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Heritage Quilter's Guild

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Napanee ON  K7R 3L2


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Quilter’s glossary: need to know terms to properly read a quilt pattern- From Craftsy


Understanding fabric grain

Selvage: The finished edge of fabric, which is typically removed before cutting. In quilting fabric, one side often includes the designer or manufacturer.

Crosswise grain: If you cut or draw a line from selvage to selvage, this is the crosswise grain; has more stretch than a lengthwise grain.


Lengthwise grain: The direction running parallel to the selvages; has the leastamount of stretch.


Bias: The 45-degree diagonal across a cut of fabric. Has the most stretch and is often used to create bias tape or quilting bindings.


Terms of measurement & fabric cuts

WOF: “Width of fabric.” Commonly used in a quilt pattern to describe cutting dimensions. For example, cut 5″ x WOF strip means to cut a 5″ strip from selvage to selvage, along the crosswise grain.


WOFQ: “Width of fat quarter,” (see above).


WOFE: “Width of fat eighth,” (see above).


LOF: Length of fabric, which runs along the lengthwise grain parallel to the selvage.


Yard: 36″ x width of fabric, typically 42″ to 44″ wide


Fat Quarter: 18″ x 22″ cut of fabric


Fat Eighth: 18″ x 11″ cut of fabric (half of a fat quarter)


Charms: 5″ x 5″ pre-cut fabric squares


Layer cake: 10″ x 10″ pre-cut fabric squares


Jelly roll: 2.5″ x WOF pre-cut strips 


Quilt assembly terms

Basting: Method used to temporarily join together the three layers: quilt top, batting and quilt back. You can baste with safety pins, a needle and thread, adhesive basting spray, etc.


Binding: The final strip of fabric sewn around the perimeter of the quilt to seal the edges


Borders: Fabric frame that goes around a quilt top


HST: Half-square triangle, a common unit in quilting


RST / WST: Right sides together / Wrong sides together (refers to fabric with front / back sides touching)


Sashing: Fabric strips sewn in between blocks


SA: Seam allowance, which is the measurement along the side as two fabrics are joined together; these are most often a scant 1/4″ for quilting (slightly less than 1/4″).


Square up: To trim a quilt block until edges are even


Stitch in the ditch: To quilt along the natural seams


UFO: Unfinished object


WIP: Work in progress