"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #148
November 2017
Hello & Welcome!
We're fresh from this year's Quilt Market & Festival,  both of which were successful for us, but I've got a mountain of work (and laundry) to dig out from under! So while I work on getting that mountain down to a manageable size before Thanksgiving, Black Friday and YIKES... Cyber Monday, feel free to go ahead w/o me & get started on this month's newsletter.
And be on the lookout for upcoming posts about this year's Quilt Market, & be on the lookout for an announcement about our annual Holiday Handbag Sale coming soon! As a newsletter subscriber you get 1st access ahead of our FaceBook & Instagram followers!
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"Handbag of the Month" Gallery
So.... we did a little something different last month!
Since I was away from my studio for almost the entirety of October thru Nov 8th, it's really wasn't advisable for us to attempt conducting our usual monthly contest but... that didn't mean we didn't have a blast anyway with a FUN substitute poll, my 12 "Alltime FAVORITE Customer-Made Bags"! I thought it might be fun to see which of MY favorites was actually YOUR favorite, and as it turns out (as I suspected), it was a REALLY tough choice. The voting was spread pretty evenly throughout the poll but the highest vote-getter was Suzie Tate's "bee"-youteeful Triple Play which you can see by clicking here!
But now it's time to get back to regular "programming" with a brand new "Handbag of the Month" contest... so whenever you're ready, scroll down to check out this month's stunning then vote for your favorite.
(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
And here we have a jewel-tone Flaptastic Bag created by Leslie Bowers of Maryville, TN. Leslie said it went together easy and she can't wait to show it off!
Dawn D. says she absolutely LOVES how her HipBag Hybrid turned out! And didn't she do a fantastic job fussy-cutting the front flap area & she even made two adorable little zipper pouches with the scraps! Dawn says its the perfect size for quilt retreats & shows!
Mary Warman (of nearby Clemmons, NC) made this fit & trim Guardian by request for her niece who wanted a concealed carry bag along with an organizing purse insert, in this case, the Porta-Pockets Purse Insert.
And I love the fabrications that Arlene Thayer chose for her Flaptastic Bag. Those poppies look real enough to pick!
Arlene said that this bag is a great size for her & will hold everything she needs for everyday use!
This delightful Guardian in floral was also created by Leslie Bowers and I love the "surprise" green interior she chose (seen here) :)
And Shirley Allen said she was anxious to try our newest bag pattern, the Flaptastic Bag! She used fabric from the same collection as we did, but in a purple colorway. Her fussy-cutting was pretty great as well!  :)
This gorgeous Guardian was made by Katie Mendoza of Denver, CO. Katie said she started making StudioKat bags to showcase her weaving (which is exceptional, no?) She used vinyl for the sides, bottom & strap and uses the concealed storage area for her passport and wallet!
And finally, here's Diane Rhodes' version of our Festival Pocket Belt. Diane says she loves wearing this belt mainly because she always can locate her phone and she loves going about her business handsfree!
(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
  OK, ready to vote now?
 (Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.)
Cat Picture of the Month-
Click image or HERE then please tell me
I'm not the only one with this problem!  :)
Trending on our Website this Month-
Just in case you missed any of our posts this past month, you can easily catch up to the rest us because they're ALL listed below!
And now... Check out this "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
10/28/2014- Pattern Notches: Should they be cut IN or OUT?  and why…
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
Click image or HERE to see how a therapy cat brings furry snuggles and joy to critically ill patients in an intensive care unit!
Is there any better sound on this earth than a baby laughing?
Click image or HERE to enjoy this video.
If you're like me, the very thought of making ruffles sends you into a cold sweat, but that was before I saw this amazing video! Click HERE and see if this vide-o-torial doesn't change the way you'll think about making ruffles for the rest of your life! :)
Quote of the Month-
Click image or HERE to read this cool quote by Warren Buffet.
Sewing machine bobbin questions are a regular topic around a sewing machine store. And this is a really good article detailing the ten most common questions that store owners hear on a regular basis along with the answers! Click HERE to get started.
As Funny As Real Life-
Click image or HERE for a larger view of a brand new laptop design.
A little stray kitty has taken over the office of an organization tat offers service dogs, and is now leading the pack of canines and their humans, living LARGE!
Meet Dee-Oh-Gee.... aka DOG!
Click HERE to read this adorable story!
Increase Your Vocabulary-
Now here's a new polical term we can ALL agree  upon!
Click image or HERE to see if we're in consensus!
Featured Product of the Month- the Gadabout
Our featured product this month might be an oldie but it's definitely still on trend. As a matter of fact, since messenger bags are making a comeback we invite you to check out our Gadabout Bag!
And here's the deal... we're so sure you'll fall in love with this design that from now till the end of the month we'll give you $4.00 off the retail price of this pattern!
Just use discount code NOVGAD17 and we'll give you a $4.00 discount off the retail price of your pattern which coincidentally could be a terrific gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list! Click HERE to get started!
(Coupon code expires at midnight on November 30, 2017EST and cannot be used in combination with any other discount offer.)
Come See Us at a SHOW!
Our Upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
Road to California 2018 - Jan 18-21, 2018  - Ontario, CA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 18-21, 2018 - Paducah, KY
AQS Quiltweek Virginia Beach- Oct 3-6, 2018 - Virginia Beach , VA
International Fall Quilt Market- Nov 3-5, 2018 - Houston, TX (note later date)
International Quilt Festival- Nov 8-11, 2018-  Houston TX (note later date)
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