Giveaway: Freespirit Designer Solids (and Other Basics) Sample Card Giveaway

I think the universe is conspiring against me posting to True Up lately — last week I had a sick little boy that needed tending-to, now this week I have his crud, and we’ve had two days of major power outages — day one because windstorms, old trees, and power lines don’t mix, day two because the entire state of Texas had to undergo rolling blackouts (and of course our neighborhood seemed to get more than our fair share of darkness).

But I want to make up for the sparseness today (and fight all this grayness and chill) with a pretty spectacular giveaway. FreeSpirit has sent me two sets of sample cards of their new Designer Solids and other basics collections — a beautiful, saturated assortment of colors meant to coordinate with their designer print collections. I am reaaaaalllly tempted to keep a set for myself, but I love you so I want you to have them.

As anyone who frequently uses solids, you know that samples are extremely helpful in planning projects and purchases (especially online purchases). And the sample cards are not available for retail purchase! I’ll try to convince them to sell a retail version, but in the meanwhile, this will be the only way to get your hands on them.

Here’s a rundown of the tonal basics:

Beads — a small polka dot. 25 colors.
Houndstooth — the classic weave in print form, which I can’t help but see as diagonal space invaders. 25 colors.
Twine — like a beautiful mess of string. 25 colors.
Dapples — your basic mottled tonal print. 50 colors.
Fresco — like Dapples, but at a larger scale and more defined areas of color. 25 colors.
Instincts — almost like a tiny animal print. 25 colors.
Pinwheels — little curlicues over a Dapples-like background. 25 colors.

Just leave your comment on this post, and I’ll draw a winner randomly next Thursday, February 10, around 10am Central U.S. time. Two winners will receive a solids sample card and one each of the other seven basics collections. Thanks to FreeSpirit for providing these lovelies!


  1. Kimberly says:

    What an exciting giveaway! Thank you!

  2. ~Michelle~ says:

    Ooh, this is awesome! I’m drooling over the houndstooth, I think it would make a great quilt binding!

  3. jenny says:

    I would love to win these!

  4. Cathy A says:

    How nice of FreeSpirt to send you things!!

  5. Suse says:

    Awesome!!! This is such a cool giveaway.
    I cross my fingers.


  6. Lisa P. says:

    These WOULD be good for planning projects–you don’t have to worry if your computer is showing the colors correctly if you are ordering online. Thanks.

  7. Nicholas says:

    Lovely and overly helpful!

  8. Jenny says:

    im super curious about free spirits basics…would love to branch out from Kona!

  9. Krystina says:

    Awesome giveaway! The winner is going to be one lucky person!

  10. Melinda says:

    I’m here in Austin too and the weather is crazy isn’t it? I am expecting a snow days tomorrow for the total of 3 inches we’ll be getting. I’m sure the East Coasters are rolling their eyes now. ;-)

    I love this idea of the sample cards. It has been something I am working towards to add more solids to my sewing projects. Thank you for sharing these with us!

  11. Jennifer Dancy says:

    When I owned my quilt shop, I had customers that would ask for these – and would cut them into tiny squares and sew the most AMAZING quilts! Silly!

  12. Judith says:

    Oh please oh please oh please. I’ve been agonizing over online fabric purchases for the last few days and this would really help in the coordination department. I have no problem picking a print but how to pick to fabrics to match!

  13. I’m always on the lookout for good solid cotton fabrics! Sorry about the crazy power outages, I seem to have escaped them this time around.

  14. OOOOOOOOOH! How exciting! I would love to have these as an independent fabric designer!!!

  15. Lesly says:

    Wonderful giveaway! Truly useful in all kinds of planning!

  16. Cameron H says:

    Wow, what a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  17. Melissa K says:

    Oh, how wonderful! Owning one of these would be so helpful!

  18. Marcia says:

    Yes,yes, and yes!

  19. Amy R says:

    Wow, what a fabulous resource to have! Thanks for offering it up!

  20. Marianne says:

    the cards are absolutely fantastic!

  21. Agnes says:

    Whoa, I can totally use something like that! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  22. Kim says:

    They definitely need to sell ‘em retail! Don’t know what I would do without my Kona one. I’d love to win one! Please please pleeeeeeeeease :) fingers crossed.

  23. Penelope Lewis says:

    What a great score it would be to have the color card!

  24. Safieh says:

    Oooh, I would love to win this!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  25. Jodi says:

    I love all those little colorful squares!

  26. Paula says:

    I love solids and sample cards! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  27. Kathryn says:

    WOW this is amazing! You are too sweet to give it away!

  28. MJ Mayer says:

    Fun giveaway!! I’m not sure if my kids or me would love these more? :)

  29. Kim says:

    I love how bright and cheery the colors are! I would love to have the cards!

  30. Jan says:

    I rarely throw my hat in the ring for giveaways, but this one is irresistible! What a wonderful help this would be when planning projects.
    And please, add my name to any group/list to implore Free Spirit to produce these for retail sale!

  31. Kristen says:

    A wonderful way to match the basics to the well loved fabric lines! I would love to agonize less about matching colors online!

  32. Mitzi Ann says:

    I can’t believe they don’t sell these retail. Madness! Thanks for sharing both of them. Very sweet of you!

  33. Judy says:

    Great help for planning !

  34. Barbara says:

    sample cards are worth their weight in pure gold – awesome give-away – thanks for the chance

  35. Raquel says:

    Wow, love it! Beautiful colors!

  36. Christy says:

    Wow! That’s a fantastic and very helpful give away. Love your blog, by the way. :)

  37. oh wow, what an exciting give away! thank you for sharing! my fingers are crossed!

  38. DianeY says:

    Well I’d love to win one, but I think FS may be missing the boat if they don’t put it out for sale! Since I never win, I would defiinitely buy one!

  39. Angel says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! These would be so helpful.

  40. Tina says:

    Me please!!! I love my solids!

  41. Kelly says:

    Oh, those cards are fabulous. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  42. caitley says:

    They are all so beautiful! Love these colours and what a great way to see whats current this year! Thanks for sharing them!

  43. Sonia says:

    I love solids so much! Thanks for this giveway!

  44. Sharon T. says:

    Those are great! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  45. Sally says:

    Oh, I just love this type of thing. Especially when working on quilts and trying to decide on a solid color that works well. What a great giveaway.

  46. Chris says:

    What a thing of beauty! I would put them up and just gaze at all the colors. Thank you for the chance to win.

  47. sarah says:

    ooh, sample cards! I would love them. I hope they agree with you and make them available, I hate choosing colors online without swatches.

  48. Kd quilts says:

    Ohhhh…I would love to have one!! What a great giveaway!!

  49. Andrea says:

    What a fantastically useful thing! I would love to have the opportunity to win this :)