come up with something NEW… but maybe you could start a weekly feature of amateur designers fabrics from Spoonflower?

  19. Jen B. says:

    I didn’t realize that the site was so young still! Great job. I have a little boy, so anything that would be appropriate for him (cloth, patterns, projects) would be great!

  20. Aileen says:

    Happy Anniversary. This is a wonderful blog and I have no doubt will be celebrating many more anniversaries to come. I am hesistant to suggest any content, because I am constantly wowed by your coverage, but perhaps a Daily Swatch theme of ‘space age’ or ‘the circus’ would be fun. I am always on the lookout for vintage-style robots, spaceships, aliens etc, and also for circus stuff, but I rarely see stuff I like.

  21. Lewellyn says:

    6 months already! I can’t believe I’ve lurked so long! I’ve been wondering about next-step fabrics for sewing clothes. I recently started making some skirts (from Sew What Skirts) using quilting fabrics (particularly batiks). Now that it’s fall, I’d like to make a skirt appropriate for the weather, but I’m not sure where to go next. Thanks!

  22. Meghan says:

    I love how you have the different styles or themes of fabric every week, so in addition to that I think it would be great to show things that were made with those styles/themes along with the fabric.

  23. Congratulations! Wow those six months just sped by in a flash, didn’t they? I’ve loved reading all the interesting textile posts. How about talking about:

    -the differences between rotary printing and flat screen printing fabrics?

    -the various types of print repeat? brick? seamless? etc

    -get behind the scenes interviews with the major print houses? (show pictures of their printing facilities if possible)

    Great blog! Oh how cute, I just noticed the itty bitty smiley face on the bottom left. LOL

  24. Sarah says:

    Congrats on 6 months! I love coming here to see the wonderful patterns I might not look for on my own. Many happy returns!

    My suggestion: How about a running commentary on new and up&coming fabric designers/designs – perhaps focusing on those starting out in design programs, or those who are printing fabric on their own? I think supporting and highlighting independent designers and those who are just starting out would provide some good exposure for them, and help open the eyes of your readers to patterns and design we might not hear about otherwise. Plus – what a great way to encourage a new generation of fabric love!

  25. Avice says:

    I love learning about fabrics from your site and am always inspired. It would be great to learn more about the history of the Liberty designs and who is producing them these days (because I think that Liberty itself sold the rights).

  26. Dewdrop says:

    I second all of the ideas left in the comments already. I would love to see all of those things. Most of the suggestions I had fell into some of the larger categories suggested already (fabric weights and hand questions, pattern scale questions, etc.). I’ve been wanting to go to some estate sales and flea markets lately and would like to know how I can tell if what I’m looking at is any good or not. I don’t know, maybe that just comes with practice.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful blog. I’ve really enjoyed the first 6 months.

  27. Tina says:

    congratulations. I’d love to see more interviews with designers and how they started their business. More about the process of starting your own fabric line.

  28. Handmaiden says:

    I am really enjoying yr blog, have found it recently as also a new blogger….would love to see more focus on japanese fabrics, and Ink and Spindle (independent textile designer and screen printers)in aussie

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats on the first 6 months of True Up!

    I would love to see more behind the scene things about how textiles are made. I’m a big fan of the discovery channel show “how its made”!

    As far as a contest idea goes… maybe a largest stash competition? Messiest stash? (i cant suggest cleanest or most organized because i wouldn’t be able to enter!)

  30. Sheridan says:

    Congratulations! I have been reading from the beginning, and I can’t believe how quickly that has gone.

    I would love to see a feature on Liberty fabrics and Marimekko fabrics. And I love retro kids fabrics, so I would love to see what other people have in the same style.

  31. Katie says:

    Happy 6 months. I’ve enjoyed reading so far!

    I would also like to learn about the pattern design and printing process. That would be very informative and helpful.

  32. Carrie says:

    Congratulations! I really enjoy reading TrueUp and seeing fabrics I might not find otherwise. I am fascinated by seasonal colorways – i.e. what are the hot colors for fabrics and/or fashion each coming season. I’d love to know more about how fabric houses pick their colorways.

  33. Lisa says:

    Have been really enjoying your insight into fabrics and love all the themes you have explored. Your links to fabric sales is also appreciated. I would be interested in seeing more about the history of textiles; toile prints; seasonal prints; interviews with fabric designers; new fabric lines etc. Your hard work and informative posts are most appreciated!

  34. lazysaturday says:

    Congratulations, I really enjoy your blog, especially the themed swatches!
    I’d love to see a post on yarn dyed fabric, or swatches of insect themed fabrics.

  35. Katie says:

    Congrats on six months!

    I’d love to see some posts on local/independent fabric makers? Maybe interviews with local brick and mortar shop owners?

  36. Stefanie says:

    Congrats on the 6 months! For such a short time your blog is amazing!!!

    As for a feature/question. I would love to see quilts and such featured in solid cottons and to learn more about them. I have bought solids before but once I sew with them the always seem light and airy compared to those I see online. Is Kona Cotton the cream of the crop? Is there something even better out there? What makes Kona so great compared to other solid cottons?

  37. RachelMM says:

    Wow! That is awesome. I love your blog and the beautiful fabrics you showcase are so very inspiring.

    I would love to see some posts on different fabric weights, contents of the fabrics, and what they are best used for. So often you find an amazing fabric and want to do something with it, but it wasn’t necessarily the best choice for your project. They would be some very interesting posts! Thank you!

  38. sandy says:

    WOW how nice. I do read you everyday.

    Future how about
    photos of quilt studios
    art quilting
    most unusual tool used in quilting


  39. kylie says:

    Congrats on 6 months, it seems to have gone so quick. I love what you have beeen doing so far. Love the sales links too. What could you do thats new, maybe showcase some more independant designers and printers. And a feature on boy fabrics. Interviews with all types of designers really.

  40. tulip says:

    Congratulations on 6 months!! So many good suggestions already! I am a big fan of the Japanese and retro fabrics. I’d also like to see a post on linen and it’s different weights and suppliers etc… I’m also with Stefanie on the Kona cotton issue. I’ve used it and I didn’t like it. It was really stiff to me versus other cottons that I had used. So that would be a good one!
    Thanks for this great site! I’m learning so much about fabric!

  41. hillary says:

    clever girl… making us do your job for you ;) how about a post on your silk screening progress?

  42. Kathleen says:

    Wow happy 6 months! I’d love to see you do something on sports themed fabrics. I’m in the process of making some very boyish hockey quilts and would love to see maybe some vintage sports stuff!

  43. Beth says:

    Congratulations!! I love the sale alerts on this blog and getting to see all the great fabric. I am trying to sew more clothing and would love to see more coverage of apparel fabric and tried-and-true sources for finding good knits, etc.

  44. Amber says:

    Congrats – man, everyone has such great ideas – I agree about the Japanese fabric and also the comment about scale and how to choose depending on your project. I love your blog – the sale updates are fantastic!

  45. Tricia says:

    Happy anniversary! I love the daily swatch. I’d love to see a literary theme–letters, books, all that stuff.

  46. Happy half-anniversary!

    For future TrueUp content I’d love to see a textile glossary, with types of fabric, weaving terms, finish terms, processes, etc.

  47. jessica says:

    so many outstanding suggestions. wow.
    my first thought was to feature up and coming designers, japanese fabric and natural fibers. or better yet, an up and coming japanese designer who only uses hemp fabric. just kiddin.
    congratulations! i love love love what you have done so far and look forward to celebrating many more milestones with you.

  48. julia says:

    WOW!! Those really are great prizes!! So, my entry is daily swatch themes: locations(i.e. Africa, Paris), zoo, pirates, trees&leaves, bunnies…
    Thank you so for sharing your fabric love with us! I love it!!

  49. lauren says:

    What amazing sponsors and support! It’s quite a task to think of something you aren’t covering already, this is such a fabulous reference for all of us fabric lovers! I suppose maybe it would be interesting to (and maybe this would be difficult, or just highly subjective) showcase some truly ugly fabrics for fun?

  50. Clara says:

    I just recently started watching your blog and I enjoy seeing the variety of fabrics pictured. I would love to see art nouveau style patterns.