Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quilting Acronyms

Quilting Acronyms
©original list by
Michele Bilyeu

Please link to this and do not copy this list! 
It is my own compilation after years of saves and many of these I came up with! 

However! If you know of another acronym or have created one that is not on this list, 
link to this post  "Quilting Acronyms" on your blog with your word inside the post and I will find it, and you, and give you credit and a link from here to there!

  • Auto Pilot Quilting=few decisions required. Shift into no brainer mode if you have that speed
  • BOB=Beginner's Only Block

  • BOM=Block of the Month
  • Brain Dead Quilting=Auto Pilot quilting on overdose
  • Candy Bars=Stacks of 2 1/2" x 5" fabric packs
  • Charms=Small pieces of fabric, usually 5" squares or hexagons, all different fabrics in the pack
  • Charm packs=package of pre-cut charm 5" squares: Mini's are 2 1/2"squares in a pack
  • CQ=Crazy Quilting (traditional quilt pattern with embellishments)
  • COC=Cream on Cream
  • DJ=Dear Jane (a traditional quilt pattern)
  • D4P=Double Four Patch
  • DIC=Double Irish Chain
  • Dimes=10" squares
  • DIY=Do It Yourself
  • DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine
  • DWI=Design Wall Indecision (thanks Heidi!)
  • EQ=Electric Quilting software, now EQ5,6, or 7
  • F8=Fat 1/8th or 9"x 22"
  • FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
  • FIU=Finish It Up
  • FLIMSY=pieced top
  • FM=Free Motion, quilting technique w. random stippling, swirls, or patterns, w. or w/o dropped feeddogs, usually on a GSM
  • FQ=Fat Quarter, 18" x 22" of fabric, sold by unit
  • Frog Stitching=rip it, rip it....ripping stitches out
  • FW=Featherweight (Singer) sewing machine
  • FW=Fusible Web (take care to iron this one, sew with the above)
  • Giterdone=Get 'er Done! Term most often used for ancient or dreaded projects
  • GFG=Grandmother's Flower Garden, a traditional quilt pattern
  • GTMA=Great Minds Think Alike
  • HP=Hand Piecing
  • HQ=Hand Quilting
  • HST=Half-Square Triangle
  • HSY=Haven't Started Yet
  • Jelly Rolls=pre-cut 21/2" x 42" fabric strips, rolled up and sold in a set
  • LA=Long Armer, professional machine quilter
  • LAQ=Long Arm Quilting machine
  • LC=Layer Cakes, a pile of co-ordinating 10" squares
  • LQ or LibQ=Liberated Quiltmaking, free form quilting without striving for precision or perfection
  • LQS=Local Quilt Shop
  • MAQ=Mid-Arm Quilter
  • Mean Sandwich=quilting with one nice comment between two mean ones
  • Mind Sorbet= a project that is easy and cleanses your creative palette.
  • Nickles=5" squares
  • NQR=Not Quilt Related, as in board or group off topic, topic and it's oppostie QR
  • OBW=One-Block Wonder
  • One Night Stand=a really fast project, often unplanned, may feel good now but not so good later
  • Orphans=as in Orphan blocks, in LQ, orphans happily co-exist with one another w/o prejudice of any kind and are highly valued and treasured members of one's STASH and Parts Dept.
  • OSMG=old sewing machine guy, your go-to fellow for repairs
  • OT=quilters talking off topic
  • Parts Department= a collaborative quilting term for orphans or other pre-made blocks, sashings, bindings or trim pieces that can be put together and live in harmony in new quilts. First used by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran in their Collaborative Quilting books.
  • PFD=fabric that is Prepared For Dying
  • PHD=Project Half Done
  • PIGS=Projects in Grocery Sacks
  • PIM=Project in Mind
  • PIPs=Project in Progress
  • PITs=Projects in Totes
  • PIW=Project in Waiting (not yet a WIP)
  • PP=Paper Piecing
  • QADD=Quilter's Attention Deficit Disorder speaks for itself. Guilty as charged! (QAC)
  • QAYG=Quilt As You Go-A quilting/piecing process which incorporates sewing together a block and quilting it at the same time.
  • QUIMM=Quilt In My Mind
  • QUTD=Question Of The Day: quilting group or board top for discussion that day
  • QR=Quilt Related and NQR: it's opposite
  • Quilt Candy=Small charm pieces of fabric, folded up to look like candy
  • QST=Quarter Square Triangles
  • RR=Round Robin (quilt exchange, passing around a group taking turns with it)
  • Rote Sewing=quilters on auto pilot, drugs, or asleep
  • SABLE=Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
  • SAQM=Small Arm Quilting Machine
  • SaS=Steam a Seam iron on double faced interfacing/non stitching product
  • SEX=Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)
  • SID=Stitch In (the) Ditch, quilting technique
  • Siggies=Squares of fabric with signatures and other info on them
  • SnW=Stack 'n Whack, pile them up and cut them all at once block pattern
  • Sozzled=SO ZZed Left Everything Disastered ;) =created just for Clare ;)
  • SQ=Simply Quilts
  • Squishy=Envelopes filled with swap fabric or gifts sent/received in the mail
  • STASH=Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
  • SUI=Shopping Under Influence (usually with a friend)
  • SWAN=Swap Without a Name
  • TBQ=To Be Quilted
  • TGIF=Thank Goodness It’s Finished!
  • TIC=Triple Irish Chain, a traditional quilt pattern
  • TFQ=The Fabric Queen...you know who she is.
  • TOAD=Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust
  • TOT=Tone-on-Tone
  • TUFO=Tuesday UFO night, also WUFO etc.
  • Turnovers=6"triangles fabrics in a pack
  • UFO=UnFinished Object
  • USO=UnStarted Object
  • WHIM=Work Hidden In Mind
  • WHIMM=Work Hidden In My Mind
  • WIP=Work In Progress
  • WISP=Work In Slow Progress
  • WIVSP=Work In Very Slow Progress
  • WIWMI=Wish It Would Make Itself
  • WOA=Work Of Art
  • WOF=Width of Fabric
  • WOMBAT=Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
  • WOW=White On White
  • WWIT=What Was I Thinking
  • VIP=Very Import Project
  • YBR=Yellow Brick Road, a popular quilting pattern
  • YoYo=a circle of fabric, gathered and sewn into a puffy circle; also one who makes them
  • 401 F=Fabric for Retirement
  • 401 P= Patterns for retirement....see photo below ;-)

  • © This compilation by Michele M. Bilyeu 2007, 2010 and updated 2014


    1. wow! great list. great string quilt too!

    2. Very nice!
      I don't know if you would want to add that a charm pack is generally 5" squares. Also, perhaps add Layer cakes which are generally packs of 10" squares. Jelly rolls are generally 2.5" wide by WOF (also called noodles.

      All of the food cuts too: candy bars (2.5 x 5" rectangles), turnovers (6" triangles), and mini charm packs (2.5" squares).

      This could become never ending!
      Thanks for sharing the list.

    3. I love your quilt. Congrats on finishing #6.

      My dh loved FART!! Thanks for such a great list. Hugs

    4. Anonymous8:16 AM

      I see she had some of our basic food groups in there, some mixed in with their source product and a few new ones added in after she must have done some editing. I guess we can graze or feast at leisure now LOL

    5. Love the list!
      But I didn't see FM - Free-Motion!
      And my hubby says that with all the charms, layer cakes and jelly rolls it is only natural that we have "fat quarters".

    6. Oh you clever girl! Like the way you've included LQ (smile). I'd also call frog stitching "ribbit".

      Love the quuilt too.

    7. PS: Meant to say can you put it in the Files section?

    8. wow is right!! Had no idea you were compiling a list of all that alphabet soup! LOL, what fun..so many I've never heard of, I must be quilting lingo challenged!
      The quilt is beautiufl and oh my gosh....it's BIG! Congrats on finish # 6. I have your explicit instructions memorized and will act upon them in due time *VBS* Love ya bunches GF!! Hugs, Finn

    9. El edredón está precioso!!!!.
      Necesitaría muchos años para aprenderme las abreviaturas que se utilizan en patchwork. Un beso

    10. Great quilt and love the list - thanks for the smile!

    11. Great list Michele, posting it with a link back to you :^)

      Good luck with Finn's NYE challenge!

    12. Great list - there were some that I hadn't seen yet. Can't wait to share this with my bee.

    13. Your string quilt is beautiful. And huge. Congratulations on a great finish! That's a great list - not sure how you find time to make that when you've got quilts to make.

    14. Very nice quilt and you have outdone yourself with the list. My personal favorites, besides FART of course, are the 401s. I'm really a bit concerned (or at least that's what I tell hubby) that I won't have enough stuff for retirement. Now I have a name for all that stuff. Thanks, Sue in Mi

    15. Your quilts and photos are so professional-looking. I love them! And that list...amazing!

    16. Love, love, love, your list!

    17. I LOVE your quilting acronyms list. I knew some of the acronyms, was guessing about several of them and was totally lost with the rest!
      Project #6 is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    18. LOL!!! I knew most of the acronyms but a few were new to me, and a couple really made me LOL. Hadn't heard of SEX for example ;- ) Or FART either for that matter. Guess I don't get out enough. I had one not on your list that I've already forgotten. If it comes back to me I'll let you know.

      Mostly I came over to give you a big CONGRATULATIONS on finishing all ten of your NYE projects. Way to go! Of course you are our designated OA (over achiever) so we shouldn't really be surprised :- )

    19. I have linked both of your Free Quilt patterns and Free block patterns to my blog.
      My blog is:
      Thank you for the information on how to do it.

    20. Hi Michele, I have a new acronym and linked to your list :-)


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