Quilting Acronyms (TBR!)

We have had a lot of members old and new talk about wanting a cheat sheet of all of the acronyms that members use online. I did some very nonscientific research online and came up with my first stab at a Quilting Acronym Glossary. If any of you can think of more to add to this list, post them in the comments section below.


Common Online Phrases

AFK - Away From Keyboard

BBL - Be Back Later

IM(NS)HO - In My (Not So) Humble Opinion

LOL - Laugh Out Loud

OMG - Oh My Goodness

ROFLOL - Rolling on Floor Laughing Out Loud

TBR - To Be Read

TMI - Too Much Information

TTFN - Ta Ta For Now (Britishism)

TTYL - Talk To You Later

WWIT - What Was I Thinking?


Acronyms for Family Members

BSC - Blond Space Cadets (thanks to Spud for this one!)

DH - Dear Husband

DD - Dear Daughter (or Dear Dog)

DK - Dear Kitty (thanks to Sandy H.)

DS - Dear Son

FIL - Father-in-Law

MIL - Mother-in-Law

SIL - Sister-in-Law (or Son-in-Law)


Quilting Specific Acronyms

BOB - Beginner's Only Block (swap)

BOM - Block of the Month

CC - Counter Cut 

DSM - Domestic Sewing Machine

DWR - Double Wedding Ring

EQ - Electric Quilt (Quilting Design Software)

FMQ - Free Motion Quilting

FQ - Fat Quarter

FW - Feather Weight (Singer Sewing Machine)

HST - Half-Square Triangle

KQ - Keepsake Quilting (one of our sponsors)

LA - Long Arm

LAQ - Long Arm Quilter

LQS - Local Quilt Shop

MAQ - Mid-Arm Quilter

MQ - Mystery Quilt

OBW - One-Block Wonder

QCA - Quilters Club of America

QOA - Quilt Out Loud (the online quilting show on

QST - Quarter Square Triangles

RST - Right Sides Together

SID - Stitch in Ditch

TOT - Tone-on-Tone

UFO - UnFinished Object

WOF - Width of Fabric

WOW - White On White

WST - Wrong Sides Together


Plus two popular slang terms:

Froggin' - ripping seams (you know, Rip it Rip It)

Reverse Sewing - Ooops! Made a mistake have to take it out and do it again


Other "Vital" Quilting Acronyms

BDNQ - Bad Day Not Quilting

CAT - Creating Artistic Treasures

COP - Creative Ongoing Project

DOG - Deciding Ongoing Gem

FART - Fabric Aquisition Road Trip

FIU - Finish It Up

FUN - Fabricating UNlimited

HSY - Haven't Started Yet

PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard

PEBSMAQ - Problem Exists Between Sewing Machine And Quilter (invented by Gini)

PHD - Project Half Done (as in, "I'm working on my PHD")

PIGS - Projects in Grocery Sacks

QFH - Quilt from Hell

RUF - Really Ugly Fabric

SABLE - Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

SEX - Stash Enhancing eXperience (or eXcursion)

STASH - Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden

SQ - Stupid Quilt (invented by Judy Iliff)

SQUID - Sewing a Quilt Until I Die (from AgnesEthel)

UFO - UnFinished Object (unfinished quilt)

TGIF - Thank God It's Finished!

WHIMM - Works 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

WOMBAT - Waste of Money, Batting, and Time






Gagoo wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Monday, 26 October 2009, 12:45 PM

And all along I thought DH meant DUMB husband

Sherri wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Tuesday, 27 October 2009, 1:48 AM

thank you Gagoo i printed them

jlanna wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 10:12 PM

I love the stash one!!! My very favorite!

Georgia wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Thursday, 29 October 2009, 11:09 PM

My granddaughter has called "froggin'" frog-stitchin for the same reason for several years!

Anita wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Friday, 30 October 2009, 12:42 AM

thank you Gagoo I printed them

marilyn wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Friday, 6 November 2009, 3:00 PM

I really like knowing what all the initials are for.  Makes more sense now.

Melody Lee wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Sunday, 8 November 2009, 7:15 AM

I am always so clueless when I see Letters.  I can never figure them out.  This is so nice. wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Sunday, 8 November 2009, 3:28 PM

This is SO True.  Great fun.  I teach a quilt class at Church and I am going to share with my class.  We'll

see what we can come up with.  Four of us just returned this past weekend from a trip to Amish Country for a 'Shop Hop

excursion and wait until I tell them we did a" FART"  They will be shocked!.  Thanks for the chuckle and a Great "Club".


Allsoanything wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Monday, 9 November 2009, 1:23 AM

Is this the site that froze up over a year ago (quilt talk)  ?

kathy w wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 12:14 PM

Thanks for the acronyms.  So many I had seen and didn't know.  

Does FARTing make you winded???

AgnesEthel wrote re: Quilting Acronyms
on Sunday, 10 January 2010, 4:15 PM

Add "Squid"  Sewing(a)quilt until I die.  This is a very very slow quilt but not yet dedicated to the UFO pile!

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