We’ve been fans of Kim from True Up since her Dioramarama days, when we eagerly followed the Modern Quilt-Along and swooned over her sewing. We followed the development of her
True Up site with much excitement (it is “All Fabric, All the Time,” you know?!) and now we visit daily for her hard-hitting fabric news! There were no blogs devoted to fabric when Kim started True Up in 2008 and Kim is now an industry leader, giving us the scoop on designers, collections, trends, vintage fabric (she has an incredible stash) and pattern design. Kim has impeccable taste and is in the know… She was a natural go-to person for our reflections/predictions interviews! Read what Kim has to say and add your thoughts to the mix.
Sew,Mama,Sew!: Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Designer apparel fabrics and digital fabric printing. They were both around before this year, but this year they were really embraced by consumers. I think they’re both here to stay and we’ll only continue to see more diversity.
SMS: What were some of your favorite things?
I have a zillion favorite fabric collections, but the ones that stand out in my mind most (without having to go back and review my posts) were the Tammis Keefe Tribute collection by Michael Miller, Erin McMorris’ Weekends, and Nani Iro 2010.
SMS: What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?
Hooray for Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush velveteens!
Kim’s Baby Quilt
SMS: What was the best thing you made in 2010?
I didn’t get to make much of anything this year… I’m hoping that will change this year. I did get to make this simple quilt for my friend’s baby, quilted in a plaid pattern that I ended up really liking.
SMS: What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
I think it’s a tie between Sherri Lynn Wood’s improvisationally-pieced Mod Mood Quilt and Melissa (All Buttoned Up)’s Proverbial Quilt (pattern by Denyse Schmidt).
Melissa’s Proverbial Quilt, All Buttoned Up
SMS: What do you think 2011 has in store?
I think the new wave of interest in sewing that has sort of hit its stride now, and as all these new sewists become more experienced, they are looking for more sophisticated fabrics. The quilting industry is doing TOO well of a job responding to that need! I think that designer cotton lawns, shirtings, velveteens, corduroys, cotton-linen blends, etc. will continue to do well, and that we’ll see plenty more of them in 2011. I also see prints moving away from cute and pretty and quilting-specific to more fashion-forward, edgy, and multipurpose.
Vintage Ladies Ivory from the Ruby Star Rising collection by Melody Miller for Kokka
SMS: Anything you’re ready for the world to get over?
Price wars and penny-pinching. I know most people don’t have unlimited fabric budgets, but I hate hearing about good businesses suffering because of customers valuing low prices over everything else. We all need to put our money towards shops that give us the most inspiration and best customer service.
We also need to remember that we are only getting the prices we are today because of cheap overseas manufacturing, which has all sorts of hidden costs (to the environment, to the domestic economy, to human rights…). Sigh… I have so much more to say about this, but I’ll get off my soapbox for now!
SMS: Any thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate? Predictions or wishes?
Ha, it’s not going as well as it is for you! One of my grade school teachers once told my parents that I don’t speak up in class discussions very often, but when I do, it’s a valuable contribution. I think (hope!) that tendency has carried over to my participation in Facebook and Twitter.
SMS: Can you tell us anything about what to expect from you in 2011? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can reveal?
Two big things, one personal, one professional. I can’t say anything about either yet, but I’ll allow guesses!