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!

425 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I love your blog!

    My suggestions for the daily swatch:

    toiles or world/ethnic fabrics. Maybe even pick a country/region and have that be the theme.

  2. Congrats! 6 mo is like 3 1/2 yrs :) what about masculine fabrics – currently available, and not the cheesy sort. . .? Love reading/looking at your pics :)

  3. Margo Pawell says:

    Congrats! I recommend along with focusing on other designers and sewer’s fabric lines or stashes but also focusing on what they do with those fabric (their sewing creations). Also 6 months is equal to 3 and 1/2 years.

  4. cathy gillette says:

    I love ideas on how to combine fabrics in one block patterns. I think that scrap quilts and crazy quilts will have a real interest surge with the economy the way is is. My favorites are patterns that take the scrappy collection, but tie the whole top together with one fabulous fabric that brings it up to date.

  5. crafty_dame says:

    i would LOVE to see storage ideas for non-quilting fabrics! it seems like every good storage idea is for flat cottons, and what about things like knits that don’t fold up nearly as nice! on that same note, i’d love to see clean studios from fabric lovers who work with the bulky fabric as well. as inspiring and gorgeous as the studios i’ve seen are, the artists all seem to work with the easily stored fabric, and really, that just seems like cheating. ;)

  6. tini says:

    Hey congrats…

    i would love to see more chenille and minky fabrics get featured here… :)

  7. Jessica says:

    I’ve been really into texture of late. I’d love to see more textured fabrics on your site. Keep up the hard work!

  8. Amanda says:

    I would also love to see more talk about pattern scale when choosing fabrics. I really don’t seem to have understood it all yet.

    Thanks for the wonderful information and congrats on the milestone!

  9. lorchick says:

    This is quite possibly the dumbest fabric question ever, but my question concerns fabrics. Constantly at the fabric store I work at, I am asked, ‘Why does cotton only come in 115cm? width?’ (being the canadian store that we are, we go by cm.)
    To which I sagely reply, “Hm, I’m not sure!”
    A wise quilt-instructor and muchly travelled customer once informed me and some other people that it is incredibly rare to find cotton that is wider than 115cm. So I was wondering… why is that? Why does cotton only go up to 115, but most other fabrics are much wider, averaging at 155?

  10. Jamie V says:

    I love all of your posts and info – but I definitely like to read about how to organize the sewing room/craft room and how to handle the clutter! Jamie V in MT
    amzanioli@yahoo.com

  11. Valerie says:

    Congratulations on your 6 month anniversary! I have only found your blog recently so forgive me if you’ve already done this, but I would love something on Japanese prints, especially the cute ones you find nowadays.

  12. susanne says:

    I would love to know how Japanese designers choose designs and how they make and print their fabrics. Echinico makes a cotton/linen blend–American fabric makers don’t make this blend.

  13. carrie says:

    Congrats! Perhaps more interviews with designers would be informative–it’s fun and inspirational to get inside their brains. Keep up the fantastic work…

  14. Cami says:

    I love hearing what inspires everyone. It seems to be different for everyone.

  15. Rachel H says:

    As someone new to sewing, I’d love to read about how to get started, some basic tools/equipment, using a variety of materials, and maybe some helpful hints that it took you a while to learn/figure out.

  16. quenna says:

    I just found this site via whip up! Congrats on your anniversary :)

    I’m always interested in different ways of organizing fabric and sewing supplies especially ideas for working with limited space. Not everyone have a separate craft room or a wall for open shelves. So maybe an article for non traditional storage solutions.

    Here’s an example: http://blissfulbyquenna.blogspot.com/2008/02/organizing-fabrics-or-how-to-store-your.html

    Maybe an easy guide to identify fabric content or weave, especially when working with vintage or thrift store finds.

    Keep up the good work :)

  17. Esther says:

    One suggestion might be to do a section on how to date vintage textiles- specific advice about what to look for, what patterns were popular at what time, etc

  18. kelly says:

    congratulations – those 6 months went fast!

    yoshiko jinzenji is an interesting designer. I love her luminous bamboo dyed fabrics.

  19. Oh, wow! What an amazing giveaway.

    I keep waiting for steampunk to be translated to fiber arts and, in particular, into fabric lines. Seen any?

  20. mary grace says:

    wow — 6 months and you have an incredible following :) congrats on the blog-iversary! :) i’d love to see more of your “ten steps” articles — i.e. 10 steps to starting a craft business, 10 steps to starting a blog, 10 ways to attract readers, etc. :) thanks for all the great content!

  21. Jenna says:

    Congrats! I second the idea of including a post about what to do with little scrap pieces – I can’t throw them away, but not sure what to do with them!

  22. Lisa D. says:

    Would love to see vintage Christmas fabrics featured. Happy half-iversary!

  23. Caroline says:

    Congrats on the six-month anniversary!

    I think it would be great to do a post on interfacing. So many people have a hard time figuring out what the best types to use for different projects!

  24. Jill says:

    Happy Anniversary! Great site! I’d love to see something about amateur fabric designers and the process of getting their work printed.

  25. Krissy says:

    Oh my gosh!!!!!! That is amazing! I never win anything … lol I’d be beside myself if I actually got something I wanted! LOL Isn’t Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics amazing!?!??

    As odd as it sounds … I’d love to know about finishing touches… zippers, magnetic closures, binding…. I am able bind okay enough … but I love thorough instructions and pictures. And how to work with different zippers and sewing them into projects, whether it’s a bag, quiet book or dress/skirt/whatever. :)

  26. Congratulations on six months of greatness!

    I would love, love, love to see a lot of Christmas stuff coming up… I’m already in the spirit and know you have many beautiful ideas to show!

  27. tara says:

    I know it’s already been said a ba-jillion times but I love, love, love vintage fabrics so more on that:) Oh, and I have glass jars filled with leftover pieces of my favorite fabrics–any ideas?

    congrats!!

  28. Lisa says:

    I’m a newbie, but I’d love to see some info on organization and storage both of the pristine uncut pieces and the endless scraps.

  29. Jeanne says:

    Happy anniversary. You have such a wonderful blog, and I’ve enjoyed reading it over the past year. a few ideas for future posts: the design process specific designers go through, printed corduroy, and oil cloth.

  30. Karen says:

    I think all the comments so far have really great ideas.
    It’s been a while since I was on your site, but I’m going to go back now and check it out.

  31. Happy Anniversary! Your site is so fun! Really just keep on doing what you’re doing, it’s great!

  32. Malinda says:

    I would LOVE to see more interviews with textile designers! Maybe more on teh process of manufacturing/creating fabric.

    thanks for this site – I visit often and am often inspired.

  33. jen eskridge says:

    I’d love more information about the textile design process. I LOVE Spoonflower and I know many professionals use it- but what about the drawing, vectors and repeats… not to mention highlights on textile artists’ inspirations. I think True-up’s sale pages are great too. Who doesn’t love a sale?? ~jen~

  34. Rebecca says:

    Wow – Great giveaway!! I’d love to see a post on panels. I recently bought a christmas table topper panel from Moda and LOVE it!! I’d love to see some more good quality panels out there and where I can buy them. They work great for a quick project or a reversible one.

  35. evelyn says:

    I’d love to see a discussion of solids for quilting – what to look for, which companies offer the nicest ones, what about other options (linen seems to be a craze lately, but there are so many types of linens!), quilt patterns like “soft spoken” that highlight them, etc.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on 6 months! I found you about 4 months and I consider it great luck.
    How about something on “masculine” quilts and fabric, as in ideas on quilts and gifts that are ‘manly’ enough for our brothers, fathers, friends and lovers? i certainly struggle with that!

  37. Amy says:

    I just found you via Pink Chalk Studios and am so excited to have a new blog to read! since I have just started reading I don’t know what to suggest…maybe more tips on how to use your fabric to it’s fullest potentional and not waste a single bit of it!!!
    Happy 6 months!!!

  38. sarah says:

    Joel Dewberry fabrics, any newish designers along his, and Heather Bailey’s lines. Thia is a fabulous giveaway!

  39. Deirdre says:

    Congrats on the 6 months! I’d love to see some project ideas – maybe for the Daily Swatches. I’m also a big fan of all those little fabric packs – charm packs, layer cakes, jelly roles, all those little things. I like being able to get all or many of the fabrics in a collection for such a great price, but I don’t always know what to make.

  40. heather jane says:

    I love seeing all the new fabrics available all in one place. I also collect a lot of vintage fabric from thrift stores and I love seeing your round-ups as sometimes I find things I have in your posts. I have not been reading for 6 months and I may have missed this, but I would enjoy a round-up of children’s deco weight fabrics (vintage or new).

    Thanks for the hard work you put into this blog. I also love the sale information you post! It’s a good reminder when I may not have kept track of my sale flyers or for a store I don’t get flyers on…especially on-line stores.

  41. CBear says:

    I’d love to see more about working with and purchasing linen.

    I love all the linen I see in the Japanese craft books, but don’t know what to look for or where to get it!

  42. Concha says:

    I’d love a special feature about traditional fabrics from all over the world!

    Congratulations True Up and Kim!

  43. Debbie says:

    Have you ever considered doing a post about student textile work? There’s a lot of great stuff out there!

    Or, a post about Natalie Chanin/Alabama Stitch Book.

    Congrats on your half anniversary!

  44. Alison says:

    Congrats!
    I have two boys (3 if you count hubby)and find it hard to get nice fabric to make them things from – so a little guide would be lovely! ;-)

  45. Heidi says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    Two designers I love are
    Leanne’s House http://www.leanneshouse.typepad.com/

    and

    Squirrel Momma http://www.squirrelmomma.typepad.com/

    Cheers Heidi

  46. Audrey says:

    I would love tips on using different weight fabrics together in a quilt such as quilting cottons, corduroy, chennile, flannel back satin, linen, etc. for a creative looking and feeling blanket. I would love more information on tips to use solid cottons in a quilt more effectively as well. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  47. Samantha says:

    Congratulations! I think forecasts for the up and coming colors would be cool. I also think something about mixing and matching would be really helpful. I seem to have trouble there. I’ve been trying to come up with combinations for fun skirts for my girls and I want that mixey look, but something holds me back from making the choices.

  48. Michelle says:

    Well, I’m pretty new to your site(which I’ve been quite enjoying) but I could use some help with colour combining. I always see combinations of different fabric online which I love but get stuck when trying to put something together from my stash. Any suggestions with that would be great!

  49. Linda Gerig says:

    Just found your blog. Love to hear about the designers and their fabrics and patterns. You have a good selection in the drawings. Linda Gerig

  50. Lisa says:

    It would be so lovely to have help with finding great patterns for cold weather clothing for kids and picking fabrics for such cold weather clothing. I feel stuck this time of year!