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. Bekhy says:

    On the daily swatches, would be nice to see a monthly or weekly theme and then have a series of write-ups about that particular fabric about how it’s recognizable from a certain era, what its influences were, fabric content. Also would love to see a somewhat systematic review of trends in fabric design starting with current trends, its design roots and working back, with lots of pictures. It’s cool to me to see particularly the cycling of the color wheel, how it might relate to the political/social climate of the time, and how the economy affects what designs are successful.

  2. Robin says:

    I am fascinated with pattern design and the process. Alot of us create our own designs and refuse to use someone else’s pattern. I’m sure I am not alone when I create something unique and cute and wonder if it’s worth a try to develop a pattern for it!

    Thanks – love the site

  3. Janet says:

    I just came from running errands downtown and I saw a women wearing a golden sari with beautiful golden threads and thought, why can’t we find that fabric around here. The color was outstanding. I’d like to hear more about different ethnic fabrics and wear to purchase or find. And, ecofriendly fabrics, cotton is high pesticide use and I’m feeling a little guilty about purchasing it, what other options do we have? Thanks!!!

  4. Stacy says:

    Congrats! Wow, you cover so much. This might be a repeat, but maybe something on how someone gets into designing fabric and how it is made. I like the suggestion about the the pattern making process too.


  5. zeda says:

    CONGRATULATIONS vintage and african fabric, and any kind of tips that would be helpful.

  6. Eve says:

    I am interested in info on sewing knit fabrics, I would love to see a post about that. I am always seeing super cute thermal fabrics and need some inspiration on what I could do with them!

  7. jacquie says:

    congrats on 6 months. i learn sooo much from your posts. i’m really interested in vintage fabrics…maybe you could help us find out how old fabrics are…how to research about vintage fabric. i found a bolt of wamsutta studio print and i’d love to know more about it, but i don’t have a clue how to start.

  8. upstatelisa says:

    congratulations! I would love to know how everyone’s patterns, ideas come to fruition! very inspiring!

  9. Daphne says:

    Congrats on six months–I’m happy you launched this wonderful blog. My question is basically more about the industry: who does the forecasting? how do they make decisions about colors, weights, styles, etc.? is it tied into fashion forecasting? how has the crafting boom affected manufacturers? I think this has been touched on here and elsewhere but I’m still quite curious. I love the focus on indie designers and printmakers here, but we still all go shop for the bigger designers at the chain (and local quilt) shops, and I’m curious about where I fit in their supply chain, if you know what I mean.

    Thank you!!!

  10. I just found your site and haven’t had time to poke around much yet. Looks fun.

    I always am drawn to large scale flower prints and keep thinking I need to diversify my stash. Some tips on breaking out of the rut would be useful. Some info on scale and values.

  11. LisaW says:

    Congrats! I only recently found your site, but I’m really enjoying it! I’d love to see more simple, clean lines and beginning quilting ideas. Thanks!

  12. donna says:

    Congrats on 6 months :-) I would love to see more on Japanese prints. Keep up the wonderful work.

  13. Heidi Gagne says:

    Happy half-anniversary!
    You really seem to have most things already covered here.
    I would love to see more vintage spotlights, with submissions from readers on their best vintage fabric (I have an amazing piece with Hunter S. Thompson-esque imagery including JFK on it dating from the late 60s that is dying for some eyes to view it).
    Would also love to see what some people have MADE with their vintage bits, since I still don’t have the guts to cut into most of mine.

  14. Carrie says:

    Congrats on 6 great months! I’d love to see a week on “The One That Got Away” – that fabric you loved, but delayed getting and then it went out of print and became impossible to find and you’ve been kicking yourself about it ever since. For me it’s that Paint-by-Numbers bird fabric by Moda. What was I thinking??

    I’d also be interested to know why, if a fabric is a big seller, it goes out of print. For the love of God, why?

  15. Ellen says:

    How about fabrics from India and tea towel prints?

  16. Mary says:

    Congrats on 6 months of True Up!

    I’m interested in historical fabric processes – possibly a feature about how fabrics and garments were created in the days of yore?

  17. Margie says:

    I would love a cool way to make children’s clothing out of second hand finds.

  18. Bonnie Nyquist says:

    Congrats of 6 mo! Your site is great! I would love to know more tricks to sewing with Minkee. Love the look of it,hate sewing with it,there must be more tricks to it!

  19. Ursa says:

    Hi. Discovered your website through Pink Chalk. Can’t wait to take more time and read your fabulous blog.
    For a suggestion. How about matching solid color fabric with patterned ones. How to not overwhelm projects. Thank you.

  20. Anne says:

    Gosh, I love so much about your site – it’s hard to come up with something to suggest! I think my favorite posts are ones with how-to’s or process information. Right now I’m amassing a large amount of fabric scraps, so I guess any information on how to deal with scraps – either organizationally or ways to use them up – would be really extra super cool icing on the top of an already really aweseome blog.

  21. MamaChanga says:

    Congratulations on your milestone!

    I’m new, sent over from Pink Chalk! Since I’m a newbie to sewing are there any specific books you can recommend or any specific tips for newbies?


  22. Betsy Bush says:

    A review of a wonderful new book by India Flint called “Eco Colour” published by Murdoch Publishing in Australia. It is a beautifully presented book about dying fabric using natural dyes.

    Have a look at it anyway even if you think that this is a bit far from your websites direction – There are quite a few quilters in Australia who are using natural dyed fabrics to create quilts.

  23. Shasta says:

    Congratulations on your half year anniversary! You have such a great site, I’m not sure if I can offer any good suggestions – so I suggest more of the same. Stuff for beginners, especially how to select fabric, stuff for experienced people letting us know the latest and greatest trends, book reviews, whatever.

  24. Howdy there, well done on the anniversary and having some great sponsors there!

    In terms of new posts, do you ever do anything on either getting hold of recycled fabrics or how to get crazy left-field stuff like fireproof cotton? (well, you need something fairly heavy duty for tipis I am afraid :-) )

    Thanks, Richard

  25. what an awesome giveaway! my website, funky finds, features lots of great indie designers, artists & crafters you could gain inspiration from for an upcoming contest!

  26. Karen says:

    Love your site! I just found it over a week ago and I am absolutely hooked – had to go back and read every post.

    My love of fabric is emotional. One of my favorite things is to look through my stash, especially the scraps, and be reminded of the projects I worked on with it, why I was making it (gift for a friend? inspired idea? crazy school project?). I also love how fabric can create an emotional connection. Flannel? Soft and cuddly, make you wants to settle down and relax. Velvet? Luxurious and regal, makes you want to show off. Even prints can inspire feelings of everything from “so cute!” to “totally modern and hip”. They can bring you back to your childhood or having your dreaming about the style you want to have.

    Anyway, sorry for the rambling. What I’d love to see is some interviews from designers about the inspiration for their fabrics… or comments from you or readers about memories on loving fabric as a child… things like that to combine the technical and aesthetic beauty with the emotional power of fabric and design.

  27. Nicole says:

    How exciting! I would love to see more about organizing and using up all of the fabric in my stash. Keep up the great work!

  28. Amy says:

    Congratulations! Your site is an inspiration.

    My favorite fabric topics lately are Japanese kid-oriented themes (I adore the fairy-tale prints), vintage embroidery, vintage sheets, and linen.

  29. Lori says:

    Wow! This site is new to me and it is full of wonderful fabrics and great information. From what I’ve read you’ve covered a lot of information. It’ll take me days to go back and read! I’ve bookmarked your site and will return often. Congrats on 6 months!!

  30. aSprinkling says:

    Ok. Let me just say that I haven’t read your blog before. But Pink Chalk Studio pointed me this way. Honestly, I’m just really getting into very much sewing and could use some fabric for a stash starter. So…I’m sure that I would have no good ideas about where to send you. But what would help me would be a discussion of how to select fabrics to coordinate for a single project. I’m just no good at it. Give me the selection and I can make something that looks nice, but the picking is hard.

  31. Linda says:

    Congratulations! May we help you celebrate many more!

    I would love to see more on applique quilting and ideas for it – especially with an indie edge.

  32. Alexis says:

    6 Months certainly is a MILESTONE. Remembering when my website went “live” I recall how each day seemed like a milestone. It is all a lot of fun but also a little unnerving trying to remember all the things you must do.
    As for “ideas” I personally like to read about two subjects. One is using fabrics from my stash and the other is finding great ideas for small projects that are relatively quick to make, attractive and suitable for gifts for many occasions. That way I can have items made up and ready when I need a gift on short notice.
    Keep up the great work.


  33. MegVS says:

    Congrats! What about featuring patterns that are done by some of the fabulous fabric designers like Sandi Henderson, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, etc ?

  34. Sue Cook says:

    How about some sort of challenge? One of your advertisers can put a group of fabrics together and your readers can purchase a kit to do a project.

  35. Pati C. says:

    Great idea for a contest. How about a bit on African Mud Cloth? or the difference between a “hand dyed” and a true, Batik?


  36. Darcy says:

    I love to appliqué, I know thats a little strange, but I find it so rewarding and satisfying. My suggestion is in regards to the technology surfacing in sewing/quilting and in particular appliqué. Fusible this and thats, wash away whatcha call its, there are lots of materials out there and so much you can do with them. Appliqué doesn’t have to be scary or really time consuming. Congrats on your anniversary, here’s to many more.

  37. outi says:

    Love your blog and your contest sponsors! How about something on linsey/woolsey.It is a very American historical fabric . I understand they currently only weave the fabric for museum and restoration purposes yet I own a jacket by Eileen Fisher that is 59% wool and 41% linen. Does anyone make it for retail sale? Very curious.Keep up the good work.

  38. Sam says:

    I love your blog! So much inspiration.

    I’d love to learn more about color theory, both in how fabric designers make their color choices and how to effectively choose colors for projects, especially quilts.

    Thanks for such a great resource!

  39. Thanks so much for gathering the information all of us addicted to fabric crave! I’d say your going strong and I can’t think of any suggestions for improvement except maybe featuring more vintage fabric and giving us an idea of what it’s worth. I’m trying to learn more about pricing vintage fabrics and I think you’d be a great source!

    Congratulations on your half anniversary, I’m sending you a virtual half cake with a beautiful paisley print (not too garish).


  40. Beth says:

    What a great giveaway! I’m a new reader so please forgive if you’ve written about this before, but I am really interested in the creative process fabric designers employ: inspiration, creating design documents, how they know what will work on the fabric, etc.


  41. Angela says:

    Congratulations! Love your blog. I’d like to see something about African fabric (where to buy) and perhaps African-inspired quilts in general. Thanks so much!

  42. Jennie C. says:

    Wow – thanks for the fab giveaway. What about featuring some vintage pre-printed fabric panels. I have several that I inherited my grandmother and I don’t know what to do with them. There’s some little dolls with clothes and a big red gingham dog. Tote bags, aprons … some fun ideas would be great.

  43. Peggie says:

    I’d like to know more about vintage southwestern fabrics–Arizona, California, New Mexico

  44. Stacey says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    What great prizes. I’d be interested in information about knit fabrics for clothing. Nice ones like in the Ottobre magazine.

  45. Robin says:

    I’d really enjoy learning about fabrics and weight — 10 oz. fabric vs. 6 oz — that sort of thing.
    Color theory and scale would be great, too.
    Happy Anniversary!

  46. Liz B says:

    I have only recently discovered your blog but I am really enjoying it. I can live vicariously through all the fabrics you post that I will never have access to! A suggestion I have would be to show ironic uses of fabric–a meat print fabric used to make a vegan’s lunchbag, a retro pin-up print used to make a cozy for a modern gadget…

  47. Rose says:

    Six months!That is fantastic. Congratulations.
    I’d like to see more about colour – vintage vs modern fabrics, it would be fun to see how the palette’s changing.

  48. Jo Ann says:

    Congrats on your 6 month blogaversary. I have trouble visualizing what my end product will be when I just have a rough idea and swatches of fabric. And I hate to waste fabric and time. Anything you can offer to help me see the end result would be great.

  49. Betsy says:

    Love your blog. I haven’t read all of your many comments on this post so I don’t know if this has been suggested before but what about a series of posts on vintage upholstery fabrics? Some of them are so cool. Thanks!

  50. Ashley says:

    Love your blog! Congrats on the 6 month anniversary… this is quite a giveaway, and even though I’ve never won, I’m going to hope that this is the one! I’m so intrigued by the printing process – behind the scenes kind of stuff. Maybe others would find this interesting as well?