True Up is 3! (Presents for You!)

Three years ago today, I published my first post on True Up. The site has grown by leaps and bounds since then, the fabric industry has changed dramatically, and amazingly I haven’t run out of topics yet — not by a longshot! It is definitely a challenge to post daily M-F (and to hold myself to at least two posts a day) but having done it for this long, I know that even though there are days where I feel like it’s a chore, it never takes long for the inspiration and drive to return.

I just wanted to thank you all for sticking with me, and of course to the fabulous sponsors past and present who have made it all possible.

There is a lot to look forward to in the next year, and I can’t wait to tell you about it all. But in the meanwhile, I wanted to thank all you readers with a big giveaway! I have been holding on to a bunch of fabrics from Fall Quilt Market and have never gotten around to giving them away. For your chance to win, just tell me in the comments which prize package you’d most like to win.

#1: Layer Cakes of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey and Modern Workshop by oliver + s: This package represents the modern side of Moda. These two much-anticipated collections are just now out in stores, and I expect this package will be hotly contested!


#2: Layer Cakes of Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey, Chrysalis by Sanae, and Lily & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs:: I’d say this represents the softer-yet-still-modern side of Moda. Oh, wondering what Layer Cakes are? They’re packs of 10×10″ squares, usually containing all the prints from a single collection (most of these have doubles of several of the prints). And they each sell for $30-40 retail in the U.S.!


#3: National Nonwovens Super Sample Pack: I love National Nonwovens — they were founded in 1905 and continue to operate in the U.S. (which is rare for textile mills these days). They supplied felt to the army in WW1 and to poodle-skirt makers in the 50s. This pile represents pretty much all their different kinds of felt — 100% wool, wool/rayon blend, bamboo, and high-quality acrylic — in all their newest colors. Pieces range from fat quarters to charm squares to smaller samples.


#4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs: Amanda Herring’s first collection for Riley Blake! It comes with a pack of cute crocheted flower appliques, part of Riley Blake’s Sew Together line of trims and embellishments that coordinate with their fabric collections.


#5: Three charm packs of Piece O’ Cake Designs‘ fabrics for Robert Kaufman: Two of Daisies & Dots and one of their not-yet-released Summer 2011 collection, Treasures and Tidbits. (I took the photo thinking Treasures & Tidbits was not even in the sneak peek stage yet, but you can see it all here.)


#6: Two layer cakes of Darling Clementine Cotton Lawn from Timeless Treasures: I love this collection, and two packs (each containing 17 10×10″ squares) should be enough to make a quilt like the one in this post (sooooo soft!).

HUGE thanks to all the companies who donated these fabrics, and thanks again to you for reading, commenting, and contributing over the years! Again, just let me know the ONE package you’d most like to win, and I’ll use my fancy random winner-drawing WordPress plugin to keep drawing names until all the packages are spoken for. I’ll keep the giveaway open till next Friday, April 22 (noonish Central), and yes, this is open to readers worldwide.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Great prizes. i would love to win (1) or (2) but any of these would be great. Thanks!

  2. Thomas says:

    Gotta admit I’d love me some Pips and MW…

    Happy birthday!!!


  3. I would love to win Pkg #1. Congrats on 3 years and thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Happy Bloggie Birthday! I like the second package with the kitty cat fabric although I love the first set of fabrics too.

  5. Sourkraut says:

    Great giveaway! My top choice would be the Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity.

  6. Valerie says:

    Love, love, love 2 and 4! With a new baby niece on the way, I would love the chance to use either of these. Thanks!

  7. Marisa says:

    I would love some cotton lawn a la #6!

  8. Lisa says:

    Tough to choose only one! I think I pick #4 though, I’ve just recently discovered how much I like these colors together. :)

  9. Joni says:

    I would throw my own mother off a bridge for that Riley Blake pack.

  10. Lexie says:

    Happy Birthday! What a great giveaway. All are quite appealing, but my favorite is #4!

  11. Happy blogiversary!! I would love to win package #1! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  12. Ariane says:

    I’m torn between #1 and #2! Thanks for doing the giveaway and please keep doing a great job with the blog. :)

  13. ~Michelle~ says:

    I won’t resort to violence (lol), but I would love to get my hands on some Pips or that lovely…err, Darling Clementine Cotton Lawn!

  14. Stacy says:

    Congratulations on your blog-o-versary! It’s a tough call picking the prized I’d like to win, they’re all fabulous so I guess I’ll have to go with the felt… something I have very little of (especially quality felt) in my stash.

  15. Mary says:

    I’m a fairly recent follower of your blog but I have found it fantastic, inspiring and wonderful to read, not sure I’ve got time to trawl back through 3 yrs worth but I often search and read old articles relevant to my current project/obsession! I would love to win the bundle of Sweet Divinity FQ’s, I don’t think there is a Riley Blake range that I don’t love!
    thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Emily says:

    Thanks for all you do – and Happy Blogiversary! All these prizes are wonderful, but I’m especially lovin #6!

  17. mjb says:

    I’d go for #2!

  18. Jenny says:

    i think every prize is lovely … but i would choose the piece o cake fabrics to gift them to a sweet friend of mine who loves these designers!!
    happy blogiversary…i love your blog.

  19. Lauren says:

    Wow—amazing giveaway! I would most want to win the Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish.

  20. Angel Funk says:

    Oh my, do I have to choose? First I’d say the Oliver and S/Sherbert Pips. Second the felt. Third the Darling Clementine. But I wouldn’t turn down any of them!

  21. Julie says:

    Congratulations on 3 years! I love the first gift (Layer Cakes of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey and Modern Workshop by oliver + s). But it is also great to see your giveaway from National Nonwovens, which is in the town where I live. How cool! Thanks. Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. Lesly says:

    How on earth to pick? I think I would have to go with the Clementine lawn, but it is a very hard choice – the truth is that they are all just scrumptious and I am feeling covetous of each option. So go ahead and surprise me!

  23. Danielle says:

    Happy Birthday! All the packages are lovely but package #4 is so darling. Girly yet modern.

  24. Chris says:

    You’re going to make me pick?!?! Goodness, I guess it would be a tie between one and two, with the felt coming close in third. I am so happy to have found your blog, via Made by Rae. It’s full of great info for those of us with fabric addiction. :)

  25. Candace says:

    oh they are all so wonderful. I love package #1 with the oliver + s Modern Workshop.
    Happy Birthday True Up!

  26. Emily says:

    Ooh, those Modern Moda (Sherbert Pips and Modern Workshop) precuts are calling my name! I love both of those collections so much!

  27. Jodi says:

    I’d love package #4! Perfect to make stuff for my good friend having a baby girl in August!

  28. DianeY says:

    I think I’d like either the Sweet Divinity bundle or the Kaufman charm packs. Not that I don’t love #1-I just already have enough!

  29. Erin Waters says:

    Congratulations on three years. I just found your blog about three months ago, but I love it & look forward to reading it each day. I feel like I felt someone “gets” my love of fabric! I’d love to win prize #4. Thanks so much

  30. Eleanor says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I’d love the felt bundle, prize #3! My best friend is a felt fiend, and this would be such a fun way to surprise her with goodies to try out.

  31. monica says:

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing and enabling! I would like to win the giveaway #1 please. Thanks!!

  32. christina says:

    Oh, you had me at wool felt — I’m in for the National Nonwovens stack of goodness.
    Happy Birthday, True Up!

  33. Marianne says:

    Happy Anniversary! I am so grateful to you for keeping us up to date with the happenings in the fabric world. Here in Europe we have a long wait sometimes before we see some of the fabrics and some we cannot get at all but following your blog gives us the chance to enquire at our LQS and now and then it pays off! thank you very much.
    All of these give-away packets are so beautiful but the greatest challenge for me would be to use # 5 so that is what I would choose if I got the chance. Thank you to your sponsors for celebrating you in style and give us a chance to win!

  34. Fiona says:

    Happy 3rd birthday, congratulations on managing to post 5 days a week for 3 years! That is one hell of an achievement. Love the blog, such a great source of fabric news.

    I would love no. 2 – The Moda Layer Cakes, I love the look of the Max and Whiskers one.

  35. Wendy says:

    Tough choice, but I’m liking #2!

  36. Liz says:

    First of all, I really appreciate your blog and all of the great fabrics you bring to our attention!

    I LOVE Sherbet Pips but was fortunate to buy a whole bunch online on the first day it was released, otherwise that would have been my first choice.

    I would love to win Max & Whiskers or the felt. Thanks so much for this chance to win some fabulous items.

  37. Rae says:

    I would love #2. I’ve been eyeing all 3 of those collections.

    #4 is close behind because it’d make a great quilt for my niece.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Jennifer O. says:

    Thank you for all you do, and what an amazing giveaway. It’s hard to choose, but I’d go with #4.

  39. Barbara says:

    #5: Three charm packs of Piece O’ Cake Designs‘ fabrics for Robert Kaufman:

    Fact of Note: I order no fabric until I receive your Friday posting – then I have fun, making the most of my dollar – thank you for this great place

  40. Marcia says:

    Modern Moda is my favorite! Happy B’day.

  41. Vicki says:

    I’d love to win the Riley Blake FQs!

  42. Carmen says:

    I absolutely cannot believe it’s been three years. Congratulations! I think even when I discovered True Up, what, nearly two years ago?, I didn’t know it was such a young site. Here’s to many more years, Kim!

    (Ohhh, and Sherbet Pips, please!)

  43. Oh my goodness! We can’t pick them all?? They are all super awesome. I think I’ll have to go for the Darling Clementine Cotton Lawn set. That isn’t something that I would normally buy, but it looks gorgeous. I love all these new designs coming out in different fabrics like lawn. Makes things so much more interesting!

  44. Angelina S. says:

    Congratulations on three years! I would be most pleased with prize pack one. I love the Pips! (I would also be very pleased with two or three.) :-D

  45. Karen says:

    Would love the Sweet Divinity pack. Congrats on “turning” 3 and thanks for the giveaway!!!

  46. Mel says:

    I would love the Robert Kaufman package, #5. Congratulations on 3 years, it’s a great blog.

  47. Congrats! I love your site, and look forward to more years reading your fun posts! I would love #3.

  48. Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt says:

    I would like #2 best of all. However, fabric is fabric and always fun to play with. :)

  49. Pattie says:

    all the fabrics are beautiful….. but I definitely love the bright colors in #1!

  50. Mary Smith says:

    My choice would be #2: Layer Cakes of Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey, Chrysalis by Sanae, and Lily & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs. Awesome!