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Valentine Pillow

Created by: Annie Moody

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Level: Intermediate

Annie Moody shares her love for machine Trapunto with this Valentine Pillow. Follow her easy technique instructions below. The center embroidery is a design from the MC8000 Design Gallery CD ROM. Knowledge of the Customizer or Digitizer software program is helpful to complete this project.

Download Heart Feather Pattern as a PDF, using the link at the top of this page.
Increase the template size 140% and print two copies - one as a mirror image.

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Janome America's newest Educational Coordinator, shares her love for machine Trapunto with this Valentine Pillow. Follow her easy technique instructions below. The center embroidery is a design from the MC8000 Design Gallery CD ROM. Knowledge of the Customizer or Digitizer software program is helpful to complete this project.

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Memory Craft 11000, 10001, 10000, 9700, 9500, or 300E (embroidery only)
  • MC8000 Design Gallery CD ROM
  • Customizer 10000 Plus, Customizer 11000, Digitizer 10000, or Digitizer 11000
  • ATA PC Card or jump drive
  • Clothsetter 10000 or Clothsetter 11000 extension table
  • Standard Hoop A
  • Embroidery Foot P
  • Overedge Foot C
  • Darning foot P2
  • Ditch Quilting foot S
  • Janome Bobbin thread
  • Janome tearaway stabilizer
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • Two 18" squares washable red satin
  • Two 18" squares muslin
  • Two 18" squares fusible batting
  • 1 yd. 3/16" white twist edging
  • Water-soluble thread
  • Robison-Anton Rayon Embroidery thread - #2297 (Snow White) and #2266 (Radiant Red)
  • Red all-purpose sewing thread
  • White all-purpose sewing thread
  • Water-soluble marker
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Quilt motif stencil (optional)

Center Embroidery:

  1. Insert MC8000 Design Gallery CD ROM into your CD Drive.
  2. Open either Customizer or Digitizer Janome software program. Click on the Open icon.
  3. Open the CD. Open 05 Holiday Series folder. Open design 0510, Be Mine with Heart.
  4. Print a template with crosshairs for perfect placement.
  5. Transfer the design to the Memory Craft using direct connection or an ATA PC Card, j ump drive or wirelessly .
  6. Open the design in the Memory Craft.
  7. Set up the Memory Craft for Professional-Style Embroidery.
  8. Place Robison-Anton Snow White Embroidery thread in the needle and Janome Bobbin thread in the bobbin.
  9. Fold one 18" square of red satin in quarters to find the center.
  10. Mark center with a water-soluble marker.
  11. Center the template created in step 2 with the centering marks on the fabric.
  12. Place a layer of tear-away stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric where the design will be sew.
  13. Use the Clothsetter for perfect placement to set the fabric in Embroidery Hoop A.
  14. Place the hoop on the carriage and sew the design.
  15. When embroidery design is completely stitched, remove the hoop from the carriage and the fabric from the hoop. Clip threads and remove stabilizer.

Machine Trapunto and Free-Motion Quilting

  1. Download Heart Feather quilting motif.
    Note: The template size needs to be increased to 140%. Only one side of the design is given. When printing, mirror image the template for the opposite side. Tape the motifs together to create a Heart. To transfer the Heart motif onto the Satin, place the design on a light box or tape to a window. Place the Satin on top and trace the outline of the Heart.
  2. Transfer Heart Feather quilting motif, or use a quilting motif of your choice, on satin using water-soluble marker.
  3. Make a quilt sandwich of satin, fusible batting and muslin.
  4. Iron the fusible batting to the satin and muslin according to manufacturer's directions.
  5. Set up the Memory Craft for free-motion quilting.
    Note: Memory Craft 11000, and 10000 owners: Press the Sewing Application key in Ordinary Sewing. Press the Quilting key. Press the Free Motion key. Attach the P2 foot.
  6. Place water-soluble thread in the needle and White all-purpose thread in the bobbin. Free motion stitch over the marked quilt motif.
  7. When all stitching is completed, carefully cut away all the muslin and batting around the outside of the quilt design, so that only the batting left is that which fills up the center of the quilt design.
    Note: Even though fusible batting is used, it easily pulls away from the satin with very little effort. Annie prefers to use the fusible batting with satin because it is so slippery.
  8. Layer the pillow top again with muslin and fusible batting.
  9. Replace the water-soluble thread with Robison-Anton Snow White thread.
  10. Following the same path stitched in step 4, stitch over the quilt design once again.
  11. Using a spray bottle of water, spray the pillow top to remove the markings and the water-soluble thread. The water-soluble thread will dissolve leaving the bobbin thread. Simply pull out the bobbin thread and all that will remain is the beautiful Trapunto.
  12. Change the needle thread to Robison-Anton Radiant Red.
  13. Place Red all-purpose sewing thread in the bobbin.
  14. Stipple quilt between the center embroidery and the machine Trapunto.

Pillow Assembly

  1. Using the Trapunto design as a guide, trim the pillow front to form a heart shape allowing for a 5/8" seam allowance.
  2. Using the 3/16" twist edging, start from the bottom point of the heart and pin edging to pillow top with raw edges of fabric even with the flat side of twist edging.
  3. Select Straight Stitch #1. Adjust the stitch length to 3.0.
  4. Attach the Ditch Quilting foot S
  5. Place Red all-purpose sewing thread in the needle and bobbin.
  6. Sew the twist edging to pillow front with the blade on the Ditch Quilting foot resting against the twist edging.
  7. Place pillow front and satin backing fabric wrong sides together.
  8. Using a water-soluble marker trace the heart shape on the backing fabric. Cut out the heart shape.
  9. Pin pillow front and back right sides together.
  10. Adjust the straight stitch length to 2.2.
  11. Using a 5/8" seam allowance stitch the front to back leaving approximately a 3" opening on one side for turning.
  12. Clip corners, notch point and grade the seam allowance.
  13. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff with fiberfill stuffing.
  14. Sew opening closed with a slipstitch.

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