True Up Is 1.

it's my birthday

One year ago today, on Tax Day, I launched True Up. I can’t believe it’s been a year already and that I’ve managed to write posts nearly six days a week!

I’m not doing anything fancy to celebrate, no big giveaways or announcements (though there are plenty of those in store for the future). I spend lots of time fretting over unfinished (and unwritten!) to-do lists and thinking of all the things I could and should be doing with the blog and the business. But today, I just wanted to take time to think of where I started and how far I’ve come, to thank YOU for reading, and to thank all the past and current sponsors for their support. I’m so fortunate to have met all you, either online or in person. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, True Up would not be possible without your support and words of encouragement.

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Me and My Boys.

I also want to express my eternal gratitude to my family. Maintaining the site takes up more time than I ever anticipated, and it has been a struggle to do it all at once. Thank you putting up with me and supporting me in the pursuit of my dreams.

Let’s take stock of this first year, shall we?

Fabric Study has been one of my favorite topics to write about. So far I’ve covered weaves and a few different fibers — linen, rayon, and barkcloth. A silk series is coming later this month, wool is down the road, and there’s still plenty to write about plain old cotton.

twoway-folkI’ve loved sharing tutorials and talking to artists about surface pattern design: this post on pattern directionality, written with the help of Michelle Engel Bencsko, is one of my favorites.

I’ve had the privilege to interview many inspiring, brilliant, and hardworking people: Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House, Patricia Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics, textile design student Aurora Fox, Kimberly Niesz of Niesz Vintage Fabric, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of FunQuilts, Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie. And then there’s my ongoing meet the sponsors series, providing fascinating (to me, anyway!) little “behind the bolts” peeks into the lives of fabric retailers. I’ve also loved taking a back seat for the day and letting authors on blog tours take over: Heather Ross, Betz White, and Maria Peagler have all been my esteemed guests. I’ve only scratched the surface of people I’d like to interview and host, so look forward to plenty more of that. Lastly but not leastly, I was honored to be interviewed by Sew, Mama, Sew!, and interview my own self via SMS’s stash interview meme.

Speaking of memes, for some reason my attempt at one (your favorite fabric ever) was kind of a dud. Too hard to pick a favorite? Not enough readers at that point? Who knows … (wait, I said I’m not beating myself up today!)

3272989668_2ae6150356Some of my most successful posts, on the other hand, have been my own original tutorials: Three Signs of a Cluttered Stash and 10 Steps to a Decluttered Stash. And then one I merely reposted: How to Care for Vintage Fabric – 36 Tips by Nan Jaeger of Revival Fabrics. (See a pattern here? As Problogger says, use a number in your post title, watch the links roll in. Well, I hope there is good information to back it up, too!)

As weird and maybe trivial as it might seem, I do believe True Up has also become the source for breaking fabric industry news, gossip, and controversies. To wit: Amazon buys Fabric.com, Heather Ross to leave fabric design, Westminster to Adopt MAP Policy (which was quickly scrapped).

I’ve (gasp) left my computer screen and actually made some field trips: to the Fall Quilt Market 2008, where I met nearly everyone I could ever hope to meet, and got head-spinningly inspired. And though the main purpose of the week I spent in San Francisco was to go to my sister-in-law’s clifftop wedding, I also got to take a mini textile tour with the most wonderful Lisa Solomon.

And of course, there have been oodles of my “workhorse” posts: new fabric collection previews, Sale Alert Sundays, Show-Us-Your-Stashes (which has kind of gone by the wayside but is due for a triumphant return), indie designer spotlights, and Daily Swatches. It’s become my goal to be an exhaustive catalog/archive of all the great new and old fabrics that I love, and I hope that I’ve become your reference of choice to keep up with new releases, trends, and information.

Here is to another year, another 853 posts, another 3,456 comments, another 2,000 subscribers … and of course, to more fabric. Now, bring on the cupcakes!

48 Comments

  1. tia says:

    Happy Birthday! You are doing great, I love reading all your posts!

  2. cristina lindblad says:

    Happy Birthday! And wishing you many more. You’re doing a fabulous job.
    Cristina

  3. Harley says:

    Yay, Happy Birthday!! :D

  4. Cynthia says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  5. jenny says:

    congrats on the one year anniversary!

  6. Melanie O says:

    Wow, it’s only been a year? If feels like you’ve been around forever (in a good way!) You do such a great job, congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy birthday! (wow, only a year?!)

  8. Sarah says:

    Your blog is great. I am a new reader so I will have fun reading through all of the links in your post today. Thanks so much for all that you do

  9. Betty says:

    Congratulations! :)

  10. MichelleB says:

    Well Happy Birthday and congratulations! Today is my son’s (17th) birthday. It is a great day!

  11. frog says:

    Happy birthday! Thanks for all your hard work on True Up – it’s a fabulous resource.

  12. And what a fantastic year it has been!
    I’ve been a fan since day one when you announced its unveiling on your Dioramarama blog.
    Thank you for such well written and informative posts. Rarely a day goes by without my stopping in to see what’s new in the world of fabric.

    Congratulations!
    Kimberly :)

  13. Deborah says:

    Amazing! What an awesome year, and I really enjoyed reading the recap–it’s so much more impressive to see ALL that work laid out in one place! So glad to have you as a nexus for all things yummy, and hoping you’ll be at Quilt Market Pittsburgh for the chance to meet (and ogle, and fondle, and drool, and sigh)! No such thing as too many Fabric Junkie buddies.

    Congrats, Happy Birthday, and here’s to lots more to come.

  14. Carrie says:

    Congrats on your 1st year! And, thank you, for all the wonderful fabric news, information, inspiration and eye candy!

  15. Cheryl says:

    Congratulations! I’ve only recently found your blog, and I can see why you have been so successful, and all the hard work!

    Here’s to many more years!

  16. larissa says:

    Happy happy happy 1st birthday, True Up, and please have many more! You’ve accomplished an amazing amount in a year.

  17. Catherine says:

    Happy Birthday! I read your blog every day–it’s first on my list. All the best!

  18. Natalie says:

    Congratulations!
    I love your blog and especially love the daily swatch post.
    Best wishes

  19. Shannon says:

    Congratulations! True Up is definitely one of my regular reads. :)

  20. kathy says:

    Congratulations on your first b-day! Your love of fabric shines through in every article. This blog is a joy to read and follow. Thank you too for all the awesome support you provide the online selling world! xo Kathy

  21. shortboots says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I’m so glad you were born. ;)

  22. OH MY GOD! 1 year already….
    Congratulations!!!
    Let me tell everyone is a privilege to know Kim and that she interviewed me; I am proud to be one her sponsors. She is so sweet!
    She has provided our fabric industry with THE SOURCE, the site to read the best info (All fabric, All the time).
    I was brought up to tears to read your recap, only one year and everything you have accomplished is unbelievable. You go girl!!
    Cheers for all the years to come…

    Love, Patricia
    OH, I forgot: step by our booth at Quilt Market!

  23. Congratulations on such a great success. I hope you are as proud of yourself as others are of you. :-)

  24. Vanessa says:

    Happy birthday, Kim! It’s been a blast to be on the ride with you – you’re a credit to the modern fabric industry and a caretaker of all things vintage fabric. May you have many, may more happy True Up birthdays to come!

    Cheers
    Ness

  25. Claire says:

    Congratulations on such a wonderful year. Your blog is very special to so many of us!

  26. Congratulations! I love your blog, and would have guessed by your professional ease that you had writing it for years and years! Here’s to many more.
    xx

  27. Jen says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday! True Up is absolutely going to have many more prosperous years to come.

  28. Renee says:

    Happy Birthday!

  29. Happy Birthday Kim!!! Love stopping in here for the eye-candy and fabulous info!! Your hard work is very much appreciated!

  30. Yvonne says:

    A very happy Birthday to you!!

  31. golden star says:

    Congratulations! I didn’t realize that the blog was this young. I have been a reader for about the past 8 months and have learned and enjoyed every bit of the ride.

    May there be many many more birthday celebrations.

  32. Jo-Ann says:

    Happy Birthday! I read your blog every day. It’s wonderful. Thanks for all your hard work!

  33. pam says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRUE UP!!

  34. Sarah says:

    Congratulations, Kim! You’ve done an incredible job with True Up!

  35. amstergregg says:

    lil kim big upps from the amsterdam. happy birfday too you. let me know if their is some local fabric you want me to pick up and i will send you some. molly at 32 weeks. will keep you up to dates.

  36. Megan says:

    Thanks for all your hard work……I especially appreciate sale alert sunday!

  37. KarenD says:

    Happy blogiversary!

  38. James Powell says:

    Congrats on your very informative and relevant blog birthday! I always take a moment out of an otherwise chaotic day to read your features, news, and updates. Thank you and keep it up! All the best!

  39. Rosa says:

    Happy birthday! True Up is one of my favorite blogs since day one.

  40. Sara says:

    Happy Birthday! I always enjoy reading your blog! Please keep up the amazing work.

  41. Ellen B says:

    Here’s to another great year! Always enjoy your posts!

  42. Melanie says:

    Happy Birthday! It’s been a great year and you’ve achieved so much in that time! I’m looking forward to all the years to come.

  43. stacy says:

    Congratulations! I’ve really enjoyed reading your site over the past year – I can’t wait to see what you’ll be doing in the coming year!

  44. Nancy Mims says:

    CONGRATS and CHEERS to many more exciting, fun and successful years!

  45. Sondra says:

    Kim,
    Thank you for being so wonderful to work with and thanks for all that you do. Your blog is so informative and up to date…..I am so glad that our paths in life crossed. Congratulations on what you have done and will continue to do….your baby is adorable!
    Positive energy,
    Sondra

  46. jordana says:

    oops, i missed it. happy belated :D

  47. Sheree says:

    Happy 1 year anniversary! Love your blog!!

  48. Nan Jaeger says:

    Thanks so much for posting my article “How to Care for Vintage Fabric – 36 Tips”. I truly enjoyed writing it and like knowing that others can get use out of it. Love your blog! Nan Jaeger of Revival Fabrics