Monday, December 10, 2012

Those Quilting ACRONYMS

I'm new to quilt blogging and I keep seeing acronyms that mean nothing to me. I've gone on a search and I'm sharing what I've found (and using this post to keep track in case I forget).  This is not an exhaustive list, just a list of the acronyms I keep seeing.  I'll probably continue adding to the list....

Quilting Acronyms
EPP - English paper piecing
FPP - foundation paper piecing
HST - half square triangle.  Cut a square, cut it in half diagonally
QAYG - quilt as you go
QST - quarter square triangle.  Cut a square, cut it in half diagonally twice

TGIF - thank goodness it's finished
WiP - work in progress - actively working on a quilt or other object
UFO - unfinished object

Acronyms for Machines
SAQM - small arm quilting machine

Acronyms of Fabric Sizes
F8 - fat eighth (of a yard, which equals
FQ - fat quarter (of a yard, which equals about 18" x 22")
layer cake - a stack of fabric, each piece of which measures 10" square
charm - 5" square piece of fabric
jelly roll - fabric precut to 2 1/2" wide with many different fabrics rolled together

Quilt Blogging Acronyms
BOM - block of the month
FMQ - free motion quilting
QAL - quilt along

Miscellaneous Quilting Acronyms
LQS - local quilt store

Quilting Memes
  • TGIFF - Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday - meme hosted by 
  • WiP Wednesday - Work in Progress Wednesday hosted by Lee at Freshly Pieced 
  • Fabric Tuesday hosted by Quilt Story
  •  FNSI or Friday Night Sew-In hosted by Handmade by Heidi 
  • Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts 
  • FO - finished object hosted by Cat Patches on the last day of each month.  Start something new at the beginning of the month, write a blog post about it, then link up.  The purpose is to build up your supply of UFOs.

Do you know of other acronyms or memes?  If so, please share!



  1. Now that I read your post, I realized how many there are. Funny how we pick things up that (to us) just turn into general knowledge. I bet if I asked Mama Thimble or any other Thimble family member "to go the the LQS to pick up a FQ that I can finish my UFO", they'll send for the nice people in white coats!

  2. How funny. I need to add WWIT (what was I thinking?) when I look at my current WIP, Nancy!

  3. LOL! (I had to ask what that was years ago!). In my first Reference class in library school years ago, we learned library acronyms. Guess it's human nature to create language shortcuts. What a great list!


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