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Quilting Acronyms

Social media is all over the place.  You see acronyms like LOL, BTW, TOT and so on.  These are the more common abbreviations, but what does FART mean?    With tshirt quilts, we have several shortcuts that might seem greek to you.   Earlier, I was watching a YouTube video and literally SMD (spit my drink) while watching silly animals.  These are some more commonly used acronyms that quilters use, not necessariy pertaining to tshirt quits.

What Do Those Letters Mean?

BITE    Beige, Ivory, Tan, Ecru  (Fabric background color choices)
BOB    Beginner's Only Block (swap)
BOM    Block Of the Month
BOW    Block of the Week
BTW     By The Way
B9P  Blooming Nine Patch  (quilt pattern)
COC  Cream on Cream (fabric)
CW   Civil War
D9P    Disappearing Nine Patch  (quilt pattern)
DH     Dear/Darn/Darling Husband
DSM   Domestic Sewing Machine (home sewing machine, not long arm)

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All About Quilt Batting


A Little Bit About Batting

A quilt is like a sandwich and is made of three layers. The top, batting and backing. The batting is what goes in the middle of the "quilt sandwich.”  This little informational tutorial will discuss many different types and uses of batting (See 60 Uses for Batting ). You can choose from 100% cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, bamboo, wool, silk, etc.

To help decide which to use, you may want to ask yourself a few questions first:

    • What will the finished product be used for? Quilt, wall hanging, bed-spread, etc.
    • Who will the end user be? Does it need to be flame retardant for children?
    • Does it need to be especially warm?
    • In a warm climate - does it need to breathe?
    • How do I want the finished quilting project to look - flat or fluffy? Contemporary or traditional?
    • Do I need a light or dark batting?
    • Will it be hand or machine quilted?
    • How much am I willing to spend?
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5 Quilting Rules Made To Be Broken


What is the old adage?  "Rules are made to be broken"   Most of the time, rules are a good thing, like stopping at red lights, do unto others and so on. But, in the quilting world we do it differently.  I promise the "quilt police" won't come after you,  (however, if you are entering a quilt show, you might want to re-think your decisions).

5 Rules You MUST Never Break

Where did you learn about quilting?  Was it a quilt handed down from your grandmother?  OK, maybe your grandma taught you to quilt.  She probably started quilting before there were all the modern tools like rotary cutters (circa 1985), plastic rulers, printed patterns and quilt shops.  What?  They quilted before rotary cutters?  Yes,  my grandmother (Annie Scarlett) inspired me with her creativity.  When I declared that I was going to make a quilt, she laughed and sent me a box full of teensy tiny pieces of feedsacks that were already cut and ready to make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt.  

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How To Tie A Quilt


Tied Quilts

Tied quilts are an old tried and true method of holding the 3-layers together to make a quilt.  While I have quilts from both my grandmother and two of my great-grandmothers - my mom only 'tied' her quilts.  What?  My mom wanted to get quilt finished! The fastest way to get a quilt finished is to 'tie' the quilt.   My first  few quilts were hand-quilted.  My youngest daughter figured out pretty soon that to get her quilt done 'in her lifetime' was to have it tied.     I hate to admit, but as a beginning quilter I did most things 'wrong'.   Well, wrong as in my grandmother wouldn't have done it that way- LOL.

With Lindsey's blue and yellow spool quilt, I did all the cool piecing, added borders, but then to finish it up in a timely manner, I used Yellow Polyester Yarn to do the ties.  Hey, it is now 30+ years later, and while the fabrics have faded abit, the quilt is totally intact and will last another 30 -70 years.  What more could you ask?

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What Is A Quilt Sandwich?


What’s a Quilt Sandwich?

A quilt sandwich is what quilters call the three layers of a quilt.  The 'sandwich' consists of the quilt top, the batting and the backing. 

The quilt “sandwich” consists of backing, batting, and the quilt top. First, you’ll cut the backing 4” to 6” longer and wider than the quilt top.

If you’re planning to quilt the project yourself, you’ll baste the layers together using thread or safety pins. Use LARGE stitches (or safety pins) anywhere from 4 to 6 inches apart. 

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