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. Wow! Kim,
    What fantastic giveaway prizes! Your sponsors are awesome. Congratulations on a very successful 6 months!

    Daily swatch themes could be:
    * Cowboy/Western
    * Toile
    * Border Prints
    * Specific color themes
    * Geometrics
    * Stripes
    * Paisleys

    I love all of your informational posts and Sales Alerts. Keep up the great work!
    Kimberly :)

  2. Marilyn says:

    I would love to see more vintage children fabrics.

  3. Only 6 months? Look how far you’ve come. Your sponsor’s generous prizes are indicative of how much they support your efforts.

    I’d like to see some interviews- shop owners, designers, printers, book writers, historians, anyone who might have a particular perspective on their fabric-based interest.

  4. Cass Ward says:

    Well I really need to win this prize now the Aussie dollar is doing so badly against the US one. How about some articles on Aussie designers and or Aussie stores that we can buy our fabric at now.

  5. Nada says:

    I’ve always been curious about dupioni silk…

    I’ve have tons of modern quilting cottons i love, and am slowly learning to make simple clothes with them, but I also have a stack of vintage or repro dress patterns, and don’t have a clue where to begin when understanding the called for fabrics… I mean, I’ve never seen “quilting cotton” called for on a cloths pattern, but am pretty sure that’s b/c i don’t know what else it would be called…

    I have 5+yds of a Katie Jump Rope print that I’d love to turn into a dress, but am terrified I’ll use it inappropriately and “waste” it

  6. kathie says:

    i’d love to hear more about the impact of the fabric industry on the enviornment, and all the ways that small textile companies are attempting to change the paradigm of the industry.
    one company i know of is here in austin, Mod Green Pod.

  7. Betsy says:

    I’d like to see something on threads – how they’re made, how to match them to fabrics, stashes, etc.

  8. Katie R says:

    What wonderful prizes! Congratulations on 6 months and thanks for using the excuse to be generous. There are tons of comments with wonderful ideas.
    What about a fairytale theme or more pattern themes? (you did plaid, what about retro stripes or dots, or houndstooth etc. ? I don’t know there are already so many great suggestions and you already do wonderful! Thank you for all the inspiration and creativity you share!

  9. I have two ideas. One, sewing machine review (the best sewing machine for your buck). Two, I am a nerd – I admit it. I would love to see science fiction themed fabric or other related items.

    Congrats on 6 months. I look forward to seeing more!

  10. Amanda says:

    Congratulations on 6 months!

    I have some swatch themes for you:
    rockets/space, christmas, valentine’s day, carnivals, sweets, landscapes, paisley, airscapes, toys, bicycles, pattern panels. whew.

    I love your site!!

  11. gina says:

    Happy half-birthday, True Up! I second the suggestion for a food theme week. More vintage, more bizarre stuff would also be great. Yay Kim!

  12. stacysews says:

    Happy 6 months to you! I would love to have a theme of handmade fabrics – like the kind you see on Etsy or anything unusual!

  13. tpanderson says:

    Amazing how a FAB give away brings out the lurkers! Love this site and found it bc of a link to know your weaves. Now, of course it is a weekly fav. I would like more of the info like that…print and dye techniques, history of fabric types (nylon, rayon, denim, etc.) bios of up-and-coming artists and designers and bios of artists and designers who impacted the world of fashion and textile design (Pucci, Chanel, K. Fassett) Whatever you choose will be fun and info-packed I am sure. Thanks for the give away and esp for the great site!

  14. Christy says:

    WOW! has it really been six months, already….my how time has flown. I have been reading this blog since it’s inception and love how it has grown into something so informative, and interesting. I think that you do an excellent job of covering a lot of different aspects of fabric, and announcing new stuff! I would love to see more information about “specific use” fabrics ie: upholstery, clothing, drapery etc…I am getting more into clothing making, and would love to read up on knits, rayons, woolens

    Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

  15. Melanie O. says:

    Love your blog – thank you for all the time you put into it! I would like to see something about knits – the different types, weights, stretch, etc.

  16. Sara says:

    Wow, I can’t believe that your blog is only 6 months old. I think I’ve been reading it for about 2 months. True Up is just fantastic!

    I’d like to see more posts about independent fabric designers who screenprint their own fabrics. Maybe interviews with some. I enjoy reading about the process the artists go through to get to the end product.

  17. jenni says:

    i love true up! it’s lots of fun to see all the different fabrics and of course the heads up on sales is fabulous. i would really like to see some more informational type posts, such as help with something that has often flumoxed me when trying to purchase fabric online, understanding fabric weight since you can’t pick it up and feel it on the internet. thanks for the great site!

  18. sarah Lemmon says:

    I love your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration. I would love to see more information on fun projects to do with scraps of fabric — we all have them lying around and perhaps we could use some of these scraps for cool holiday gifts… any ideas?

  19. Jenny says:

    As someone who is just getting (back) into sewing, I think it would be interesting to read more about different types or weaves of fabric – how they’re made, and how they can affect a finished garment/object… Even something like the difference between a “plain” cotton quilting fabric and a “sateen” quilting or home dec fabric.

  20. Rachelle Ferris says:

    I haven’t read through everything to see what has been suggested, but maybe – if the information is available from different manufacturers, when reprints are available, i.e. Alexander Henry’s Apples + Pears is being printed in the Red colorway and shipping to retailers March 2nd!? I dont even know if this type of information is available.

  21. Maitreya says:

    Ummm, maybe more on handmade/handprinted fabrics and how to diy? Love the site :)

  22. Michele C says:

    In your case, I think six months is a lot of time, as you do so much work and research to get us fabric info. I’ve enjoyed it since you started and have been glad to see your blog expand with information. I’d love to know more about Liberty of London fabrics and how to find them affordably in the U.S. Thanks so much! — Michele

  23. Heids says:

    Congratulations – You have provided me with some fab links and new designers to follow over the last 6 months. I love to support our very talented Australian designers who have some fabulous hand screen printed fabrics available. On this theme I think an introduction to Tiwi Fabric which is hand screen printed by the local women on the Tiwi Islands just north of Darwin, Australia would be excellent – the patterns are unique and the colours are brillant.

  24. Samantha says:

    Congrats on your 6th month birthday

    I love the convenience of online fabric shopping but I’d love to hear about reader’s favorite neighborhood independent fabric stores. They would be fun to visit when traveling and this also might serve, in some cases, as a record of a dying breed – last year a local fabric store closed its doors after 40 years. It was an amazing place with a back room stuffed with bolts of vintage fabric – now it’s gone.

  25. Kiera says:

    Congratulations! 6 months IS an accomplishment for a blog, especially one as cool as yours! Thanks for all of the eye candy and informative posts. I look forward to checking out the site every day.

    Here’s my content suggestion: interview someone from the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley, CA, or any other surface design program.

  26. mamie says:

    i would love a post about storage of fabric and ideas of how to arrange fabrics in ways to inspire and help create.

  27. Alissa says:

    Perhaps someone has already mentioned this, but maybe a Japanese fabric week? I know that’s broad… maybe Japanese animals? Foods? Oh the list is long with all the amazing cute Japanese fabrics!

  28. lsaspacey says:

    Wow, congrats!!!


    You were able to help me before, I am wondering if you’ll be able to help me again. Two weeks ago I notice a new collection of fabric in my local Jo-Ann Fabrics. It is very reminiscent of Russian folkloric fabric prints and according to the labels the collection name is Crafted. It has about seven different prints, some coordinating bottomweight fabric, and a corduroy under that name too. I think a lot of people would be interested in it but I can’t find any information or pictures, not even on the Jo-Ann web site.

    I wrote down a few names/numbers of the styles: They all have this main number (152021) and then Mod Garden Border (965 5762); Mod Posy (963 7554); Arts Crafts Floral Border (966 7924); and this really interesting print done with long chenille-like embroidery called Olive Flourish Emb. (963 7463). That last one’s not pretty but is pretty gutsy for a Jo-Ann store. If you can find any information on this line I would be really grateful.


  29. gwensmom says:

    How time flies- it doesn’t seem like 6 months.

    My suggestion is content on how to get into fabric design. Do fabric companies have searches or contests or seminars for new designers?

    Also, the lists on sale days are getting really long. So maybe divide them into categories like Etsy shops, chain stores (Hancock, Joanne) and online shops for easier navigating.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  30. Jhoanna says:

    Happy Half-Anniversary :-)

    It’s always exciting to drop in and see what new fabric or info about fabric you’ve uncovered.

    I’d love to see a week on fabric with indigenous designs from different countries. For example, I recently stumbled upon quilting cotton here in Australia that features authentic Aboriginal art (link: It would be interesting to see what the indigenous people of other countries are designing for fabric (if any?)

  31. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’d love to read more about how artists get into the fabric designing business and then how you go from design to a printed fabric.

  32. Jacqui says:

    Can’t resist the lure of the prizes, although two comments in as many days is making me worry I’m turning into a stalker or something :D Topics, well I second the ones asking about fabric weights because I’m really very reluctant to buy fabrics online unless I already know how they’ll feel. I’m always into posts on practical things too, and at the moment especially printing my own fabrics, whether with potato stamps or with Spoonflower or whatever other neat ways, ideas, patterns etc. are out there. Would love to see Scandinavian fabrics featured sometime (if you haven’t already), I fell in love with the Swedish stuff while there last year and want to know more about it. Keep up the good work, love seeing your posts appear in my feed.

  33. Tella says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I would love to read about mixing fabrics from different collections. So often people stick to the same coordinating line, when I think it’s more interesting to pull from different sources. That said, it’s often very difficult to coordinate colors once you do that. Reading about how other mix fabric lines would be inspirational to me!

  34. Jesse says:

    Congratulations! Your posts are always fascinating. I’d love to see something about shwe shwe fabric, because while the traditional designs are lovely, there’s been something of an explosion in modernising them. Perhaps something about regional fabrics from around the world?

  35. mariarrosa says:

    Congratulations! I learn very much with your blog so I only can say keep doing the same. Thank you very much!

  36. BethieB says:

    Hi Kim! I’ve stopped by a few times in the past but have never posted, the lure of those prizes is just too hard to resist so I’m posting now, lol!

    I’d love to see what designers around the world are doing. I’m throwing a barnyard animals themed baby shower, and it’s been really difficult finding fabrics that were the right colors (bright red and blues) with the westerny theme, so I’d love to see more of that. And also, I keep putting off working with slinky fabrics because I’m terrified and don’t know how to use them or what to use them for, so any tips and ideas on that would be awesome.

    Also, I’ve been fascinated by the different quilting techniques and their history, especially crazy quilts and string quilts. They somehow use all those different fabrics and colors and designs and stitches and make it work, and just imagining how they did (and still do) those projects gives me heartburn, lol. So any informational posts on those subjects would thrill me and my family to death. :0)

  37. Ros says:

    How about something on how to use ugly scraps of fabric and turn them into something beautiful?

  38. Sandra says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I would love to see some stuff about Scandinavian fabrics “then & now”. I’m a big fan of Danish design :o )

  39. laurel hansen says:

    I would like to see how fabric is designed…what is the process like?

  40. Louise says:

    I love your website, and get lots of inspiration from it! I’ve posted this on the European thread also, but a fun British theme would be great!

  41. laura says:

    Congratulations! Please just keep torturing me by showing me gorgeous daily swatches and then reminding me that I should be decluttering – such sweet pain!

  42. Congratulations again! Is it just too greedy to enter both contests?! I’d like to see a feature on Liberty fabrics too- both the vintage and modern ranges.

  43. Christine Ebner says:

    I would love to read more about ethnic fabric from around the world! we all see a lot of japanese fabrics lately, but what about e.g. african prints, and all these arabic influenced designs with a lot of gold and sparkly things on them?

  44. Natasha says:

    Congratulations on 6 months. I would love to know more about textile design, the printing process, how to make repeats. Maybe also about upcoming trends in fabric. What motifs are hot, what colour palettes etc.

  45. Morgan says:

    Hi, so glad that you guys have been online for 6 months. Hoping you last much longer.

    I live in New Zealand and sometimes find it hard to find companies that ship here. Maybe you could do a post about the best fabric companies that ship internationally. That would be really helpful!

  46. iHanna says:

    I only just found you and thought to suggest/ask: have you done a post on Kaffe’s fabric design? Those are my favorite! I would also like to read about the fabric designers that are keeping successful blogs!?


  47. Sarah says:

    I just came across your blog and am so surprised by all of the information you have up in only 6 months! I know that other people have already mentioned it, but I would really like to learn more about the weight of fabric. When to use what/what it really means.

    Congrats on 6 months! I’m so glad I found you!

  48. Rita says:

    Hello Kim,

    I always follow up what you write about in your blog. I´m a fabric-lover myself, with very eclectic taste, and its always a pleasant surprise to read your posts.
    I would like you to focus on Fairytale fabric, vintage inspired or japanese, because that´s my main theme in the clothes I make, and I´m still begining my research in thet area.

    Congratularions for the six intense and very good months!

  49. Quat says:

    I always love the visual fondling of fabrics on your blog – keep up the good work.

    I would love to see a bit about recycling mixtures of vintage fabrics (eg embroideries, with cottons, and more robust fabrics like denim & corduroy).

    And keep up the daily swatch – maybe choose a colour and theme together (eg yellow florals, red people).

    Thanks for a lovely site.

  50. karen says:

    Congratulations on six months! I’d love to see a discussion on color and mixing fabrics.