One of the pillows has a Southwestern theme, in terms of fabrics and the Horned Lizard in the center. This image I found online. I wrote the photographer for permission to use his image for a quilted project, and he readily agreed, saying he was flattered that I wanted to use it this way! I printed the image in reverse onto a wonderful product called TAP--Transfer Artists Paper. This is a polymer product that you then iron onto fabric, and the image comes out incredibly crisp and true.
A side note about what we used to call Horny Toads, when I was a child. We saw them everywhere in Austin, where I grew up! We'd catch the babies, keep them for a time in a shoe box, and then let them go. We used to say that we would "hypnotize" them by stroking them between the horns on their heads. I remember vividly how soft and appealing their little undersides were. Sadly, these critters are fast becoming extinct or at least they aren't as ubiquitous as they once were. They aren't a toad at all, but a lizard, as their proper name denotes.
The other pillow features his Uncle Rob's dog Zeno. Locke is crazy about this dog! He loves him, he says, more than his own dog. But Zeno is a dog any little boy would love, being a playful and active Border Collie. Whereas Rolie, the dog who lives at Locke's house, is a placid and sweet toy poodle, definitely a "lap dog." I used doggie themed fabric encircling Zeno's TAP image.
I like to give the non-birthday child one small gift, too, and so I made a throw pillow for his sister Lia, as well. For her, who loves Rolie, the poodle, I transferred images of Rolie, Rolie and Lia, and then I printed off a heart to add to the pillow top.
At present these are just tops--I'll work on the backs of the pillows later, but I wanted to get this post up before time got away with me.
Here are photos of the pillow tops. As usual, click to enlarge. Lia's pillow is actually smaller--12" square, whereas the two for Locke will be 16" pillows:
|Lia pillow top|
|Locke's Horned Lizard and Zeno pillow tops|
|The Horned Lizard close-up|