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. Holly says:

    Ooo. Hard to pick one! I think that I would pick number 3 (the felt bundles). So many fun projects that could be made from that lot!

    Congratulations on 3 years! I look forward to reading your posts for many more!

  2. Karen says:

    I love them all!!!!! If I really have to choose one….guess it would have to be Modern Workshop by Oliver + s. Thanks for the great giveaway! PS: congrats on the blog!!!

  3. Jessi says:

    Lots of great prizes!! I think I would like to win package #1.

  4. Mama Urchin says:

    How can anyone pick? I guess if I had to I’d pick the felt but really they are all wonderful prizes.

  5. delia says:

    Happy blogiversary! I like choice 2. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Paula says:

    Happy anniversary! I love package #1; thank you for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  7. Cindy says:

    Thank you so much for your blog! I look every day and enjoy the eye candy so much. My pick is #1.

  8. car54 says:

    Aren’t you nice to give a gift for YOUR anniversary! Modern Workshop would be my pick.

    Hope you have many more! Enjoy your blog!

  9. Marsha says:

    #4 – I see adorable summer outfits for my wonderful granddaughters. Love your blog.

  10. Amy Hodge says:

    Happy Birthday! My favorite is definitely the Sherbert Pips!!

  11. June S says:

    Hard to choose hard to choose! I’m going for #2, as I have been eyeing Chrysalis for a while and the cute kiddo prints would add alot to my stash. New RSS follower here too, looks like a great blog, thanks!

  12. Jenna says:

    I would have to say #1 as well … what’s better than Pips? :) Congratulations on three wonderful years! Keep up the great work!

  13. ikkinlala says:

    I’d love a chance to win #6. Happy blogiversary!

  14. Ginger says:

    I would love the fat quarter pack of sweet divinity. Thanks for giveaway!

  15. Eleanor says:

    Happy birthday! :D My choice would be #1 or #4! Such a generous giveaway!!!

  16. Megan Kay says:

    Oh I would love to win prize pack 1! THank you so much and well done on your anniversary!

  17. Quynh says:

    Happy blogiversary! #1 please. I just love the Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey and can’t wait to create something fun with it!

  18. Ginger says:

    I would love the felt. It seems like good felt is so hard to find.

    Thanks so much for the generous giveaway.

  19. Shannon says:

    Congratulations on your three year blogiversary!!! I’m a big fan of your site and it is one of my first reads on my blog list every day! This is such a fabulous giveaway – what a way to celebrate! Personally, I would love to sample Sweet Divinity, so I would definitely be picking #4.


  20. Anne Marie says:

    While all the fabrics are lovely and would be a treat to win, since I must choose it will be Sherbert Pips. Thanks for this chance.

  21. Lucie says:

    Layer cake of Max and Whiskers and all those fun little prints are awesome. All of the giveaways are so beautiful. thanks for an awesome giveaway!!!

  22. Erin says:

    I love the Chrysalis layer cake, so my choice would have to be #2. Thanks!

  23. sherbet & modern workshop….by a landslide! I adore both of them! thanks for the opportunity:) i heart true up!

  24. Linda says:

    I’d love to win package #1, but they are all lovely and I wouldn’t turn any of them down! 8-) It’s been great knowing there’s a place I can go and find out about new fabrics and designers. Thanks for being here.

  25. Teresa P says:

    I like Modern Workshop and Chrysalis. I’ve learned so many things from your blog. Keep up the good work.

  26. sandra says:

    #1 PIPS has me WANTING!!!

  27. Sandi says:

    I’d LOVE to win #1 – I just love both Sherbet Pips and Modern Workshop!

  28. joy smith says:

    Congrats on your anniversary and thank you for an amazing giveaway! All the options are tempting, but I would have to go with #4 (Fat Quarter Pack of Sweet Divinity by the Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs) – this would be perfect for a quilt for my daughter’s new bedroom. Love the colors, love Riley Blake, love that applique!

  29. Jocelyn says:

    Ooo those are all fantastic but I would have to go with Oliver + S. I just got her little things to sew book and just ordered some clothes patterns too so I am loving her style right now.

    Happy Birthday too!

  30. stacey says:

    Oh Number 4 It’s So Sweet!!

  31. jen says:

    #3 looks like fun!

  32. Lauren says:

    Making a decision like this is brutal – but I’m a sucker for bright red, so #5 is the choice for me. Congrats on your anniversary! I love the site, it always makes me drool!

  33. Mer says:

    #3! Oh dang!

  34. Congratulations!!!3 years !!! I can’t get over how often you post. You go girl! If I could pick one new set of fabrics to work with, I would choose the National Nonwovens. I would love to just touch it. Carolina

  35. Donna says:

    They are all so pretty, but I like the Darling Clementine cotton lawn the best.

  36. Lee says:

    These are all such great prizes, I don’t know how to choose! But I guess I would go with the Sweet Divinity package. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Kirsten N says:

    They all look wonderful but I would pick #1.

  38. Jennifer Gray says:

    Happy blogiversary! These are all amazing gifts. I would love #5, the charm pack set. Thank you so much for the chance.

    jennhgray at gmail dot com

  39. Riain says:

    Happy 3rd birthday!!

    And thanks for your great site, and generous giveaway.

    I’d love any of those bundles, but number 6 would be my first choice.

  40. Claudia says:

    Happy Anniversary! Such a generous way to celebrate. I would like #6 Darling Clementine.
    A toast to many more years of fun at TrueUp!

  41. Kate says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’d love to win #1!

  42. Paula says:

    Wow, Congratulations! I’d love to win all but if I had to pick I’d go with #5.

  43. Angie H. says:

    I would lovw to win the layer cake of Sherbert Pips and Modern Workshop. Thanks….

  44. Gillian B. says:

    Happy Anniversary. Wow, how to choose….I’d love to win Darling Clementine, thank you.

  45. Clair says:

    I would choose #1 the modern Moda fabrics. I would so much like to get over to the Houston Quilt Market one day. I am planning to come in the future with my very own collection, but until then I will just drool over all the wonderful blog reports from crafty peeps like you :)

  46. Nanna says:

    #3, I would love to work with the nonwovens with my kids.

    Thank you, and happy anniversary.

  47. Moineau16 says:

    #4 is fabulous, and Happy BlogDay to True Up!

  48. strikkelise says:

    Happy blogiversary! It has been an inspiration to follow you these years, and I look forward to keeping on reading! I place my chips on package #6 (cotton lawn) :)

  49. Callie says:

    No. 2 please… Thanks for all the great fabric info amd ideas!

  50. Margaret says:

    Love your blog and congratulations on 3 years! I love prize package #4. Thanks so much for the chance to win such beautiful fabric!