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. Tammia says:

    Ooooh Sherbet Pips–yes to #1!! Thanks.

  2. Nikki says:

    oh my……#2, because it matches one of most favorite scrapbook paper lines, and we just got two yellow lab puppies who my girls are currently in love with. Fun times for crafting!

  3. No. 5 looks like it’s right up my alley! I love True Up. Youu do an absolutely wonderful job.

  4. Amy says:

    #1 has both lines that are on my wish list! So awesome!!!

  5. Rachel Johnson says:

    #6 I love quilting
    Smilin’ in Idaho

  6. Munaiba says:

    What a great give-away and happy 3rd birthday. I would like No:6 if I win please.

  7. carmen says:

    I love #4 Sweet Divinty. Love those colors! Congrats!

  8. Aniza says:


    I love #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs

  9. Marla says:

    Congrats on your site. Nice giveaway. I like #2: Layer Cakes of Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey, Chrysalis by Sanae, and Lily & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs. Thanks.

  10. Inge says:

    loving #2…

  11. Vidya says:

    Happy Birthday :) and thanks for the great giveaway. #4 for me if I win please. It looks adorably divine.

  12. Cristina says:

    Congratulations! I love your website. What a great resource!
    I would love to win #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs
    Thank you so much for the giveaway

  13. Anne says:

    Oooh.. they are all so gorgeous, but I vote for #4, the Riley Blake fabric. thanks

  14. jennifer says:

    So many tempting choices! I would go for #5 – Piece O’ Cake, Daisies & Dots and Treasures and Tidbits. Thanks!

  15. Peter Piche says:

    Thanks for being a resource for so many of us. I would love to win #5 package from Piece ‘o cake.

  16. Crafty G says:

    My favorite is #2. Happy anniversary!

  17. hillwards says:

    Happy Birthday. Some amazing collections there, hard to pick one, but it would have to be… #4 Sweet Divinity for Riley Blake. So pretty!

  18. Michelle says:

    Congrats on three year. I hope you keep this up for many more years. I have certainly enjoyed your blog.
    I would love to have a chance to win stack #3.

  19. rachel says:

    Ooooh, #1

  20. Happy 3rd Birthday!!! Such a tough decision, but I think I’d have to pick #4. I just love aqua and red together!

  21. Ann says:

    What a great roundup of prizes! I love #1.

  22. monda says:

    Your blog is fab – it’s a daily eye candy for me.
    I’d love Number 1 – The sherbet pips are just such a winner in my book.

  23. Suzy Roberts says:

    I love #2 the most!

  24. Anja says:

    Happy birthday – I especially appreciate your posts about fabric history and designers e.g. on Tammis Keefe.
    I’d love Nr. 1 – Sherbet Pips.

  25. Jen W says:

    Love the #3: National Nonwovens Super Sample Pack!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  26. Nikki says:

    Oooooo, #2!! I love Lily & Will II! Happy birthday!

  27. Holly says:

    Happiest of Birthdays. You bring a lot of happiness!
    I’m still wearing my scarf in Chicago, so Sherbet Pips.

  28. Bea Brock says:

    I sure would love that package of non-woven wool felt fat quarter bundles. Please draw my name!

  29. Doris says:

    Would love to receive Modern Workshop by oliver + s. Thanks for your awesome blog.

  30. Robin says:

    Fun! #1 is my choice. Happy blogiversary!

  31. Choosing is the hardest part…all the colors are fantastic. If I had to choose, though, it’d be #5 with all those lovely brights.

  32. krystina says:

    If I win, I’d love # 2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love this blog!

  33. Crissy says:

    WOW! They’re all gorgeous but I’d love love love to win #4 Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs.

    Thanks :) … and Happy 3rd Birthday!

  34. Michelle says:

    Happy birthday!
    It’s so hard to choose… but I’m going to have to go with the felt. It’s hard to source off-line here in Toronto!

  35. Sue Goodin says:

    Happy Birthday.
    They are such wonderful prizes, would it be alright to say surprise me.

  36. #2 – I teach a rotary cutting workshop for layer cakes and these would make some beautiful and contemporary new workshop samples, really showing off the fabrics!

  37. Jerri says:

    I would go for the #6. Thank you and happy birthday!

  38. Robyn Roper says:

    Happy Birthday, I love TrueUp, it’s so inspirational to me; it makes me want to make things! I love them all, but my choice is #4.
    - Robyn

  39. Stacey Leigh Mohr says:

    Thanks for the heads up about how to enter the contest. I love your blog and enjoy all the great pics and information, and wonderful interviews.

    I would so love to have the National Nonwovens Super Sample Pack.  It would be a great learning tool here at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory Costume Shop.  Students can see the difference between the fibers and weights of all the different kinds of felt.

    Thank you for a great blog.  I enjoy reading it every day and I keep a folder of all your old blogs because, along with the photos of fabrics you include, they make great reference materials for teaching students about textiles.

    Stacey Leigh Mohr

    Stacey Leigh Mohr
    Costume Shop Foreperson
    Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH

  40. Diane Greig says:

    My pick:
    2: Layer Cakes of Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey, Chrysalis by Sanae, and Lily & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs
    Thanks for the fun!

    Diane Greig from Minnesota (vintage button collector)

  41. coco says:

    #1 – too lovely!
    Happy Birthday! Extra special since it is the same day as my son – who is now One!

  42. BFromM says:

    Happy Blogaversary! I love your blog. It has caused me to buy a lot of fabric! I like package number 5.

  43. f. says:

    your blog is an aries!! ;) …and really one of my favorite weekly reads. love #1 and #2

  44. Laura W. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to win package number one because I’m drooling over Sherbet Pips, but all of the packages are awesome prizes.

  45. Janie says:

    Just love the little dogs in the Sherber Pips collection – too cute! Happy B-day!

  46. Jeannie Lella says:

    Your site is the most fun I’ve had since I started sewing a very long time ago.
    Wonderful resource for those of us who sew sew sew sew.
    I am into No. 3, great for all the doll shoes I make.

  47. Brandie says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to win #1. Thanks for your inspiring website!

  48. Zofia says:

    Happy 3rd blogiversary! Love reading your site regularly. If I’m lucky enough to win, #2 would be great!

  49. MzTallulah says:

    Congratulations on your third blog birthday, and thank you for keeping it up for so long. I’d like to be put in the drawing for no. 1 please.

  50. Kim says:

    Ooh, I could really use the felts from national Nonwovens.