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. Libby says:

    Love the dots!

  2. Mary P says:

    What an awesome giveaway. I find it odd that they don’t offer these for retail sale–I know RJR Solids doesn’t offer their color card either (but I’ve seen it, so I know it exists). It means that I pretty much only use Kona solids because it’s the card I have. I can guarantee that if I had other solid cards I would order from other manufacturers. It seems like a no brainer to me.

  3. Angie says:

    Wow-what an awesome giveaway!

  4. I’d be tempted to frame this and hang it up over my sewing table. It’s just so pretty!

  5. Donna says:

    Wow–I’d love to have some of the Houndstooth and dots!

  6. Alice says:

    Thanks for trying to convince them to sell the cards!!! I’d love to win them here instead, but I’m usually not that lucky! :)

  7. Staci says:

    Wow what a great giveaway. I always tell myself I need more solids but never buy them for some reason. Those dots are awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  8. Amanda says:

    Oh my goodness! Do. Want. What a fantastic giveaway!

  9. Linda says:

    The color card is a a great idea! I find that I’m using solids more so this would be truly helpful. Thanks!

  10. Lynn M says:

    Ooooooo! I love those dots. They’re all lovely, but the dots just picked up my day!

  11. Cherie says:

    Solids are so fun. I’ve just started using them and love them. A color card would be terrific because ordering on-line is always dicey when it come to color matching.

  12. Susan Talbot-Stanaway says:

    Good Golly, Miss Molly! These are absolutely fabulous. It’s been so hard to find real colors in solids. Would love to win some samples.

  13. Karley says:

    Oh please, that would just be sew wonderful :)

  14. Ranelle says:

    Aaaack! Would LOVE to have these. : )
    I’m a solid junkie.

  15. DeAnna says:

    Love the houndstooth pattern! I agree they should sell these sample books.

  16. Jansie says:

    Holy cow!! What an awesome give away!! I cannot believe that they will not have these for retail. That makes no sense to me. Please try to convince them. Especially if I don’t win. ;)

  17. Stine says:

    Wow, the colors look so vivid! I’ve never used Free Spirit solids before, but I’d love to give them a try.

  18. phyllis f says:


  19. evieandme says:

    Only yesterday I was trying to co-ordinate solids from website photos and hoping I had got it right. I would LOVE to get my hands on these cards – what a treat!

  20. Phoebe says:

    Me please! Gracias.

  21. amy says:

    Wow. What an awesome thing to win (possibly).

  22. Licet says:

    Fabulous!Pick me!!!

  23. Linda says:


  24. Jenny G. says:

    They really should sell these- they are so usefully, and cute craft room decorations in their own right! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Beth says:

    I would love to own these cards. I really hope that you will be able to convince the company that they should be available.

  26. Chandra says:


  27. Shannon says:

    OH! How FABULOUS would this be!!! I would LOVE to have this as a reference!

  28. Colleen says:

    Wowsie! Those are lovelies and practical too!

  29. Holy moly, thanks for sharing Kim! I love a lot of these basics, especially the houndstooth basics, so fun!

  30. Chris C. says:

    Oooh, awesome. I don’t understand why they don’t offer these for sale! Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Margaret says:

    Wow, thanks for the chance to win. Keep warm!

  32. Amy says:

    I’m pretty new to your blog and I’m so thankful I’ve found it! I would love to be a winner! Out of curiosity, is it possible to purchase sample cards?

  33. Cindi Gay says:

    Wow, I’d love to win a set of these. Please include me in the running. Great blog. Love seeing the fabric and designs.

  34. Joy says:

    How kind of you!!! Thanks for the chance!

  35. Robyn Dixon says:

    As I do just about all my fabric purchasing online, how handy would having samples in front of me be. Please persevere trying to convince the manufacturers to sell these sample cards retail – there would be a huge market for them.

  36. Michelle kitto says:

    Oh! Cool!!!I would love to win one of these cards! And I can’t wait toownsome of these new fabrics!

  37. Christie says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter!

  38. Barb Colvin says:

    Kim! This is one of the most awesome giveaways I’ve ever seen ;D Making the sample cards for basics available retail is a great idea. I believe they would sell well and help increase basics sales!

  39. Munaiba says:

    Gosh I’d really like to win this. I didn’t realize Freespirits did solids. What a great sample card. Thanks for the chance to win.

  40. Bronwyn says:

    I love a solid that has a print – they need their own name! So many to choose from – why don’t they see that people must be buying more Kona cotton, by being able to use their colour card – colour cards for everyone I cheer!

  41. Miranda says:

    Ooh! Ooh! I want! I want! (especially the dots!)

  42. Amber says:

    So cool!

  43. Beth says:

    I hear the FS solids have a lovely hand! I haven’t tried them yet!

  44. Tong says:

    love the polka dots!!

  45. Kate says:

    Those are beautiful. So nice to have on hand for color matching. Please encourage retail sale of these beauties!

  46. Marg says:

    These look lovely and would be very useful with making quilts and buying on line :-)

  47. Nancy says:

    Sample cards are so great – very useful!

  48. Chloe R. says:

    What a great reference. It’s also great that it’s not just limited to solids but includes houdstooth, twine, etc. Hopefully, one day it will be available in retail.

  49. Cindy says:

    These would be so handy to have. They really need to offer them retail!

  50. Liz says:

    Awesome! I bought a Kona Cotton swatch book last year and it’s one of my most valuable tools. I just love the houndstooth. And it would be great for a little color, since I haven’t seen the sun in weeks.