Welcome to True Up

Hello and Welcome! True Up is a blog devoted solely to fabric.

“True Up” means to make something square or straight, and as a sewing term it means squaring up your piece of fabric, making it true to grain. The term for me also evoked taking a large piece of fabric and chunking it into smaller pieces, which I thought is a nice metaphor for blogging.

True Up will have fabric news, instruction, inspiration, sale alerts, new fabric announcements, advice, interviews, opinion, guest appearances, and much more. There won’t be all that much about actually using fabric — no sewing or crafting projects per se — unless the project or technique helps us think about fabric in a new way. I want this space to be primarily about fabric for fabric’s sake, and I hope to reach and inspire fabric fans who practice a diverse array of crafts and trades.

A couple caveats. First, I am most familiar with the world of quilting-weight woven cotton, so you will be hearing a lot about it. Since it’s widely available, inexpensive, multi-purpose, easy to work with, and comes in a huge variety of prints, it is what I think of first when I think of fabric. Though it’s “the default fabric,” it has its limitations, of course. I intend to use True Up to expand my world-view (and yours too if you’re in the same boat) into garment, home decoration, and other fabrics.

Second, I am NOT a member of the fabric industry, nor am I a surface designer (yet?!). I have a lot to learn, but I plan to learn as I go and bring you along with me. I assume many of you are like me — textile and pattern fans with heaps of curiosity about how fabrics are created and marketed. Hopefully some of my readers will have more experience in the industry and will be willing to answer questions and correct me when I’m wrong.

Though this week is the official launch, you may notice that I already have archives reaching back a few years. I brought most of my fabric-related posts from my craft blog, Dioramarama over here in order to give new readers an idea of my tastes, interests, and voice (and also to give myself some content to obsessively tag, organize, and format). So have a look around, subscribe with your feed reader of choice, say hi in the comments, let me know what you think, and spread the word if you’re so inclined. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Jessie says:

    What a great idea. Congrats on the new venture!

  2. kathy says:

    Nice new digs, congratulations! Who doesn’t want to talk about fabric all the time?

  3. Julia says:

    Congrats on the new site – I think it’s a great idea and I wish you great good luck. There is so much good stuff out there to talk about!

  4. jenny says:

    congrats on the new site, this is totally up my alley. I love new fabrics. perhaps would be better not to spoil my secrets, but I have been finding some neat vintage stuff on Etsy lately. see for instance, Paper Hill Fabrics.

  5. Mandy says:

    Welcome back and love the new site! I love this idea, and look forward to new leads on my fabric obsession (um… hobby. yeah…).

  6. meggiecat says:

    I’m so glad you posted on Dioramarama that you’ve moved. I read through Bloglines and did not see the side bar. Have fun with this and we’ll have fun too!

  7. Nicole says:

    AWESOME and Congrats….now if only we had a Ravelry for sewers…. :)

  8. floribunda says:

    Love the new site — great fabric so far. I have one tiny recommendation though… that lime green for your links is really hard to read on the white background if you’re over a “certain age”! Thanks

  9. gina says:

    Congrats on the new blog! I’m looking forward to learning more about fabric as I’m just starting to sew (finally!). Yay Kim!

  10. mariarrosa says:

    Thank you for this blog. I love it. As I am a fabric adict I’ll keep visiting you.

  11. Stacy A says:

    I sauntered over here via Pink Chalk Studio, and how glad I am. I am brand new to quilting, which means I am also brand new to fabric beyond the 2.99$ rack at the local fabric discount shop. The more I learn about different fabrics and textiles, the more I want to learn. I am thrilled to follow you along of your fabric journey. Love Stacy

  12. Looking forward to reading more! :)

  13. Mochelle says:

    Fabulous, Fantastic all those with etsy shops will praise you.
    I have already been shopping on your recommendations…WELL DONE I LOVE IT

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