June Magazine: in an English Country garden…

by Helen on May 25, 2012

You might have noticed that I’ve been extremely quiet this week (most unlike me!).  You may think it’s because I’ve been spending all day on the beach, splashing around in the surf with my faithful canine companion.  Well .. it’s true … there has been some splashing – it’s been very warm here for the last few days and Ben has been enjoying lovely cooling swims in the early mornings.  His coat is very thick and he doesn’t enjoy the heat, so when we get home from the beach I wash the salt water from his fur and leave him to drip dry in the cool slate courtyard at the back of the house.  He really seems to appreciate this, and hardly moves at all until it’s time for his tea!

Group Photo

But there has also been a great deal of work going on here at Coombe Leigh.  With the magazine deadline looming I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to my projects for the June issue (out next Thursday).   That’s them above, photographed in the gazebo… with a definite country garden theme… 

Two Lovely Tea Cosies

There are twin cosies  to keep your teapot snug in case of cool breezes.   One features a 1930′s inspired posy of garden flowers with hand embroidery and applique, whilst the other is a very patriotic scrappy Union Jack version.  Then there’s the teapot cushion…

Teapot Cushion

Here in good old Blighty we appreciate the restorative qualities of a really nice cuppa – so I’m spreading the word with this machine applique cushion.  Then there’s my favourite … the little bunny pyjama case …

Bunny Pyjama Case (2)

 Isn’t he cute nibbling on his lettuce leaf?  He’s fairly large – he closes along his base with a 12″ zip, but you could always downsize him to make the most endearing pencil case.   Also in this month’s magazine as well as articles and vintage patterns, you’ll discover more free motion quilting from Leah Day and an interview with Emily Taylor, designer of the Verona fabric collection for Riley Blake.  I used her fabric in my final project for this month’s magazine, my Summer Roses table runner …..

Summer Roses Table Runner

 Seen here on the table in my gazebo after I’d finished my photoshoot.  And of course if you subscribe before the June issue is published you’ll receive not only all these patterns, but the full May Issue too and your free gift, a copy of my e-book “The Stitcher’s Companion.”  All for your first subscription payment of just $5.50 – a real bargain – but only for the next 5 days!  Just click here to learn more and subscribe.  And I’ll leave you with another photo of my bunny …

Bunny Pyjama Case(1)

 Hope you like him!!

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Linda B May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

What a cute bunny! He looks so contented munching away on his lettuce leaf!
Looking forward to June’s magazine …..
X Linda

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CatkinJane May 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

It all looks so lovely, I think the teapot cushion is my favourite. Then I drink so much tea some family members call me the teapot!

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