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Blue December Pillow
A Free Pattern from our friends at Janome!

Dreaming of a snow filled December? Create this delightful throw pillow with the Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP Special Edition. Enjoy the precise stitches from this machine while piecing your pillow top, then put your own creative touch on the pillow with great quilting. Try the convertible free motion quilting foot, or for a more structured look, some straight line quilting. The Janome MC8900QCP does a spectacular job of tackling any quilting project and will give your home an festive look this season.

Click here for a Downloadable PDF: janome_blue-dec-pillow

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Sewing Time: 6-8 hours

Janome Supplies Required:
HMC8900QCP Special Edition
¼” Seam foot O
Convertible free motion quilting foot QB-S
Dual feed foot holder
Dual feed foot AD
Blue tip needle
Pre-wound bobbin
Empty bobbin

Fabrics/Notions Required:
(1) 18” pillow form

1 charm square Kona Storm (A) sub cut into:
(4) 1.5”x1.5” squares

1 fat quarter Kona Malibu (B) sub cut into:
(12) 1.5” x 1.5” squares

1 fat quarter Kona Peacock (C)sub cut into:
(8) 1.5” x 2.5” and (8) 1.5” x 1.5” squares

1 fat quarter Kona Alegria (D) sub cut into:
(16) 1.5” x 2.5” and (8) 1.5” x 1.5” squares

1/3 yard low volume neutral (Cotton + Steel “Paper Bandana” in Paint Dot Cloud used in sample) (E) sub cut into:
(21) 1.5” x 1.5” squares
(4) 1.5” x 3.5”
(4) 1.5” x 5.5”
(4) 3” x 7.5”
(4) 6” x 6”
(2) 1.5” x 18.5”
(2) 1.5” x 21”

1-1/4 yds coordinating print/solid for envelope closure (and backing of quilted piece) Used Amy Butler Cameo in Pressed flowers for sample. Sub cut into:
(1) 24” x 24” square (this fabric will be on the interior of the pillow and will not show)
(1) 19” x 10”
(1) 19” x 14”
(1) 24” x 24” piece of batting-low to mid loft

Coordinating all-purpose sewing thread for piecing, quilting, and top-stitching

Other Supplies Required:
Rotary cutter/ruler/mat
Safety pins
Spray baste (optional)
Erasable marking pen

Figure 1
Piecing the pillow top

Figure 2
1. Cut fabric pieces as listed above in the supplies section. All seam allowances are ¼”, unless otherwise stated.

2. From the 1.5” x 1.5” squares cut, set out 13 (E) low volumes, all 4 (A) squares, and 8 of the (B) squares.

Figure 3

3. Place the squares in the positions above to prepare for piecing the center of the block.

Figure 4
4. Sew the 5 squares in each row with a ¼” seam allowance. Prior to pressing the seams, decide if you want to press to the side or press your seams open. If you press to the side, you will need to be sure to alternate your seams so they lay flat and don’t accumulate a bulky seam. The example above has seams pressed to the side, alternating directions.

Figure 6
5. Sew the rows together with a ¼” seam allowance.

6. Add side columns to your center piece. To make each side piece, sew a 2.5” x 1.5” fabric C (peacock) to a 1.5” x 1.5” fabric B (Malibu), then another 2.5” x 1.5” fabric C (peacock).

Press seams, then sew to the sides of the center piece.

Figure 7

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7. Make the top and bottom of the center piece by repeating step 6. On each end of the Malibu-peacock pieces, sew a 1.5” x 1.5” square. Press seams, then attach each one to the top and bottom of the center piece. Set this aside for now. Figure 9
8. Make the middle outer pieces with the following fabrics:
Top row: Low volume 3” x 7.5”
Row 2: 1.5” x 1.5” fabric D (Alegria), 1.5” x 5.5” low volume, 1.5” x 1.5” fabric D (Alegria)
Row 3: 1.5” x 2.5” fabric D (Alegria), 1.5” x 3.5” low volume, 1.5” x 2.5” fabric D (Alegria)
Row 4: 1.5” x 2.5” fabric D (Alegria), 1.5” x 1.5” fabric C (Peacock), 1.5” x 1.5” low volume, 1.5” x 1.5” fabric C (Peacock), 1.5” x 2.5” fabric D (Alegria)

9. Once these rows have been pieced together, press seams and sew each row to the next, following the layout. Repeat this step 4 times to complete all of these blocksFigure 10.
10. Take 2 of the blocks completed in step 8 and your center piece completed in step 7. Arrange as shown in the layout picture and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Press seams. Set aside.

11. In order to make the side pieces of the pillow top, repeat this step to make your two finished sides.

Figure 11

12. Take one 6” x 6” low volume, then one block completed in step 8, and one 6” x 6” low volume.

13. Sew together as shown in the layout. Press seams.

Figure 12
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14. Place the completed pieces from step 10 on both sides of the middle of your pillow form step 9. Sew together with a ¼” seam allowance. Press seams.

Figure 14

15. Now add a small border to the pillow top. On the left and right sides of the block, sew one 1.5” x 18.5” low volume strip to each side. Press seams.

16. On the top and bottom edges of the block, sew 1.5” x 21” strips to each edge. Press seams. This will be your completed pillow top.


Figure 15
1. Place the 24” x 24” square of backing fabric, wrong side up, on a flat surface (remember, this fabric won’t show when the pillow is complete–it will be on the lining side). Smooth your 24” x 24” piece of batting on top of this. Lay your finished pillow top right side up on top of the smoothed batting.

2. Smooth out any wrinkles or lumps and baste in place with safety pins or spray baste.

Figure 16
3. Quilt as desired. This is quilted in ½” straight lines with the Janome Dual feet foot. If you choose to free motion quilt, you will need the Janome Convertible free motion quilting foot.

Figure 17
4. Trim and square up from the center of the block so the quilted piece measures 19” x 19”.

Assembling the Pillow

Figure 18

1. Assemble your cut envelope pieces for the back of the pillow, (1) 19” x 10” and (1) 19” x 14”. On one 19” long edge of each of the envelope pieces, press ½” up, then press ½” up again to make a ½” hem. Topstitch the edges.

Figure 19
2. Place the quilted pillow front right side up on a flat surface. Figure 20

Take the hemmed 19” x 14” envelope piece and place the 19” raw edge even with the top of the quilted piece. Align the side raw edges as well. The 19” hemmed edge will be parallel to the top and bottom of the quilted piece, a little past the middle of the pillow top. Pin in place.

Figure 21
3. Take the hemmed 19” x 10” envelope piece and place the 19” raw edge even with the bottom raw edge of the quilted piece. Align the side raw edges as well. The hems of the envelope pieces will overlap. Pin in place.

Figure 22
4. Sew with ¼” seam allowance all the way around the pillow edges, being careful not to sew through pins. Clip the corners, being careful not to clip your stitches.

Figure 23
5. Serge the raw edges or use a zig zag stitch (stitch #11)
Figure 24

6. Turn your pillow case right side out, carefully pushing the corners out so they have a crisp point. Press flat. Topstitch the outer edge all the way around.

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7. Carefully put the pillow form inside the pillow case and enjoy!

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i love this pillow

Ann Walls

Couldn’t get it to download. Don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

Ann, We do not have this pattern set up as a downloadable PDF. I’ll check with Ann and see if we can make that happen. Thanks! Sylvia Thomas, AQS Social Media Manager