Sewing and Quilting Acronyms… increase your vocabulary

I always feel a little bit sheepish when other sewists or quilters use an acronym or term that I’m not familiar with… and then sometimes I use one that makes people confused and I wonder if they are thinking this:

We’ve been discussing sewing and quilting acronyms in the SewCanShe Sewcialites facebook group a little bit, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of terms to ‘increase our vocabulary’, (wink, wink). Here you go:

BOM- block of the month.


FBA- full bust alteration.


FART- fabric accumulation road trip.


FQ- fat quarter of fabric.


HST- half square triangle.


LQS- local quilt shop.


OOAK- one of a kind.


OOP- out of print (like a vintage pattern).


PDF- who knows? but it’s the kind of pattern you print yourself.


PHD- project half done. See also UFO, WIP.


PIGS- projects in grocery sacks.


PP- paper piecing.


QAYG – quilt as you go


QST- quarter square triangle.


SA – seam allowance.


SABLE – stash accumulation beyond life expectancy.


STASH- special treasures all secretly hidden.


TOAD- trashed object abandoned in disgust.


UFO- unfinished object. See also WIP, PHD.


WIP- work in progress. See also UFO, PHD.


WOF – width of fabric.


WOMBAT – waste of money batting and time.


Do you know any more especially good ones? add them to the comments below. And FYI, I found a few of these terms on this other Sewing Acronym List while I was poking around the internet… you may want to check it out too.

Happy Sewing!

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