top of page

What the FPP is that?! Quilting Terms: A Vernacular Guide for Beginner Quilters

Updated: May 30, 2023

Tori McElwain from The Quilt Patch by Tori

 

To keep in touch, sign up for the monthly Newsletter here!

 

It’s here!!! What the FPP is that?! Quilting Terms: A Vernacular Guide for Beginner Quilters!


What an excellent little Guide for beginners!


I began quilting when I was 9 years old and oh wow! That language! I remember breaking down at the sewing machine as my mom tried to tell me how to sew a straight “seam” for probably the 12th time. What the FPP is a seam??

Obviously, I’ve learned a lot since then, but that frustration stayed with me for decades afterward! I’ve been quilting on and off for 20 years. When I hear the terms “seam,” “block,” or “tension” my insides still have a shadow of that super frustrated feeling that made me break down at 9 years old. I never want my students to go through that, so I created a guide! It’s not just a mini dictionary. At its core, it’s a fun and visual guide to the most confusing terms a beginner quilter will encounter in patterns, classes, and on social media. Including an entire section on Acronyms!


I had some help from social media, with a survey post in several quilting groups. I asked them ”Were there any quilting or sewing terms that confused you when you first started sewing?” The response was phenomenal! I recieved over 200 comments on one post and over 225 on another, with about 25 on a smaller groups’ survey. I also asked what were the most frustrating or confusing terms in quilting, from friends, family, students and even my husband who doesn’t quilt. Thank you all so much!


I need to thank Darla Hall, my mom and award winning Long Armer, who proof read my Guide and sent me pictures to add! Check out her stash on page 27!


I also have a special thank you to my extra vigilant sister, Tisha Capuyan, who edited my guide twice for me live over Zoom!


The Guide has been researched with explanations as I understand each term, with a few tips and tricks and humor thrown in!

If there is more you’d like to see added, or a better way to understand a term, feel free to email me your suggestion. I’m always learning and nothing is ever perfect (although I try!).

The paper version is available here! The PDF is free and you can find the link below!

Have a great one! Happy sewing!


 

Feel free to check out the available classe by clicking here!

To keep in touch or stay up-to-date, sign up for the monthly Newsletter here!

 




99 views0 comments

Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
bottom of page