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. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations on a job well done. You cover so many fabrics and designers and although I’m a “newer” reader perhaps you’ve covered what I’ll suggest…Japanese Indigo. I lived in Japan for 3 years and brought home a few gorgeous pieces.

  2. Melissa says:

    I would like to know more about silk and working with different types of silk. I don’t think it’s been covered on TrueUp? I know you did some posts on linen and I loved that series!

    Thanks for the wonderful blog, I read every day in my feedreader!

  3. juliet says:

    Congrats!!! I found your site through yahoo & Iam thrilled to have do so> Iam a housey-girl & have always loved to find ways to improve my home. The frabrics shown on your site are a wonderful way to do so. Curtains, pillows,bedding sets, & even wallpaper made from fabric are not a lost art as long as sites like yours are around! Thank you! Juliet

  4. tracy says:

    Just started sewing and just started reading the blog. Love it! Suggestion — list of suppliers for good quality “basics” (e.g., solids, courderoys, denim) that can set off all the really cool pattern fabrics

  5. Vireya says:

    Congratulations on 6 months!

    I’d love to ee some pile fabrics; velvet, velveteen, velour, corduroy, crushed velvet, devore, even woven carpets could be in this category.

    All the best for many more 6-month anniversaries!

  6. Melissa says:

    Congrats! I would love to see how the fabrics you feature are used in various patterns.

  7. Carol says:

    I would love to see patterns by all the cottage industry designers, fabric stashes and sewing areas, and I look forward to seeing holiday fabrics.

    I love your links to sales and contests. Thank you.

  8. Anne says:

    Congratulations on your milestone! I love the fabric stylings of Lila Tueller with her rich colors and organic designs.

  9. Emy says:

    I would love to see some suggestions for those awesome but icky vintage polyester doubleknits we all find when thrifting. :D Hah! Good luck on that. :)

  10. Marsha says:

    Happy six-month birthday!

    I’d love to see a post about fabric suitable for kids (both in terms of color/pattern and material/durability).

  11. Bonney says:

    Congratulations!! My question has to do with how to decide if a vintage fabric is going to “work” for a new idea. Short of it shredding in your hands how do you test a thrifted fabric?

  12. Christy says:

    Idea: I would love to see some matelasse fabric featured!

    Congrats on the 6 months!

  13. Erin says:

    Love your blog – how about cordoroys? (sp?)

  14. Julie Andrea says:

    Six Months, way to go! :-)

    I would like to see ways of using soft leather (cow, moose, deer) and an effective way of using an old sugar bag. Thanks a bunch, Julie Andrea

  15. Molly says:

    I am curious to learn about the mark up on fabric. What does it cost my local fabric store per yard? And, is it possible to purchase fabric wholesale if you agree to buy a certain amount?

    Great blog!

  16. TinaJewel says:

    I am just finding your website and am amazed at all the different kinds of fabrics! I love the ones with tiny people, animals or characters on them!

  17. Anne says:

    Contrats – I would love to see hints on how to coordinate colors – it is so hard to look at fabric and visualize how it will all fit together. No I am not color blind but have so sense of color combinations.

  18. Meagan says:

    Congrats, congrats!
    There are so many posts already that I am sure to be duplicating suggestions, but…
    1) Features on affordable, eco-conscious fabric choices
    2) A feature on how to pick fabrics for a quilt/project–mixing color, texture, and pattern scale
    3) A feature on making items with solid colors, and just focusing on who out there makes GORGEOUSLY hued fabric (I wish I had suggestions on who to look to, but it’s not that easy to find!)
    In any case, huzzah! on your .5 year anniversary. May there be many more of these markers to come.

  19. Courtney says:

    Wow! Don’t diminish the accomplishment of 6 months, it’s great!!
    I’d love to hear more about things like Inklude that make an impact in the community. And/or the actual process of creating different types of fabric!

    Thanks for the chance!

  20. Jennifer says:

    I would love to see some Marimekko things. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my mother would go the Crate & Barrel in Boston where they actually sold the fabric. You could have large pieces of it put on a wooden frame to hang on your wall.
    We had a couple of those but also various napkins and table cloths.

  21. carrie says:

    Congrats on six months! I love the fabrics you’ve featured. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’d love to see vintage Halloween and fall fabrics, as well as projects.

  22. Jo-Ann says:

    Happy Anniversary! How about vintage hankies, and specifically vintage hankies with dogs on them? Or just dog and/or cat fabrics?

  23. Amy says:

    I’d like to learn more tips about actually cutting fabric for sewing. It seems there are many ways to go about doing it and so far this has been the most difficult part of a sewing project for this newbie.

  24. Gail says:

    Ooooo! More on fabric designers and designing.

    Mostly, just keep up the great work you’re doing!
    : )

  25. Kam A says:

    I would love tips on painting fabrics to make unique designs. Congrats on six months!!

  26. Heather H. says:

    congrats on six months! i’d love to see more on vintage fabrics in the future. :)

  27. Cathy says:

    I’d love to see a focus on non-cottons. Maybe silks, wools, etc.

  28. Heather says:

    I love the history behind ephemeral fabrics, especially with printed material on them: potato sacks, coffee sacks, feed bags. Material that would have been used over and over for that purpose only before it was discarded. Material that would be a far cry from polka-dotted 100% poly-cotton that you’d get at Joann today!

  29. It’d be fun to see some oilcloth, or textured velvets or corduroy. I love pattern panels, too – where you get a yard of fabric with all the pieces for a doll or pillow or whatever on it.

    I love reading your blog – it’s so inspiring and entertaining. Here’s to several more years of fabric fun!

  30. Rona says:

    What a wonderful site! Congratulations!
    I just found this recently and am enjoying looking at your archives.

    My personal favorites are Japanese fabrics!

    Thanks for the great site!

  31. marie beck says:

    Wow! So successful in just six months?! That’s something to be proud of! I’m not sure if this has been mentioned above because I don’t have spare time at the moment to read all the comments from you many fans, but I would personally love find out more about how we common folk could become fabric designers. You know, like maybe some interviews including how you can get started in your own home. Even just more on printing on fabric. I’m really intrigued by these processes and am wanting to look into it more.

    Thanks for all your hard work, you’ve got something awesome going on here!

    <3 Marie

  32. Six months of consistent posts is a real accomplishment! Good job!

    I’d like to see Asian themes—and sophisticated combinations.

  33. Emily says:

    It’s hard to come up with a suggestion as you’ve done such a fabulous job so far! Perhaps animal fabrics (dogs, cats, etc.?) or toiles? I love toile!

  34. Regina says:

    I just found you today – so just browsing quickly through and seeing lots of great topics.

    I also would love to learn more about the environmental impact of fabrics, and how we can make “green” selections in our projects.

  35. Nikki says:

    I love new/smaller fabric designers. I’d love to see more on lesser known designers and how they get started.

  36. John says:

    Wow, what great prizes. Thanks so much for this giveaway, but also for running this great blog! I love the site as is so don’t have too many suggestions, but how about personal profiles of fabric designers? Maybe with some wacky, atypical questions. Or, maybe highlighting fabrics and quilt designs from different countries?

  37. Janna says:

    It would be fun to see profiles of fabric stores…both storefronts on across the U.S. and those on the web. Who are the owners behind them, how did they get started….etc. Or, even highlight your favorite stores with photo collages of your favorite picks…

    With the holidays coming up, I am always interested in interesting holiday fabrics…

  38. Anna Socrates says:

    This is a wonderful site. Themes: how about Cat week or fabric with lovely ladies. I am planning a quilt that uses vintage and mostly fabric with both of these theme items.

  39. Sarah R. says:

    Congrats on 6 months!

    I’d love to see some info on working with heavier fabrics. And I second the suggestion someone made above about environmentally friendly fabric choices. That really interests me.

  40. Sandra says:

    I just found your site & am so happy as I am a fabric addict! I would love to learn more about diy fabric printing, following spoonflower’s progress of course but also tutorials on how to print at home using various mediums (screenprinting, hand stamping, ink jet methods, …). Sometimes I have something in mind & wish I could just make it myself :-) .

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Well, I’m new to your blog as of a couple weeks ago, so I’m not completely up to date on what fabrics you’ve covered and haven’t covered. I have to say my favorite part about what you post is the fabric deals on Sunday! It’s so hard to find good fabric at an affordable price. Thanks for helping make that available to everyone!

    I’d love to see information on printing your own fabric on up-cycled fabrics (like thrifted bedsheets). . . I guess just creative ways to make your own custom fabrics to use in sewing projects!

  42. Paige says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m really loving the vintage feedsack and/or retro fabrics, especially early Americana…more of that would be great.
    Thanks for all that you do here! I love True Up.

  43. Donna says:

    I would like to see information for beginning quilt makers – perhaps something for hand quilting how to? I just discovered your site and happy to see that there are 6 months of archives to trundle through. Congratulations on a half year of writing.

  44. ~k says:

    I think that you should have a “cosmetics” theme week. I just love that kind of girly retro fabric!
    Great Site, keep up the good work!

  45. Kate says:

    I’m thrilled with the blog — the daily swatches and info about vintage fabric as well as features and info about new lines from established designers and new lines from small, indie designers. Great great stuff.

    One fabric type I’d like to know more about is ikat.

    Daily swatch themes have all been great — some additional ideas … ground or air transportation, vices (my odd vintage cigarette print makes me wonder about gambling, or cocktail-themed prints. Maybe dancing might fall in there). Animal prints — one week for prints mimicking animal skins and one for prints of actual animals.

    And, I love your posts with with business- or process- oriented subject matter (developing new fabric searching methods for online business, screen printing, etc.) More of the same would be welcomed!

    Congrats on 6 months, and looking forward to the next!

  46. amy says:

    I think I would like to learn more about how fabric is made, and how one goes about designing fabric. I also think it might be interesting to focus on an indie/up and coming designer.
    I also love love love vintage fabrics, thank you for teaching me about them!

  47. Kate says:

    I would like to see more about people who print their own fabric. Happy halfiversary!

  48. MsLizF says:

    Love your site….can’t get enough of looking at fabric….would like to see more of animals, holiday and 60′s fabric. Keep up the good work.

  49. Lesley S says:

    I love your site, it’s a wonderful place for resources and inspiration — thank you!! As for suggestions, I’m always hunting for fabrics that are hard to find and sometimes out of print (it took me over a year to finally get my hands on the pool colorway of Alexander Henry’s 2D zoo!!). Is there some way of making it easier to find these types of prints that sell out asap?? Just a thought. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part!

  50. stacey says:

    Project Linus!

    I recently lost my son and it was a comfort to receive the little handmade quilt from this group. I plan to make some myself and send to them for other families. Maybe you can talk about how to use some of your lovely fabric scraps this way and raise awareness of this part of the group. I know many people know about project linus, but I never really understood what an impact it could make in someones life until I received one myself.