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. carol says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to see these in person.

  2. rona says:

    What beautiful colors! They should definitely sell these!

  3. Jen B says:

    Oh, my! Those are gorgeous!! I think we need to inundate Free Spirit with requests for the cards, because I *need* this!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Are you kidding me! Out of all the giveaways out there, I think this one is perfect! Who couldn’t use this?!

    Stay safe in your crazy weather!

  5. Sam says:

    I love these! I need these! Ok, need might be subjective, but really. These are completely awesome.

  6. Robin D. says:

    I’d LOVE to win one of these sample cards! I’ve been thinking about ordering the Freespirit solids but I don’t know how the colors compare to Kona cottons… they really should sell these cards too!

  7. Patty says:

    Oh I would love to have a card set. I usually order fabric over the internet and those samples would be super handy.

  8. shannon says:

    aaaahhh…fabric candy! :)

  9. Amanda says:

    I too frequently order fabric on the internet. Hard to know if colors are true to pictures or not.

  10. Ari says:

    The number one tool for the quilter. The must have. Will take the guess work out of purchasing and matching solids to prints.

  11. Sophia DeLonghi says:

    Love your site and would love to have this great resource to know what fabric colors to order when making quilts and projects.

  12. Cindy A says:

    I love sample cards, they make it so much easier to find the right color.

  13. Em says:

    They should definitely offer these for retail!! What a great tool to have.

  14. Heather says:

    I have SO wanted one of these colour cards! What a great giveaway and thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Erin says:

    Are these available for sale? With fabric being so tricky to buy on-line, they really should. Hope I win!

  16. Aniza says:

    wow! fabulous sample card and a give away too!

  17. Audrey says:

    I’m desperate for color cards! I have some tops that need borders and I’m having a hard time getting colors that will work. Maybe next Thursday will be my lucky day!

  18. Angelina S. says:

    Wow! I hope I win something. My birthday is the 14th & this would make a great present!! Thanks for the chance. :-)


  19. Marcia W. says:

    On! rng please pick me – absolutely gorgeous

  20. Shannon S says:

    Oh. My. Gosh! I love these! Not having real colors to compare is one of my biggest hindrances to buying more solids (since brick & mortars rarely carry more than a few shades of any given color, I never know if it will be the right one if I need to get it online).

  21. sewkatiedid says:

    would love to see these.

  22. Shannon says:

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! A definite assest to any craft room! Had no idea about the houndstooth fabric they had…I’m already trying to think of an excuse to add some to my stash!:)

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  24. Sherrie says:

    You are very generous to not keep one for yourself!! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  25. mo says:

    Oh, how I would love to win this lovely giveaway!

  26. angela d. says:

    Oh wow! That would be awesome to have. I love to use solids and it would be great to be able to match my patterned fabrics perfectly. Thanks SOOOO much for the opportunity.

  27. kirsten says:

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooh! so pretty. i always love having color swatches to plan things with, and i would be so happy to get the polka dots too

  28. Holly says:

    WOw, thanks for the chance to enter! =)

  29. Ramona says:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL! I want this sooooo badly!

  30. Eileen says:

    Love the fabrics. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  31. nadila says:

    I need this…what a great giveaway!

  32. Jenni says:

    What could be better than four “snow” days? Not much, but winning these cards would definitely be at the top of the short list!!

  33. Holly says:

    This would be a fantastic item to win! Thank for sharing so nicely… ;)

  34. Belinda says:

    Hope you are successful at convincing them to sell these! Great giveaway item!

  35. Jenn says:

    This would be great to have! Thanks for the chance!

  36. Kari says:

    Freespirit should definitely sell those swatch cards. I hope you and your readers (including me!) can convince them to reconsider.

  37. Vanessa says:

    Nice! This would be a great help for online purchases!

  38. floribunda says:

    love it, love it! I sure hope you pick my number…

  39. sarah says:

    omg, totally need this. i really wish these were available to buy…

  40. Stephanie says:

    These sure would come in handy!

  41. Kathleen says:

    I was asking around to try to find out if they made these for retail purchase! I love Freespirit fabrics the most of any manufacturer.

  42. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Goodness you’re generous! Totally love Free Spirit and I’m excited to check these out in person!

  43. Oh my goodness, how I’d love to get my mitts on these! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  44. Pat Anderson says:

    I have been drooling over the Free Spirit solids and would love to win one of these. My stash is sadly lacking in solids and these colors look wonderful! Thanks for being so generous!

  45. Oh! a Sample card would be so handy. I’m a bit fan of swatch cards and regularly use the ones I have for shopping and helping friends match fabrics. I could really use a FreeSpirit Designer Solid card!


  46. Melissa says:

    Oh I could most definitely use these colour cards! Glad more high quality solids are coming on the market.

  47. Terri R says:

    Why, oh why don’t manufacturers make these available for retail purchase? I guarantee that if I knew what I was actually getting when ordering, say, “Everglade,” I would increase my online purchases tenfold! Why all the mystery? They are missing out on A LOT of our business! Thank you so, so much for sharing these with a lucky reader!

  48. Linda says:

    How cool! I would love to be able to pick and choose among the basics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Cathy T. says:

    Wow, these would be so useful. I haven’t used solids for a long time, but just recently have wanted to add those little pops of accent color & a place for the eye to rest from all the patterns. Of the solids I’ve ordered (not available local to me) more often than not they were just not what I had hoped for. I would love to have cards like this to audition with my other fabrics before ordering. Love it!