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Thread: Abbreviations

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    I've been a quilter for over 25 years, but have just joined this Board this week. I am amazed at all the abbreviations used in the posts. I wish someone would at least once list the abbreviations you used so I can print a list of them to look at as I read. I am 76 years old and tend to forget those things. Thank you.

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    If you click on the "Search" link at the top and search for the word, "Abbreviation," you'll get lots of links for previous discussions about all the acronyms. :)

    Welcome to the board! :)

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    More information than you really wanted:):):)

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    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
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    don't feel badly about it at all. this question comes up frequently. i did a search for 'acronyms' and here is a list of the results. read through and you will get lots of help. welcome to the board.

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    Super Member thepolyparrot's Avatar
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    Here's a list that's been posted that contains a lot of the abbreviations specific to this board:



    BBT = Be Back Tomorrow
    BOB = Beginner’s Only Block (swap)
    BOM = Block of the Month
    Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares
    Charms = Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
    COC = cream on cream
    CT = Connecting Threads
    D4P = Double four patch
    D9P = Disappearing Nine Patch
    DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband
    DIC = Double Irish Chain
    Dimes = 10" squares
    DIY = Do it yourself
    DSM = domestic sewing machine
    DWR = Double Wedding Ring
    EPP = English Paper Piecing
    EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, and now EQ7)
    F8/FE = Fat Eighth
    FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
    FFO = Finally Finished Object
    FIU = Finish It Up
    FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted
    FM = free motion quilting
    FQ = Fat Quarter
    Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)
    FW = Featherweight
    FW = fusible web, no brand specific
    GF = girl friend or God forbid or Grandmother's Fan
    GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden
    HP = hand piecing
    HQ = hand quilting
    HST = Half square triangle
    HSY = Haven't Started Yet (pronounced hussy)
    Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set
    KWIM = Know what I mean
    LA = LongArmer, professional machine quilter
    LAQ = Long Arm Quilter
    LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine
    LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!
    LMBO = Laughing my butt off!
    LOL = Laugh out loud
    LQS = Local Quilt Shop
    MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
    Nickles = 5" squares
    Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric
    NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT)
    OBW = One Block Wonder
    OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy
    PFD = fabric that is Prepared For Dyeing
    PHD = Project Half Done
    PIF+ pay it forward— sending something to someone--- cause it feels good! Free, or for postage only.
    PIGs = Project In a Grocery Sack
    PIPS = projects in process
    PITS = Project In Totes
    PIW = project in waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)
    PP = paper piecing
    QIMM = Quilts in My Mind
    QOTD = Question of the day, Quick off topic discussion or quilting off topic discussion
    QR = Quilt Related
    QST= Quarter Square Triangles
    Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy
    RR = Round Robin
    SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine
    SaS = Steam a Seam
    SEX = Stash Enhancement EXperience (or eXcursion)
    SID = stitch-in-the-ditch quilting
    Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them
    SnW = Stack and Whack
    SQ = Simply Quilts
    Squishie = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)
    STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
    TBQ = To Be Quilted
    TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
    TIC = Triple Irish Chain
    TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust
    TOT = Tone On Tone
    TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group/WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.
    UFO = UnFinished Object
    USO = UnStarted Object
    VIP = Very Important Project
    WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
    WIMM = Work in my mind
    WIP = Work in progress
    WISP = Work In Slow Progress
    WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress
    WIWMI = Wish It Would Make Itself
    WOA = Work of art
    WOF = Width of Fabric
    WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
    WOW = White On White
    WWIT = What Was I Thinking
    xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild
    YBR = yellow brick road
    YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle

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    Thanks so very much for all of your effort in typing this. I am printing it off.

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    I can't take credit for any of it - I just copied and pasted it from someone else's post in that other thread (conversation) - the link at the top of the list. :)

    Happy quilting!

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    If you do a google search on the subject "internet abbreviations" or "texting abbreviations" you will get an updated list. The list is ALWAYS changing as teens find new ways to text POS (parent over shoulder).

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa.

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