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Quilting Acronyms



Quilting Acronyms
©original list by
Michele Bilyeu
www. with-heart-and-hands..com

Please link to  Quilting Acronyms  and do not copy this list! 

It is my own compilation after years of saves and many of these I came up with, myself! 


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 on my primary blog with its gigantic readership ;-)



  • 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



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


    Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes. Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

    Tuesday

    Quilting With Hexagons: Updated for 2014

    Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem

    Quilting With Hexagons



    In geometry, a hexagon is a polygon with six edges and six vertices. In nature, it appears in honeycombs, in a turtle's carapace, on the North pole of the planet Saturn, in the micrograph of a snowflake, and in the naturally formed basalt columns form Giant's Causeway in Ireland.

    A hexagon is the only shape that will fit inside of a six sided star or Saturn Star (also known as Magan's (Magen's, Mogan's) Star, which is considered the most powerful symbol in the occult. And by the occult, I mean that which has hidden energies not obvious to the human eye, not something that is necessarily evil. However, it comes as no surprise that we talk of 'putting a hex' on others in regards to magical incantations of ill omen. And thus, the hexagon has often been used throughout history and through timed as a carrier of these magical energies.



    However, on the flip side, all energies also carry their reverse or polar opposite within, so it also no surprise that the Magan, or Mogan Star can also become the most beautiful of shapes long been held in high esteem by those who love fiber art handicrafts of all kinds.

    And, when you connect alternate points of a hexagon, it gives you a hexagram, or a six pointed star, usually called the Star of David...as in the Magen David star quilt, shown above.

    Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Triple Ring Flower Pattern
    English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Triple Ring Flower Pattern FREE to Download
    Six circles will fit around a seventh (of the same diameter) dividing the circumference into six equal parts, and the radius of a circle exactly divides into the circumference into six parts creating the six petaled rose we so often see in quilts.


    Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern English Paper Piecing 1 Inch Hex Diamond Double Ring Pattern


    Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern Diamond Triple Ring Quilt Pattern



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    Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern

    Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download

    Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern

    Double Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download Single Ring Hexagon Quilt Pattern FREE to Download



    For some wonderful hexagon quilts and other stitching projects, click on link below:

    Michele Bilyeu:  Quilting With Hexagons

     

    , Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes. Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!