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Thread: Let's talk quilt abbreviations

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Recently there was a topic about abbreviations, but turns out they were regular ones as opposed to quilting ones.

    We've had discussions about PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) and WIPS Work In Progress and we've joked back and forth about whipped pigs and such.

    I know that a BOM is a block of the month. I get how they work in a store and how that is different from how they work online. They are so much more expensive online. But the BOM's that are here, there are 2 a month. Are these posted patterns that can be joined anytime or is there a specific month one starts ie. January. We use our own fabrics? are there color guidelines?

    What about exchanges. Sometimes FQ's, sometimes blocks. What are the rules to those?

    Also, Konstatin recently had an article about mystery quilts that I found very informing.

    I know that FQ's are fat quarters and that there are layer cakes and jelly rolls. There are even these new things that are half of a fat quarter or some such nonsense. I am a full yardage kinda girl myself.

    Thanks to Jennifer Chiaverini....I have an elementary education of round robins. What are swaps? Do each of these things have rules, where each individual round robin or swap is different?

    I just thought we could talk about this for a while. I still consider myself a basic quilter. But I feel even more of a newbie about how things work online than in a brick and mortar.

    Any thoughts?


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    Super Member Shemjo's Avatar
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    Dec 2008
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Those are all good questions! I am a newbie to the board, had lurked for a while before I joined. I was wondering about many of those same things, but didn't know enough to ask! Always figure that I will be able to figure things out in context! NOT!

    Another Sharon

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    So. California
    Good questions Melissa! I'll try to answer a few of them....

    As for the BOM we have here, it actually started as one-a-month, but so many people signed up to pick a block pattern that we opted to post 2 per month so that it wouldn't be years long! You can join in anytime, and there is no pressure to do ALL of the blocks - you can just make them as you can, and if you think one is too far out of your comfort zone, you can skip to the next one. You pick your own colors & use your own fabrics.

    I think each of our exchanges has its own set of "rules", set by the person who organizes it.

    Hope that helps :D

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    Junior Member Polly C's Avatar
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    Sep 2008
    This year our quilt guild is starting something new - TOM - technique of the month.

    Just another acryonym for you !!

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