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. kat says:

    oh! would be thrilled with sherbert pips!!! wow!!!

  2. viquena says:

    Sheesh, three years old? Way to go!
    The sherbert pips package looks totally wonderful, and a close second would be the National Nonwovens package–I’d never heard of them before, but it sounds great.

  3. Margaret says:

    Happy 3rd! What a great site and resource for all lovers of fabric.

    #6, Clementine Lawns. I love lawn but can’t afford a shirt out of it, let alone a quilt. To win this would be awesome. Thanks!

  4. Katrina H says:

    I would love to win #2~ I don’t have any fabric by any of these designers. They look like such fun!

  5. June says:

    I would love the chance to win #6 … the lawns. Thank you. And thanks for the great website

  6. Happy Birthday! Congratulations, and here’s to many more…

    I like set 2!

  7. karen says:

    I think I’d like #5 the best! Congrats!

  8. Erica says:

    Love, love, love #1. I have been eagerly awaiting those fabrics for a while.

  9. Bridget says:

    Happy third birthday! I would be so excited if I won number 1!

  10. Julie R says:

    Happiest of birthdays!! I’d love #2!

  11. Robyn says:

    #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity

    It is calling my name!

  12. Elaine C says:

    I would love to win #6: Two layer cakes of Darling Clementine Cotton Lawn from Timeless Treasures. But any of these fabric choices would be incredible to win! I’ve never quilted with cotton lawn and would love to make a summertime quilt out of cotton lawn fabric! Happy Birthday and thanks for a the awesome contest

  13. Christina says:

    happy bday!! #2 if you pick me please! I enjoy your blog – you sure get a lot done!

  14. Clare says:

    Happy Birthay! I love your blog – such a service to fabric lovers :) And I love prize no. 2

  15. I’m all about pack #3 to celebrate your third birthday. I think working with felt could push me in a fun direction and I’ve got some Japanese felt patterns that I’m itching to try.

    Thank you for three great years.

  16. helen wright says:

    How am i ment to choose……. They are all loverly (i need i bib when looking at such things!) #1 is my fav but #4 comes a close second! Finger crossed!

  17. Kellie says:

    Thank you for 3 years of super information (although my bank balance isn’t quite so fond of you!).

    I would love #2 :o )

  18. Diana says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve enjoyed learning all about fabric from your posts. Hope I’ll be the lucky winner of package #1. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Vanessa says:

    I really loved package #6, the cotton lawns! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  20. Melissa says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I’m drooling over all the fabrics! If I won (fingers crossed- please please PLEASE!) I’d choose pack #6. Thanks for the chance!

  21. Lace hearts says:

    congratulations on three years! I’d love to win #2 – Max and Whiskers especially really appeals to me. What a fabulous giveaway competition. thank you for the chance to win one!

  22. tracy a. says:

    Yay! I’ve only been following you for a few months…now I wish I’d found you 3 years ago (:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary & thanks for the great giveaway!

    If I won, my pick would be #1

  23. Anna says:

    I reallylike the Kaufmann. bright design………they arefabulous……

  24. Holly H. says:

    ah, the wool felt colors are sensational! that would be my choice.

    I just purchased RILEY BLAKE’S HAPPY series, at my local store.
    Happily, I broke my vow of no-more-new fabric for this year! hahaha
    I recently sent 6 quilts to Japan, so I no longer have ‘reserved’ gifts
    for friends & families, so I need to cut & piece together again, happy day,

    happy springtime and best wishes for more years with your BLOG,
    Holly H.
    PS Pieces ‘o Cake fabric is such a burst of summer flowers, happy to see that team really producing great fabric patterns/colors.

  25. rachelmp says:

    Congratulations on three years! I would love to pick # 4, the quilted fish designs for Riley Blake. Thanks for the chance to inspire and to win

  26. Suzie says:

    Wow what a giveaway – thank you and congratulations on turning 3! Too many fabulous choices. I think I would love to win #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs.

  27. Lyn says:

    Happy 3rd Birthday!
    I would like number 1 pack please :) . Thanks.

  28. Sandra says:

    Happy Birthday …

    I´d like number 2. Your blog is great.

    greetings from Germany

  29. Toni Coward says:

    riley blake from quilted fish for me please!
    love the blog :)

  30. Debbie Samuelson says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Congrats for all your accomplishments :) I would love to win the Piece o Cake Designs charm packs, that red just screams to me! And thanks!

  31. Su Chin says:

    Congratulations on being 3!!!!

    Would really love #2..thanks so much! x

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Happy blogiversary to you! I have been loving True Up and think I should be sending YOU a present. But If I am lucky enough to have my name come up, I would most want the felt, #3. Thanks for all you do.

  33. Chris says:

    Happy Anniversary! Sweet Divinity would fit perfectly in a new quilt for my daughter!

  34. Liz says:

    #2 Please :)
    Your site is wonderful! Happy Birthday!

  35. Lisa Ford says:

    I just found you today-happy 3rd birthday! I like #5-Thank-you!

  36. Laurie says:

    I like #5. And what do people do with felt?

  37. bprinz says:

    Happy Birthday and thank you so much for blogging! :)
    I would love Sherbet Pips or Modern Workshop – just in case your fancy random winner-drawing picks me …

  38. Amy says:

    Well this is a tough decision. I’m going to forgo choosing 1 and instead choose National Nonwovens. I just love working with felt and my little girl can easily work with it too. Perfect. Congratulations on your blogbirthday. I’ve been reading it from day 1!

  39. June says:

    Love love love your site (happy anniversary). In the spirit of threes, I would love #3 felt collection. Gorgeous!

  40. Wow, congrats in your 3rd anniversary – and well done on posting every day! I manage, oh, about once a month at the moment :o ) Tough choice between all these yummy fabrics, but I love Chrysalis by Sanae – there’s a great quilt I’d like to have a go at with it on the Moda Bake shop pages. Fingers crossed – and keep on posting, I enjoy reading!

  41. Rachel says:

    #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity for me please :)

  42. JenniferB says:

    I love your site- thanks for the chance to win!
    I would love to win #1 or #4 either would be awesome

  43. Cathy says:

    I would love to win the Darling Clementine lawn. I’ve never made anything out of lawn, but have fondled it in fabric stores, wondering what I could do with it.

  44. Karin says:

    Love set #2. Congrats on 3 years! It’s clear from the site that you love doing it.

  45. Jane says:

    OMG. So kind of you to give away all these bundles of fabric. I love the Modern Workshop by oliver + s layer cake. Thanks so much and I always love reading about new fabrics.

  46. Amy C says:

    #1 would be my favorite.

  47. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I would love to win the fat quarter pack of Sweet Divinity. My niece never gets enough pink and a quilt in this fabric would be perfect for her. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Katie says:

    I love the fabrics in the second bundle. This would be so fun! I don’t even know what I would do with them yet, but I bet it would be cute!

  49. Cass Ward says:

    Wow I would love to win the sherbit pips

  50. Trudy Seca says:

    Ooh I just love sweet divinity by quilted fish. Divine colours!