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Issue #140-------March 2017
Well here we are again, fresh from our first show in Daytona Beach. It was a great show & we loved meeting so many of you but what we're REALLY excited about today is the release of our new pattern!
So go ahead & get started & don't forget to use the discount coupon toward your purchase of the Festival Pocket Belt!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Teresa Compton of Texas!
Her "Walkabout Wallet" was the winner of our February "Handbag of the Month" contest pretty much from the outset. She wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate PLUS a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery & just 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 fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then click HERE tocast a vote for your favorite.

(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)

This luxurious Triple Play was created by Shirley Allen of NJ. She used solid blue suede for the base of this beauty and added a few beads for bling!
Ans this embroidered HipBag Hybrid was created by Judy Fallon of Attica, MI for her sister to use with her walker. I'm sure she'll be totally delighted!
And Patti Foley of Ocala, FL said she had to make a new Quattro for herself since she had worn out her old one, and one thing's for sure... she'll be making a statement wherever she goes with this bag, right? 

This leather-look Trifecta was created by Dorothy Privett and just like Patti (above), this is the second Trifecta that Dorothy has made, because she literally wore out her first. (And FYI, the Trifecta is now one of our retired patterns which means we're selling our remaining copies for 1/2 price until they're gone.) 
And Jackie Abel of Watertown, SD says she made this Walkabout Wallet using Tula Pink's "Slow & Steady" fabric as a Christmas gift for her niece who has always loved turtles!
This "pretty-in-pink" Walkabout Wallet was created by Linda Sinasac of Ontario, Canada. I love her bold choice for bias tape!
Patricia Strobl of Fairmont, WV created this Everyday Attache especially to travel with to her son's destination wedding in the Bahamas. I love the interior shot Patricia took of this bag!
And last but not least, Eileen Bayda of Canada used cork fabric for her HipBag Hybrid(a 1st to my knowledge). Eileen said that the cork (which has more loft than cotton) was pretty bulky in the bottom corner edges, but she persevered & the result is impressive!  :)
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From the Website- 
Just in case you missed it, we're just finishing up our fourteenth cycle of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC14 notation. So if you're new here, and 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 thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
New at StudioKat Designs- the Festival Pocket Belt
So... by way of this newsletter, we are formally announcing to the world that our new pattern for Spring 2017, the Festival Pocket Belt is officially & finally released!
It's modern-day take on the old-fashioned fanny pack & includes 2 roomy flap-top pockets, a zippered packet & bonus mesh-pocket storage. The larger Flap Pocket will accomodate ALL smart phones. Just think how great it would be to never have to search for your phone again!
And of course we're extending a coupon discount offer to you, our most loyal customers, but once again only those who are actually subscribed to "Kat Bytes" will have access to the coupon code.
So here ya go!!! Use this code -- POCKETME250 --
  to get $2.50 off the normal retail price of either the Festival Pocket Belt pattern, OR the Pattern + Build-a-Notions Kit!  
But please don't delay--    this coupon is only available through Tuesday night. It will expire at midnight EDT on 3/15/17. (That's TUESDAY NIGHT)
Bobbin Around the Web-  Kwilt Art by Kathleen Andrews
  KwiltArt has been in business since 1999 and we met Kathleen at the AQS Lancaster in March of 2016. She specializes in designing dynamic quilt patterns that create depth, dimension, movement & optical illusions using strip & speed piecing techniques for easy construction. Her work is very unique & I invite you to check out here website here. My favorites include Convex Illusions & Magic Cube, & while you're on Kathleen's site, don't forget to follow her on FaceBook to stay abreast of her upcoming patterns & shows!
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Need a smile today? Here's a heart-warming video of cat coming to the rescue of an adorable puppy in distress. You'll love it-- Click HERE to watch it.
Weight Loss frustration? We've all been there, right? We go the whole day on a strict diet, depriving ourselves of anything even remoting interesting to eat, and then we step on the scale before bed and we see that we lost NO weight -- Click HERE to watch it.

Quote of the Month- 
I can't find that this quuote is attributed to anyone in particular, but I like it all the same. Maybe you will too? Click image or HERE for a larger view.
So... just in time for Easter, here's a fun little tutorial to help you whip up some cool fabric eggs to compliment your interior decor... or to hide outside for the kiddos. (At least you dont have to worry about these eggs spoiling and sticking to high heavens if you fail to find one, right?)
Click HERE to get started.
Did you know there are very well-known & kinda wierd tricks to help you look better in photos? It's true! There's a reason why celebrities take great pictures and what i want to know is.... why are we never taught these things in school? Because I dont know about you, but I for one need all the help I can to take better photos!
Just click HERE to see if you can incorporate any of these ideas in future "photo sessions"! 
New Word of the Month- Stuffocation
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Bolt and Keel, brothers and budding Instagram cat superstars, love nothing more than exploring the beautiful wilderness of Western Canada with their owners, Kayleen VanderRee and Danielle Gumbley. But their ability to take such adventures—to hike the Sunshine Coast Trail, to canoe the Powell Lakes, and to snowshoe (snowpaw?) around British Columbia’s snow-capped mountain peaks—stems from a few fortunate twists of fate.    
{Click HERE to read more}
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
Thanks to alert reader, Linda Campbell, (also my sister) for sending me this cute cartoon about what would happen if we ever had a "Bring Your Cat to Work Day".
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Sewing Headlines- Monopoly Ditches Thimble
Stick a pin in it — the Monopoly thimble is done!
Hasbro Inc. announced Thursday it will follow the will of the people, and dump the token in a bid to modernize the classic board game.
The thimble was among the original six game pieces when Monopoly first hit the market back in 1935. It’s the first game-piece change since 2013, when Hazel the cat replaced the iron. Millions of people voted on which piece to preserve, and the thimble came in dead last, the company said. {Click HERE to read more}
Cat Picture of the Month-
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The rest of our Show Schedule is as follows:

AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 26-29, 2017 - Paducah, KY
International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 28-30, 2017 - Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 2-5, 2017-  Houston TX
Road to California 2017 - Jan 18-21, 2017  - Ontario, CA

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