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Tile Motif Pillow
Tile Motif Pillow

Created by: Michele Mishler

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Level: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours

Complete the living room ensemble with a collection of coordinating pillows. Down pillow forms are recommended, because they are so soft and easier to group and position. Add an invisible zipper to make the simple construction even easier!

The Home Dec fabrics used in the collection of pillows varied in weight from very lightweight silks to heavier upholstery fabric. A new product, Jenny Haskins Sheer Magic, was used on the lighter weight fabrics to prevent puckering.

The tile motif is created in Digitizer MBX, using a unique application of the Offset Border Tool. The tile motif is then duplicated to fit the large SQ23 Hoop.

Janome Supplies Required:

Horizon MC12000
PC with HorizonLink software
Digitizer MBX
A foot
P foot
Janome Blue Tip Needles
Janome pre-wound bobbins

Fabric and Notions Required:

1 1/4 yd home dec fabric, 54" width
(Makes two 20" pillows)
Two 20" invisible zipper
Two 20" down pillow form
Tear away stabilizer
Jenny Haskins Sheer Magic
Matching all purpose thread
Embroidery thread
Removable marker

Basic Pillow Construction
1. For each pillow, cut two 20" squares.
2. Unzip the invisible zipper. Sew the invisible zipper to one side of one of the squares.
3. Sew the remaining side of the invisible zipper to one side of the second square, making sure the pattern of the fabric is oriented correctly.
4. Leave the zipper open a few inches.
5. Fold the zipper in half lengthwise, matching the zipper tape. Pin at each end.
6. Fold the fabric in half, matching the raw edges of the square. Pin.
7. Sew around the pillow with a 1/2" seam allowance, starting just before the end of the zipper, pivoting at each corner, and end just after pivoting at the other end of the zipper.

Embroidery Design

1. Open Digitizer MBX Easy Design.
2. Select MC12000 as your choice of machine.
3. Select SQ23 Hoop.
4. Select Parallel Weave Fill: Circle. Create a 60 mm circle.
5. Position the circle in the upper left hand quadrant of the hoop, with the side of the circle touching the center markings of the hoop.

6. Select Copy to Circle. Adjust the number to 4. Enter.
7. A message will appear: Do you want to merge the overlapped objects? Click on Yes.

8. Select the Offset Object Tool. Adjust the Offset to .30 mm, and the Offset Count to 20. Click OK.
9. Select the Offset Outline and change the colour to 230 Bright Blue.
10. Select the original motif, and select Offset Object. Adjust the Offset to 0.0 mm and the Offset Count to 1. Click OK. Select and change the colour to 230 Bright Blue.
11. Select the original motif, and select Offset Object. Adjust the Offset to -0.30 mm and the Offset Count to 20. Click OK. Select and change the colour to 216 Pale Sky.
12. Delete the original motif. This will leave only the outlines.

13. Select All, and rotate the motif 45 degrees.
14. Open the Object Details and resize the design to 114 mm x 114 mm. Click OK. Place the motif in the upper left quadrant of the hoop. In Object Details, the X,Y coordinates should be -57, 57.
15. Control D to duplicate the design. In Object Details, adjust the X,Y coordinates to 57, 57.
16. Control D, and adjust the X,Y coordinates of the third motif to 57, -57.
17. Control D, and adjust the X,Y coordinates of the fourth motif to -57, -57.

18. Select the innermost outline of each motif. Select Object Details and change the Single Run Line to Candlewicking Line. Change the colour to 272 Old Gold.

19. Using the Colour Bar, sort the colours to reduce the number of thread changes.
20. Save the design as 'Tile Motif'.
21. Send the design to the Horizon MC12000.
22. Select Print Preview. Click on Options and tick the box for Cloth Setter Marking. Click OK.
23. Select Print and change the number of copies to four.
24. Overlap the pages, trimming where necessary, to create a design four by four motifs in size.
25. Set up the Horizon MC12000 for professional style embroidery. Thread the machine with embroidery thread and insert a pre-wound bobbin.
26. Cut two squares of fabric 22" x 22". Place the template on the fabric, centering the designs. Mark the placement for the embroidery.
27. Hoop the fabric with stabilizer, centering the placement mark for one section. Embroider each section.
28. When the embroidery is complete, remove the excess stabilizer and press the embroidery from the wrong side. Repeat for the second square of fabric.
29. From the remaining fabric cut two squares 20" square. Trim the embroidered fabric to 20" square. Complete the pillows according to the basic instructions.

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