Heart Pillow

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

True love is not only shown on Valentine's Day, but also during every other day throughout the year. Janome Maker Milinda Stephenson used the Horizon Memory Craft 15000's embroidery and quilting designs along with a mix of Valentine's Day and pastel fabrics to create a beautiful Heart Pillow as a winter-to-spring transition statement. 

Milinda's Heart Pillow is perfect to add to an office lobby to welcome guests and employees. It is also great to add to your living room couch, a rocking chair or even a bed. Follow along Milinda's instructions below to make your own. 

Janome Supplies Required

Click here to download the Quilted Heart Reverse Applique .JEF file.

  • Janome embroidery machine with built-in quilting designs
  • White fabric
  • White flannel
  • Valentine's Day or pink fabric
  • Pastel fabric
  • White embroidery thread
  • Washaway-tearaway stabilizer
  • SQ14 Hoop

Heart Applique Square

Step 1: Hoop Fabric

  • Hoop the three layers of fabric.
  • The top layer will be the white fabric.
  • The middle layer will be the white flannel.
  • The bottom layer will be the pink heart fabric.

Step 2:

  • Sew color 1. (heart outline)

Step 3:

  • Remove the embroidery hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop. 
  • Cut out the heart using sharp, curved embroidery scissors.

Step 4:

  • Sew color 2. (satin applique stitch)

Step 5:

  • Sew color 3. (stippling stitch)

Step 6:

  • Sew color 4. (square outline)

Step 7: 

  • Remove from the hoop.
  • Trim 1/2" from the square outline.

Built-in Quilt Design Square:

  • Hoop the fabric, flannel lining and Anna Maria Horner washaway-tearaway stabilizer.
  • Choose color 4 from the quilted heart applique design above. This will create a same-size square outline so that all of your blocks are symmetrical.
  • Choose one of the wonderful built-in quilt designs on your Janome embroidery machine. 
  • Sew out the design, remove it from the hoop and trim 1/2" from the outline square edge.

Sew Together Your Pillow Top:

  • After you have compiled the number of squares and placed them as you wish, sew the squares together using 1/2" seams.
  • Your finished squares should be about 5 1/2". For the 16" pillow form, you will need approximately 9 squares.
  • Milinda sewed an envelope backing on her pillow top using 1/2" seams. It is super easy and lovely!
Everyone is Talking about Heart Pillow

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!

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