Do you know you UFO’s from your WIP’s? Quilters have acronyms for everything!

BC = bias cut

BOB = Beginner’s Only Block (swap)

BOM = Block of the Month

DF = double fold

DSM = Domestic Sewing Machine

DWR = Double Wedding Ring

FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip

FIU = Finish It Up

FOB = Fear of Binding

FQ = Fat Quarter

HIPS = Hundreds of Ideas Piling Skyward

HST = Half-Square Triangle

HSY = Haven’t Started Yet

LAQ= Long Arm Quilter

LOF = length of fabric

LQS = Local Quilt Shop

MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter

OBW = One-Block Wonder

PhD = Projects half Done

PIGS = Projects in Grocery Sacks

RST = right sides together

SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

SEX = Stash Enhancing Experience (or Excursion)

SF = single fold

SOG = straight of grain

STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden

TGIF = Thank God It’s Finished!

TOT = Tone-on-Tone

UFO = UnFinshed Object

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

WOF = Width of Fabric

WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time

WOW = White On White

WST = wrong sides together

WWIT = What Was I Thinking


  1. Karen Wallis

    Would be helpful for those who don’t know the meanings, if acronyms were hypelinked or popup created across the website linked to this list. Saves getting asked frequently what it means.
    Perhaps I should post this in website suggestions?