basic quilting abbreviations


Quilters use many abbreviations when they use basic quilting terms. These are practical to use; you may not want to use "half-square triangles" again and again while giving quilting instructions. Instead, you may prefer to use HST; since it is easier. When you come across UFO in a quilting instruction or talking, it doesn't necessarily mean that there is an alien in the sewing room!

For beginners, it may be confusing seeing all these abbreviations which probably make no sense. So here I'd like to share some popular quilting abbreviations that you may come across in quilting instructions and conversations. When you are learning quilting, it helps you save time to know the terminology.


BOM : Block Of the Month
BSS    : Basic Sewing Supplies
Charm Pack : Package of pre-cut squares
Charms : Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
EQ  : Electric Quilt
FQ  : Fat quarter of fabric (18” x 22”)
GFG: Grandmother’s flower garden
HST: Half-Square Triangle
Jelly Roll : 2 1/2″ x 42″ fabric strips rolled and sold in a set
LQS : Local Quilt Shop
PHD: Projects Half Done
SID: Stitch in the ditch
STASH : Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
WIP : Work In Progress
WISP : Work In Slow Progress
WOF : Width of Fabric
WOMBAT : Waste of Money, Batting, and Time

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