Quilting Abbreviations for Every Quilter


Here’s a handy guide to keep you in the know.

Common Quilting Acronyms:

 4P: Four Patch

9P: Nine Patch

AOD: All Over Design

B2B: Border to Border

BOB: Beginners Only Block

BOM: Block of the Month

CB: Center Back

CF: Center Front

CQ: Crazy Quilt

DJ: Dear Jane

DSM: Domestic Sewing Machine

DWR: Double Wedding Ring

E2E: Edge to Edge

EPP: English Paper Piecing

EQ: Electric Quilt

F8: Fat Eighth

F16: Fat Sixteenth

FG: Flying Geese

FL: Fold Line

FMQ: Free Motion Quilting

FPP: Foundation Paper Piecing

FQ: Fat Quarter

FW: Fusible Web (can be Feather Weight)

GL: Grain Line

HP: Hand Pieced

HQ: Hand Quilted

HST: Half Square Triangle

ITH: In the Hoop

LAQ: Long Arm Quilter

LAQM: Long Arm Quilting Machine

LOF: Length of Fabric

LQS: Local Quilt Shop

MQ: Machine Quilted

MTO: Made To Order

NQD: National Quilting Day

OBW: One Block Wonder

OOP: Out of Print

OP: On Point

PFD: Prepared For Dyeing

PhD: Projects Half Done

PIGS: Projects in Grocery Sacks

PIP: Project In Progress

PP: Paper Piecing

QAL: Quilt Along

QAYG: Quilt As You Go

QC: Quarter Circle

QOV: Quilt of Valor

QST: Quarter Square Triangle

RBR: Row By Row

RR: Round Robin

RST: Right Sides Together

SA: Seam Allowance

SAL: Sew Along

SABLE: Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

SID: Stitch in Ditch

SNW: Stack ‘n Whack

SOG: Straight of Grain

SPI: Stitches Per Inch

SQST: Split Quarter Square Triangle

TAW: Trip Around the World

TBQ: To Be Quilted

TOT: Tone on Tone

UF: Unfinished

UFO: Unfinished Object

WIP: Work in Progress

WOF: Width of Fabric

WOW: White on White

WOMBAT: Waste of Money, Batting, and Time

WST: Wrong Sides Together

YBR: Yellow Brick Road

Do you have any to add? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!

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PHD also means Projects Hip Deep!

Melinda Gregory

NBN ….no batting needed

Molly E Hundley

UFOs – UnFinished Objects

Nan Conway

UFP Un -Finished Project

HSY = Haven’t Started Yet (aka a “Hussy”)

Shelley Folkedahl

BSK: Basic Sewing Kit