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. Gill says:

    I would love a shade card! I have to order most of my fabrics online and this would be so useful!!!

  2. Anna JM says:

    Testing my luck for one of these handy sets!

  3. susanne says:

    Oh, I would love to win a color card!

  4. pam says:

    I love your site. It inspires me. Hope i win

  5. Margaret says:

    How generous! Count me in for the giveaway and thank you for all the fabric inspiration.

  6. Paula says:

    I would love to win this, it’s so useful! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Danette says:

    Oh, please let me be lucky this time!!

  8. patricia says:

    I have never had a samples card before. This sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  9. wintu nancy says:

    Thank you for a chance at this and thank you for all the time you spend showing us the fabric that is out there to create with.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Sample cards are so fancy! Probably because they are so expensive. Thank you for allowing one lucky person to feel rich for a day! :)

  11. corinnea says:

    Please convince them to sell them! I live in a place where the LQSs don’t sell solids…..???….How can you live without solids? A color card would make things sooo much easier. I’ve never used the Free Spirit solids because if I can’t at least see them once it is hard for me to go ahead and buy them. Cool give away!

  12. Amy McA says:

    I think I just died and went to heaven!

    I LOVE the sample cards.
    I have a Kona one that I use all the time and I wish more manufacturers made em for sale.

  13. laura says:

    Fabulous collection & very generous of you to offer the set up as a giveaway. Thanks!

  14. We’ll all sign the “please offer a retail version” petition — the more I order fabric online, the more I value color cards! Thanks for the chance at these ones!

  15. Rosemary says:

    There really isn’t a place around here to buy solids. This would be wonderful to have for ordering on-line!

  16. Doris says:

    Wow, a fantastic prize. Have a new pattern in mind using solids – this would really help in the selection process. Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Megan Kay says:

    Awesome, these look fantastic!

  18. yvonne says:

    Thank you for a very generous and FABULOUS giveaway. Such a useful thing to have when designs your quilt.

  19. Sophia Patterson says:

    Since I basically have to order all my fabric online, these cards would be fantastic to have! Thanks for your generosity!

  20. Modern June says:

    Hope you feel better soon!!!

    Thanks for all the fabric love! I would be thrilled to get a hold of those cards.

  21. Deb says:

    Cool sample cards — I find I turn to my kona card way more than I ever thought I would!

    Hope your weather improves…..

  22. Pattie says:

    loves this! Beautiful fabrics + organization = happy seamstress!

  23. kate says:

    those are lovely!

  24. sophie says:

    These are superb, thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Anja says:

    What a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity; I’d love to win.

  26. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Ohhh! I would love to win this Giveaway! I’m kepping my fingers crossed :)
    Have a nice weekend!

  27. Jennyroo says:

    LOVE them!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    What an incredible giveaway! It really is perfect for Internet purchases! Thank you for sharing!

  29. Pam says:

    Oooh! I would love to win these color cards. Thanks!

  30. Monica says:

    oooohhh aaaahhhh A dream come true!

  31. Ann says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win these!!

  32. Angie says:

    Wow! Those cards are great. Good luck to all!

  33. Rose says:

    Count me in! How wonderful to have these for projects :-)

  34. Erin says:

    Love sample cards! horde sample cards. Put my name in the pot.

  35. Chantile says:

    What a great giveaway!! Thanks for a chance! I hope you feel better soon! :)

  36. Tina says:

    First time to your site and love it! These sample cards would be great, makes it so easy to order online.

  37. Sue says:

    They will certainly chase away the winter blahs! But, uh oh! Does that mean I will be compelled to buy even more fabric? Sorry to hear about the crud. My daughter calls her son The Little Germ Factory

  38. Delila Peebles says:

    Love the sample cards. They are so handy to have when trying ot decide what color to use. I would love to be the winner of one of these beauties. Hope you are feeling normal soon!

  39. Ulrike says:

    ooooh, I love color cards. me!me!me!me!me! thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Aimee says:

    The polka dots rule!

  41. Deb says:

    I woul love to win these. I use solids and have found it is difficult to gauge the colors correctly online. Thanks for the chance.

  42. Tracy says:

    I love color cards too! The Kona one is so useful!

  43. Deborah J says:

    Ooooooh, I’m lusting after all those beautiful color possibilities, and I would love, love, love to win this giveaway! Thank you for your generous offer!

  44. Diana says:

    This looks terrific. It is so hard to get color cards and I live in an area where most sewing stores don’t carry extensive collections of solids.

  45. Shelley says:

    Ack! Wish I had this last week! Just received an online order of some solids that are just a teensy bit off. ;) Really appreciate you offering this giveaway!

  46. ashley says:

    ooh, me! I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of these solids cards. I rely so much on my Kona and Moda Bella cards, and I love the new Freespirit colors, so one of these would certainly be a big help!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. TIFFANY says:

    Awesome! I would love it!!

  48. su says:

    Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this sample card. Please count me in. Thanks.

  49. rachel says:

    The only fabric store I have access to is a JoAnn fabrics. I NEED sample cards!