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Issue #129--------April 2016
Well here we are... in between AQS shows! 
We loved meeting many of a few weeks ago in Lancaster, PA & we're looking for froward to seeing many MORE of you in a few days in Paducah, KY!
And in the meantime we've released our brand new pattern, the Walkabout Wallet, so needless to say, we're SUPER busy. 
Enjoy this month's edition of Kat Bytes, and we'll catch up with you at the end!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ!
Her "butterfly-inspired" Quattro jumped out to the lead pretty much from the outset of our March contest. She wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery. Click HERE to see her beautiful entry!

BUT...it's a new month and time to reset for a new contest,so just scroll down to see this month's entries!
We've got EIGHT more fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)

Let's kick this month off with this outstanding Triple Play by Pam Hayes who said she wasn't quite sure she would like this color combination until she got it all made up. I think it's VERY striking, don't you?

And Julie Holm of Australia made up this Baggalista to take on a holiday. She used a lightweight denim for the exterior along w/a Van Gogh-inspired print.
And in a notable departure from her usual theme, Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ actually used something other than a butterfly print for this QuattroAnd I gotta say, I've never seen dragons looking SO good as they do on this bag!
Jorji Boutte of California loved this fabric SO much that never could cut it until she found the perfect pattern to show off its beauty. This is Jorji's 2nd Quattro as she wore the 1st one out!
Next, here's a fun Wrapsody by Linda Sinasac. She said she had fun making this bag, and that she found the directions easy to follow! AND, I'll bet Linda's staying WAY more organized now!
And Randy Cooper said that the inspiration for this Quattro was the Don McLean song "Vincent". Her appliqué work on the front & back is lovely! The words on the back read as follows "the silver thorn of bloody rose lie crushed & broken on the virgin snow"... A famous line from that song!  
And Sherry Tankersley of Idaho Falls, ID tells me that this is the 5th Wrapsody she's made! I love the leather ties she used for zipper pulls. Just click HERE to see them.  :)
Veronica Johnson of TAS, Australia told me that she substituted Soft & Stable for certain areas of fusible fleece for this Gadabout. This should really add to the life expectancy of this bag and besides that, it's beautiful!
And finally, since there's butterflies in the print, then it shouldn't surprise you that this beautiful Quattro was made up by Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ. I love the little splash of teal on the side slash pockets!
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New from SKD- The Walkabout Wallet

              BREAKING NEWS!
   Our new pattern for Spring 2016 is HERE!
The Walkabout Wallet is our very first wallet pattern, but as you might suspect... there's WAY more to this wallet than first meets the eye!
Some of the features include: Slot storage for 9 cards, a secure zippered closure, and exterior zippered pocket AND a slot for your phone, PLUS bonus interior storage space for smaller items like reading glasses, keys etc. AND this Wallet can instantly be transformed into a handsfree crossbody or wristlet bag for those times when you'd rather not lug around your full-sized bag!
Click HERE -for more info, LOTS more pictures and to order your copy!!
From the Website- 
It's hard to believe, but we've just completed our twelfth cycle of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles, having published our new pattern, the Walkabout Wallet in late March. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC12 notation, and if you're new here, and you want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
And now... Check out this "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
Bobbin Around the Web- Artistically Engineered Designs
Bunnie Cleland's business started by accident in 2013 when she arranged some triangles into a quilting project and was prompted to translate her efforts into patterns.
As a former Navy Electronics Technician,
she understands the importance of precision and accuracy and discovered she had the talent for translating complex written directions into easy-to-follow instructions. This aided Bunnie in the creation of Triangle Frenzy's detailed, step-by-step illustrations for experienced beginners and intermediate level quilters! And to think it all began when her Mom "dragged her to a Quilt Show"!
There's currently 4 patterns in Bunnie's "Triangle Frenzy" collection. Just click here to consider many other fabrications! And while your there, don't forget to check out Bunnie's FaceBook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Cats are not always ideal office assistants and no one knows this better than me. Click image or HERE to see what I'm talking about! 
Think ALL dogs are athletic and graceful? WRONG!
And this video proves it!   Click image or HERE to watch it.
Do you get sick and tired of bringing your covered dish item to the gathering with the obligatory tin foil covering?  If so, just use this little tutorial to make sure that next time your dish will not only be delicious... but it will also win the "best-dressed" award! 
Click here to get the materials list and tutorial!
Look What I Found OnLine- 15 Websites that Make You Smarter
Most of us spend hours online scrolling through numerous web pages and reloading the same social media sites 500 times in a row. Calculate how many hours you spend meaninglessly checking Internet and you will be surprised – it takes a great part of every single day. Instead, why not spending a few minutes everyday on something educational? Add these 15 amazing websites to your favorites and open them whenever you have time!
Techie Tutorial of the Month- How to Make Your Rotary Blades Last Longer
A dull or nicked rotary blade is an annoying thing, right? And trouble is, those little buggers are darn expensive, right?
So wouldn't it be great if there were things you could do to extend the life of your rotary blades? Well here's the deal... there actually ARE ways to make your rotary blade last longer!
Click HERE to find out how!
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New Word of the Month- Antistalking
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Quote of the Month- 
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Cats in the News- Peanut the Squirrel
The Washington Post reported on the heartwarming story of Peanut, the family who rescued him, and his adoptive cat family. Chris DeBaets (of Vista, CA) found a baby squirrel in the street and brought him home. The baby’s fur was growing in but his eyes were not yet opened. He was cold and dehydrated. Chris’ wife Liz is a pediatrician, so she knew what needed to be done for the squirrel to help him thrive. The DeBaets’ cat Missy had given birth to a litter of six kittens a week earlier, so Liz removed Missy from the box with the kittens and placed the little squirrel inside. {Click HERE to read more}
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Sewing Headlines- 
One day a month artist Michael Swaine can be found on a San Francisco sidewalk using his vintage sewing machine with foot pedal to mend the holes in people’s clothes — all for free.
In 2002, the 34-year-old ceramics and textile artist began sewing-up pants, jackets, and shirts under an umbrella-topped cart, calling it his “Reap What You Sew Generosity Project.”
{Click HERE to read more and to see a cool video.}
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
Happens ALL the time, right?
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Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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