The complete list of Quilting Abbreviations

The complete list of Quilting Abbreviations


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my mind calm,

my heart happy

and my family warm!

Quilters all over the world use a lot of abbreviations; most of them are functional, others are just for fun.

These abbreviations are available in different languages and can be found all over the internet; I tried to collect all of them in one place.

Do you see an abbreviation missing from this list? Please leave a comment below and I’ll add it.

AFFO = finished quilt project

ATC = Artist Trading Card

BBT = Be Back Tomorrow

BDNQ = Bad Day, Not Quilting

BOB = Beginner’s Only Block (swap)

BOM = Block of the Month

BSK = Basic Sewing Kit

BSS = Basic Sewing Supplies

Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares

Charms = small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics

COC = Cream On Cream

CRAFT = Can't Remember A Flipping Thing

D4P = Double four Patch

DC/DDog = Dear Cat/Dear Dog (spell out dog, otherwise may be mistaken for Dear Daughter)

DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband

DIC = Double Irish Chain

Dimes = 10" squares

DIY = Do It Yourself

DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine

DWR = Double Wedding Ring

EPP = English Paper Piecing

EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, EQ7 etc.)

F8 / FE = Fat Eighth

FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip

FBA = Full Bust Alteration

FFO = Finally Finished Object

FIU = Finish It Up

FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted

FM / FMQ = Free Motion Quilting

FOB = Fear of Binding

FQ = Fat Quarter

Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)

FW = Feather Weight (Singer sewing machine)

FW = Fusible Web, no brand specific

GF = Girl Friend / God Forbid / Grandmother's Fan

GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden

HIPS = Hundreds of Ideas Piling Skyward

HP = Hand Piecing

HQ = Hand Quilting

HST = Half-Square Triangle

HSY = Haven’t Started Yet (pronounced hussy)

Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set

LA = Long Armer (professional machine quilter)

LAQ = Long Arm Quilter

LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine

LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!

LOL = Laugh out loud

LQS = Local Quilt Shop

MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter

MQ = Mystery Quilt

Nickles = 5" squares

Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric

NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT / Off Topic)

OBW = One-Block Wonder

OOAK = One Of A Kind

OOP = Out Of Print (like a vintage pattern)

OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy

PFD = Prepared For Dyeing

PhD = Projects half Done

PIGS = Projects In Grocery Sacks

PIPS = Projects In Process

PITS = Project In Totes

PIW = Project In Waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)

PP = Paper Piecing

QAL = Quilt ALong

QAYG = Quilt As You Go

QIMM = Quilts in My Mind

QOTD = Question Of The Day / Quick Off Topic Discussion / Quilting Off Topic Discussion

QR = Quilt Related

QST = Quarter-Square Triangle

Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy

RR = Round Robin

RST = Right Sides Together

RTFM = Read The Flipping Manual (last resort!)

SA = Seam Allowance

SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine

SaS = Steam a Seam

SEX = Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)

SID = Stitch-In-the-Ditch quilting

Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them

SnW = Stack and Whack

SOG = Straight of Grain

QG = Quilting Guild, xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild

SQ = Simply Quilts

SQUID = Sewing a Quilt Until I Die

Squishy = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)

STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden

TBQ = To Be Quilted

TGIF = Thank God It’s Finished!

TIC = Triple Irish Chain

TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust

TOT = Tone-on-Tone

TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group / WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.

UFO = UnFinshed Object

USO = UnStarted Object

VIP = Very Important Project

WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind

WIM = Wil Ik Maken

WIMM = Work 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

WST = Wrong Sides Together

WWIT = What Was I Thinking?

YBR = Yellow Brick Road

YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle

See anything missing? Please leave a comment below and I’ll add it.

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