Can you help the Oxford English Dictionary to identify and record the words, phrases, and expressions particular to our quilting?   You could make a difference and see our craft vocabulary embedded into the English language for good .. fat quarters or any of the quirky phrases we use daily are not often understood by people outside of our craft.

The OED is looking to include the words and phrases Quilting and Patchwork people use daily in their next edition .. here’s what they are saying ….



“You know that feeling you get when you’re telling someone about your favourite hobby—perhaps you’re a quilter, a ballroom dancer, a gamer, or a caver—but every other word you use is greeted with a blank look? Doesn’t everyone know what a fat quarter, a heel turn, or an ear dipper is? Maybe not, but if a term is in common use within a particular community then it is a candidate for inclusion in the OED, and we would love to hear about it! That’s why we’re asking for your help in identifying and recording the vocabulary of all your hobbies and pastimes.”

The words and phrases used by Quilters when talking about a shared hobby or pastime can be little-known to outsiders, and are often interesting coinages with unique histories. So whether you’re a bee-keeper or a train-spotter, a knitter, Quilter, Sewist, or a collector of any sort, the OED would like to hear from you. Please use the form at this link to tell them about the unique vocabulary relating to our craft. They are particularly interested in slang words and phrases, as opposed to technical terms, as the former are harder to trace in print and so are less likely to have come already to the attention of dictionary editors. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #hobbywords.