"Kat Bytes"
a monthly newsletter of StudioKat Designs
Issue #187  February 2021 
So... if anything has been a common thread for this past year, it seems to me its that most everyone is ready for life to go back to normal... when they can do they things they love & plan for their futures. I've felt this way too at times! 
But here's the deal... even though not being able to plan one's future is tough at any age, I've learned that one of the most important skills you can develop in life (no matter your age), is being OK with some discomfort. You know why? Because many of the best things in life are hard to handle at times, & if you shy away from difficulty & discomfort, you’ll live a life of safety, BUT, you might just miss out on something pretty wonderful along the way...
Think about it this way...Learning is hard. Raising a family is hard. Writing a book is hard. A marriage is hard. Running a marathon is hard. But all of them... ALL... OF... THEM... are amazing!
And speaking of amazing, we've got a lot of fun stuff for you in this edition of Kat Bytes, so... We better get started!
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February 2021 "Eye Candy"
It’s time for your monthly treat for the eyes & this month's selection of bags is really AMAZING!  ALL of the bags pictured below have been shared recently on either our FaceBook business page, our Instagram feed or on our Group page on FaceBook
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Ray McCoy made this fun Festival Pocket Belt for a friend who is active in Renaissance & German Festivals. He evidently dresses as a pirate & has no place to put stuff… but now does!

And this is Ray McCoy‘s interpretation of our Flaptastic pattern! He said the fun fabric he used is by Laura Heine & is called. “Bird in Hand”.
This is Linda Carrington‘s version of our Sling Along design! She said she had fun picking out fabric for this bag and will definitely be making MORE!

And don’t you just LOVE the “mother/daughter” Sling Along‘s that Joy Carr created? I’m hoping they can show them off in a Disney Park sometime this year!
Ray McCoy chose this cool fabric after seeing a picture of one of my cats sitting on a stack of boxes in my studio. I LOVE this Sling Along!!!

 This is the 2nd Bangle Buddie Gwen Walker‘s has made. She gave the 1st one to her daughter. She added piping to the exterior, a keyring & 2 mesh pockets on the interior!
And Joy Carr finally made a brand new Sling Along for HERSELF for a brand new year and I’m thinking she’s going to have great fun carrying this one too!

Ray McCoy decided to close out his year by making this impressive Quattro for his daughter-in-law! I bet she flipped!
Beth Knisely is the “Bag Lady” at her local Quilt Shop and has high hopes of being able to carry her new ErgoMatic somewhere FUN real SOON!
And finally, Nancy Rosa is back having made this Wrapsody for her neighbor and don’t you just LOVE the striped bias binding Nancy chose to use with this exterior? Genius!
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Some Good Reading!
And now... We dug DEEP into the Archives for this "Oldie but Goodie"!
8/19/09- Listmania --- so am I the only one who LOVES making lists?
For your Viewing Pleasure-
So... along with my grandkids, we had a very funny experience with a prairie dog when we were traveling thru the South Dakota Badlands this past summer. I wish I couldve gotten it on video, but this video was reminiscent   of it. Click HERE to enjoy it!
Coming Soon from StudioKat Designs- the Gemini FlightBag
Our next new pattern, The Gemini FlightBag,  is comingright along and hopefully will be ready for release sometime in March 2021.

For many more pictures & details about this new design, just click on any or ALL of the links below!
Quote of the Month-
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A 53-year-old newspaper editor named Andy contacted me with an undeniably good idea: Parents should buy their kids a typewriter. He laid out his case, which is flawless and goes a little something like this, but in my own words:
It’s a sensory experience!
It has louder-than-usual keys, which would be incredibly annoying under some situations, but since I spend my typing time alone in my home office, I’ll admit that I freaking love it. Click HERE to read more!
As Funny As Real Life-
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Last summer, Jali Henry was feeling lonely and depressed after many of her friends moved out of the city because of the pandemic. “I literally had no one,” she said. “I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’”
As a corporate recruiter working from home, Ms. Henry started to foster kittens, too. “I used to feel like I didn’t want to be in New York anymore, but once I started fostering,” she said, “I finally found something that made me happy and really occupied my time.”  Click HERE to read more.
Styles has started a series of print-and-keep D.I.Y. wardrobe customization ideas, similar to the sewing patterns that glossy magazines used to provide. We want you to remember the joy of fashion and learn (or remember) how to make things at home. Some of fashion’s best-known creative talents will be on hand to guide you through the process. Click HERE to read more.
Featured Product of the Month- the OutBreaker
This month we're featuring our OutBreaker pattern, which can actually be worn TWO different ways! Simply unzip the unique zippered strap to convert this shoulder bag to a full-on backpack. It's PERFECT for travel, shopping sporting events and so much MORE!
Additionally, we are featuring our brand new Zipper Locks on this design. How often have you thought about wearing a backpack, but worried about the contents of your bag being at risk from pickpockets? Click HERE to find out more!
So... this month we're offering you the option of using discount code WM4EOUT to get $3.99 off the retail price of the OutBreaker pattern OR the OutBreaker Zipper & Notions Kit! Don't delay though because this code will be expire at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday night, February 16th!   
This coupon code cannot be used for previous purchases or in combination with other discount offers.
Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule (we hope!)
A Mountain Quilt Festival - May 5-8, 2021 - Pigeon Forge, TN
International Fall Quilt Market 2021- Oct 23-25, 2021 - Houston, TX  
International Fall Quilt Festival 2021
- Oct 28-31, 2021 - Houston, TX
  Road to California 2022 - Jan 20-23, 2022  - Ontario, CA
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2021 - Feb 24-27, 2022 - Hampton, VA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah 2022 - April 20-23, 2022 - Paducah KY 
So that's it fow now. I'll look for you around the 30th for Kat Bits & again at mid-month in March for Kat Bytes! 
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PS- Join the February 2021 FabShopHop!

There's still PLENTY of time to join the February FabShop Hop for a chance to win amazing prizes!

Read the How to Hop guidelines and the Rules of the Game then click HERE for the List of Shops.
Psst! We're on the list! Wink
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