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. Erin says:

    Ooo, what a generous giveaway! I can’t believe it’s been three years. I’d love to win pack #1 or #2. I have been drooling over modern workshop and chrysalis so to win either would be fantastic! Thanks.

  2. Angie McD says:

    Congrats on turning 3! And thank you for the work you put into this blog – it’s always enjoyable to read and drool over :) I like #4 – sweet stuff for my sweet little one who’s still only 2

  3. Roxanne H. says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on turning 3!
    You have no idea how often I visit your site–it is my favorite!
    You get me to think about fabrics in different ways and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
    when I see fabrics from my past (ex: regional motifs, patterns I grew up
    with, etc).
    I would love to win Sweet Divinity, with 3 daughters at home the possibilities
    are almost endless.

  4. Hi! Just recently discovered your blog and I’m happily hooked! Congratulations on your success! I especially like #2 because I’m a cat lover with 4 cats of my own and 5 brand new black kittens…the search for homes begins…;)

  5. carol kelley says:

    I love Darling Sweet Clementine–I hope I am lucky! I love your site and it is a good part of my day when it arrives! Thanks–

  6. Judy Johnson says:

    I love them all…I’ll pick #4 but would be delighted with any!!

  7. Nicholas says:

    Really? Three years? I don’t comment often, but I can blame your blog, in part, for getting me into the sewing game. I would find myself drooling over fabric on your blog and now find myself with a stash in my closet. Congrats on the blog and for interesting others in the craft of sewing.

    That said, I would love a chance to use some of that National Nonwovens Super Sample Pack – wool felt intrigues me and would love to play around with it!

  8. Allison S. says:

    I’d love to try out the felt in prize package #3! Congratulations on True Up turning 3. I’ve learned so much from you and really enjoy reading your posts. :-)

  9. mommymae says:

    congratulations on 3 years!!!! while i like all of them, i love package 5 ! love the colors!

  10. Margaret says:

    I’d love #1. Who wouldn’t?! Thanks! mcglen8 {at} gmail {dot} com

  11. patricia says:

    Happy 3rd Anniversary! I really appreciate your blog. If I had to pick it would be the layer cake of Modern Workshop first and the FQ set of Sweet Divinity second. Thank you for all your hard work.

  12. I really like set #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity. It’d be great to make lovelies for my GRANDgirls! Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Happy Birthday! I would LOVE number 2….so cute! I think think of all sorts of projects they would be good for. Thanks!!!

  14. Carrie L says:

    Congratulations and thanks for all your hard work! I would love to win any of those, but I’ll pick #2!

  15. Moni says:

    #6 Darling Clementine looks wonderful!

  16. Kara says:

    Happy anniversary! I can’t wait to see what the next three years brings. I like #5.

  17. kris says:

    1 or 2 would be fantastic!!! i have so many things to make and these would come in handy!!!

  18. gina pina says:

    Happy Birthday TrueUp! I would be delighted to sew with that Sanae Chrysalis layer cake.

    Thank you so much for all the work you to do bring us an endless stream of fabric news! This really is one of my top all time favorite websites. I still want an old logo True Up sticker.

  19. Sherri says:

    Happy Birthday! I really appreciate all the fabric posts…and all the research you do to provide such an informative site!

    Thinking I would pick #4, The Sweet Divinity if I were to win…looks so bright and spring-like!

  20. Susan Jonsson says:

    I would dearly love to win #1….Very difficult choice. It is hard to believe your generosity….Such an amazing give away. Congrats on your anniversary….Such fun to visit your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.


  21. Yael says:

    ooh!!! what a great give-away! and happy 3 years to you! love love love your blog!
    Such a hard choice, but I would have to go with #1: Layer Cakes of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey and Modern Workshop by oliver + s.

    Here’s hoping….

  22. Karissa says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been so long–but I’m so thankful you’re still here! What a fantastic resource :)
    Oh, decisions, decisions… I am partial to package #2. I think it’s those adorable animals from the Max & Whiskers line. Thanks for the chance!

  23. Trisha says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’d choose the Robert Kaufman Daisies and Dots. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Jill says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love the Darling Clementine. Thanks for the chance. I enjoy your blog very much!

  25. Sarah says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win #2! Thanks for keeping this great blog alive for so long! :)

  26. Sophia DeLonghi says:

    Would love the Sherbet Pips giveaway. I have been eying this for quite some time. Love your site and thanks for the opportunity to win any of the giveaways as any of them would be welcome.

  27. Sam E. says:

    Congrats on a wonderful anniversary!! I would love the chance to get my greedy little hands on #1, although they’re all fantastic.

  28. Kathy Chapman says:

    Congratulations on turning 3 and a great site!!! Would love to win the felt #3 package.

  29. Jill says:

    Wow! What a tough choice between all of those prizes! Maybe the Moda…

  30. Jessica says:

    what wonderful prizes! i’d love a chance to win the felt!

  31. Denise Boyle says:

    I love the first set of Sherbet Pips and Modern Workshop. Hurray for 3!

  32. eva says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I discovered True Up only one year ago, but since then it has been one of my daily reads. Congratulations! Set #3 is just perfect, love it!

  33. sfer says:

    Superawesome!! I would go for the #4: Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity.
    Congrats, we hope to be reading you for many more years to come!
    … and of course thanks for sharing all the lovely fabric goodies!! :-)

  34. Erika says:

    Whew! All of these look great but my first choice would be #1. Those little doggies are the cutest!

    My second choice would probably be #5.

    Thanks for continuely bringing us such great content and for such a generous giveaway!

  35. rebecca says:

    wow, I remember True Up turning one, seems like just yesterday. I’m torn between #1 and #6, I love the colors and patterns in oliver+s and the Darling Clementine. Both lovely collections. Thanks!

  36. Denise says:

    Congratulations on turning 3!
    I recently found your blog and I greatly enjoy it. Lots of great stuff here!
    Thank you.
    I would love collection #2!!

  37. Marcia W. says:

    #2 Chrysalis for me and the others for baby quilts of a to-be-born grandniece. Thanks for posting the way you do — your blog on fabric is tops with me!

  38. monique says:

    What an amazing giveaway!! My first choice is Modern Workshop by oliver + s. Congratulations on your anniversary. I know this blog is hard work but I really appreciate and enjoy reading your blog… so THANK YOU!

  39. MargaretQuilts says:

    My preference is Sweet Divinity by Riley Blake #4. I crochet so am interested in seeing how the little buttons go with the fabric collection. I found my way to your blog via my DD, also a quilter. Congratulations on threee years of wonderful posts.

  40. mab says:

    Congrats on hitting year 3!

    This was a tough choice, so I’ll go for what types of items I need…. I guess #4 is best since I have two little girls who want me to make a quilt for them. And they would looooove Sweet Divinity!

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  41. Tina Hutto says:

    You are so sweet. Thank you for this giveaway to celebrate your three years of blogging – must be a record of posts and years! My selection is #1 – who can resist Pips and Modern fabrics?

  42. Robyn Dixon says:

    Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary. I have your blog listed as one of my favourites and really enjoy reading your lovely posts. I’d be so happy to win #1 – although the choice was hard.

  43. Jenni says:

    Congratulations on 3 years! That’s awesome! You are my go-to for info on new fabric, good sales, and interesting pattern details. So glad you find the inspiration day in and day out, because it always inspires me! Right now, I’m loving the colors in that Chrysalis bundle and would love to stitch something up with it. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  44. Jean Cheszek says:

    Thanks for the fantastic site and congrats on 3 years! I’d love a chance to play with the National Nonwovens Super Sample Pack.

  45. Johanna says:

    Congratulations on three years of True Up! I don’t know how I would learn about new fabric lines without you!
    If I could chose I would love to win #1.
    Thank you for sharing!

  46. Emma says:

    I would love to get my hands on #3, the National Nonwovens sample pack. Thanks and happy birthday!

  47. Barbara Brown says:

    Happy Birthday! And thanks for the give-aways! I’d like #3 if I win. I’ve wanted to get my hands on some ‘real’ felt and love the idea that this is an American company. I love supporting our manufacturing whenever possible.

  48. Ana Sofia says:

    Time really goes by… 3 already (and I was there from the very start, that’s all the evidence I need to proove my fabric addiction, lol)
    They are all so wonderfull (I really wouldn’t mind having any of them), but my heart is set on #1 (love love those 2 moda collections).

  49. jodi meenan says:

    No. 1 would be fabulous! Although I wouldn’t be fussy! Thanks for the chance!

  50. Tanya N says:

    Oh my they are all lovely, I’d be thrilled with any of them but I’ll go with # 4. Congratulations on 3 years!