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. Happy Blog Birthday! I’m guessing I must have found your blog not long after you started – I’ve been reading for at least a couple of years, probably more. You help keep me up with what’s going on in fabric! Thanks for being so informative and having a wonderful website. As for the giveaway, it’s so hard to choose which I would like best – they are all great prizes. I like #1, with #2 a close second. Thanks much and best wishes!

  2. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Happy happy birthday! I remember when your blog first started, lol – can’t believe it’s been three years already!
    You’ve got some awesome prizes there, but I would have to go with #6. I’m a sucker for some cotton lawn :)

  3. Taylor says:

    I absolutely love your site, and thanks for introducing me to so many beautiful fabrics! I love both #1 and 2. Happy birthday!

  4. julie soden says:

    Have been a reader of TRUEUP for some time. Love your posts. I really like Piece O Cake desins and would love to win that package!

  5. duff says:

    thanks for being my “go to” site for all the new fabrics and weekend sales! I would love to win prize package 1! I’m just lovin’ those layercakes right now aand both of these lines have a POP of red!! yummy!
    ~♥~ Duff

  6. nora says:

    I like the timeless treasures #1. A close #2 is sherbet pips.

  7. Becky K says:

    Number four would be quite a score! Happy Anniversary!

    #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.

  8. annelies says:

    #5 is so beatifull. Can’t wait to see more…
    Happy anniversary! Have a toast on the upcoming 3 years.

  9. Mel C. says:

    I would LOVE package #1, but would be over the moon with winning any of them! Thanks for three great years!

  10. Jill Williams says:

    First of all congratulations on 3 years.I only discovered you late last year,while
    searching for Liberty prints.I enjoy all your news.
    Second, If I am lucky enough to get picked I would like pack 4 as I love the colours
    & patterns.

    Thanks again for your emails & I do read them all

  11. Kimn Neilson says:

    Oooo, I’d like #6–so beautiful. I found your site when I was looking at the website for the vintage fabric store Urban Burp–which I found by reading Erin’s Dressaday site. Thank you for your beautiful website. Kimn

  12. Virginia says:

    Congratulation’s, well done. I’ve enjoyed True Up from the beginning. Speaking of fabric I’ve learned a great deal and enjoyed your posts, so the perfect choice for me is Timeless Treasures Clementine, the beautiful cotton lawn.
    Best Regards,

  13. how funny that we share the same anniversary (though my blog just turned 1). Congrats on the awesome milestone (and building an amazing blog)! If chosen, I’d totally go bananas for the piece o cake charm packs. I’ve got a “thing” for charm packs lately… Something about little bright bits of fabric goodness… : )

  14. Maryam Y says:

    I would love the two layer cakes of Darling Clementine Cotton Lawn from Timeless Treasures. I’ve been eying the fabric online for a while and would love to be able to feel it in person.

  15. Irene says:

    Your blog is my favorite and it’s first on my homepage. I really appreciate all the wonderful info you provide us. I love the detailed reporting you do
    when you go to market.
    I really like the #4 fat quarter pack.
    Thanks for your great blog.

  16. Colleen says:

    Congratulations! This is such a great site and I visit often to drool over new fabric. My choice? They are all lovely but I love the quilt to be made from # 6. .

  17. Angie says:

    Happy B-day! Wow-what a super awesome giveaway! It’s gotta be #1 for me. Love Sherbert Pips!

  18. Jeannette says:

    Thanks for keeping me uptodate on all the new fabrics, and Happy BDay! I’d really like to win the #2 collection. Thanks!

  19. Kathy says:

    Happy Birthday! I love #4 and #1 the best. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  20. Jeanne says:

    Happy 3rd anniversary! Your site has been such an inspiration! I have my eye on package #1!

  21. Fiona says:

    Happy blogging anniversary! Tough call, but #2 wins for me. I think it is the little goldfish in the bowl that swung it for me!

  22. Liane says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for all of the great info you share on your blog. I would love the Riley Blake bundle #4.

  23. Harriet says:

    Congratulations! Love reading your blog. I love #4, so pretty.

  24. patty says:

    Wow! They are all so inspiring!!! Congrats and many more years to come – I really enjoy your blog!

  25. Kathleen says:

    I think I’d have to go with the felt! My girls are always enlisting me to make them new felt cuteness. That and I already have a charm pack of the Sherbet Pips!

  26. Kerry says:

    Congrats on 3 – I’m looking forward to 4!

    I would coincidentally want package #3 if I was to choose just one. You’re giving away some really fantastic stuff.

  27. Brittany says:

    That Sherbet Pips is calling my name!!! I want, I want!

  28. Heather says:

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your anniversary with your fans! All of these prizes are fabulous. If I had to choose just one, though, I think it would be the Darling Clementine cotton lawns. I’ve never sewn with such fabric but I’m sure I would love the feel of it.

  29. Julia says:

    I have my eye on #3 — I would love to work with felt! But any of them would be fun to create with!

  30. Lexi Lucas says:

    Ooooo I’d love the Sherbet Pips and Modern Workshop layer cakes. They are totally gorgeous. Thanks for always providing such great information. I am an avid follower of True Up!

  31. Jaime says:

    Happy birthday! What an amazing resource!!!!!! I think I shall throw my hat in for #6. Crossing my grubby fingers!

  32. Sarah says:

    oh number 6 is just luscious

  33. Jennifer says:

    I would love the sherbet pips!!! Happy Birthday!!!!

  34. laura says:

    Oh, who could choose? If I must…#1 please. Thanks for your generosity of both spirit, knowledge and giveaways!

  35. Yza says:

    Wow your blog it’s so beautiful!! My favorite bundle is #5. Happy 3 years!!!

  36. Laura Dro says:

    Happy Birthday True Up! I myself have my own blog and aspire to someday be as successful as you have been. You are truly an inspiration!!!

  37. funda62 says:

    Thanks for the great blog and offer. I would love to have package #2 because I would make a patchwork skirt with Layer Cakes of Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey and throw pillows with Chrysalis by Sanae because it matches my living room colors and a wall quilt with the Lily and Will.

  38. Jolene says:

    I always love checking out your blog for the latest in the fabric world. My first choice would be #2. Max and Whiskers is my favorite, but I love the other two as well.

  39. Angela says:

    Treasures and Tidbits!!!!!!! Thank you for the giveaway.

  40. Chelsea says:

    congratulations on the 3 years! I can’t believe it’s been that long. I’d love to win the sweet divinity bundle.

  41. Kara says:

    Congrats! #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs: is my favorite. :)

  42. meg99 says:

    Happy anniversary!
    I would choose #5,both line is cute!

  43. Nancy says:

    Darling Clementine!! I could make darling blankets for my two tiny granddaughters.
    or clothes for them. or both. Thanks and congrats!

  44. Vera says:

    I love them all, but #5 is so fun and speaks summer to me- would make a fun baby quilt for a summer arrival

  45. Barbara says:

    I’ve been reading your blog from the very beginning – can’t believe it’s 3 years already. Thanks for the great giveaway. I like #4-Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs the best.

  46. corentine says:

    happy birthday ! this is great ! I love package #4 from Riley Blake, one of my top designers ever

  47. Randi says:

    Number 5 please! Happy Birthday!

  48. i’d like to win #1 but would also be happy with #5

    happy blog birthday!

  49. Kat says:

    I would love # 4 Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity