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Thread: 4 questions from a newbie

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    How do I figure out the abbr. such as LOL DIL I know these two but I see some that leave totally lost. :)

    What is meant by free motion quilt?

    What is a fat quarter?

    What is meant by Long Arm?

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    quilting with your sewing machine
    18 X 22 piece of fabric
    special quilting machine

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    Go to this post to see abbreviations....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-142228-1.htm

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    1. Look for "acronyms" in the search function.
    2. FMQ is the quilting that is done by dropping the feed dogs on your machine and moving the quilt sandwich by hand. In other words, the quilter controls the motion of the quilt. They key is to find the sweet spot between the speed of the footpedal and the speed of the motion.
    3. A fat quarter is the equivalent of a 1/4 yard of fabric. But the fabric is cut at the 1/2 yard mark and then cut again in half crosswise. This gives you a larger piece than the skinny 1/4 yard and there are books written for the optimal use of FQs.
    4. A LA is a quilting machine that has a really large throat and it is used for quilting. LAQ is the Long Arm Quilter who hires her (or his) skill and machine. These machines are quite pricey and they take up quite a bit of space. If you want to check out LA work - look at Charisma's posts. Her work is amazing.

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    WIP - work in progress
    PIG - project in a grocery bag
    WOF - width of fabric (from selvedge to selvedge)
    Tute - tutorial
    DMS - Domestic sewing machine (home sewing machine)
    BSR - Bernina Stitch Regulator

    Now my mind has gone blank, lol! There are no dumb questions and lots of people here willing to answer any and all. Welcome from Nebraska!!!

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    Free motion quilting can be done on a domestic machine or a longarm machine. It is guiding the quilt sandwich or guiding the machine. No computer... You can mark the quilt, use pantographs, or I do it completely freehand with no marking or pattern.

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    keep reading, you'll get the hang of it. and the answers to the other questions will become clear.

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    This might help with the sizes of fat quarters, turnovers, honeybuns etc

    http://www.clotilde.com/pages/fabric.html

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    Welcome! I'm glad that you found the board. Just remember that there are no stupid questions, except the one's that you don't ask. We are were 'beginner's' at one time or another. You will find that the quilter's on here are very patient and understanding. But most of all, helpful. Welcome from Columbus, Ohio!

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