"Kat Bytes"   October'13
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Hello and Welcome-
So, if it's October you must know that we are neck deep in our shipping boxes which are headed to Houston for the Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in a day or two. And not only that, my siblings and I are throwing our folks a 60th anniversary party on Saturday night. All this to say, I don't quite have my wits about me at the moment, so I hope everything's in order with this newsletter... and if it's not, well... I'm not surprised! :)

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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to N\Anne Rowley of the UK who was the clear winner of our September Handbag of the Month contest! She wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her incredible embroidered Quattro!
The weather may be cooling off but the competition sure hasn't, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite. And if you'd like to find out MORE about a particular entry or see  extra info & pictures, then just click the button below!

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An elegantly embroidered Quattro
by Linda Stiltz
A Fall-inspired Quattro
by Lisa Bryson of Statesville, NC
A sophisticated Odyssey
by Penny Carolson of Florida
A bold and graphic Uptown Saddlebag
by Andrea Smith of Texas
This adorable Quattro
by Julia Harkins of Phoenix, AZ
A tapestried DittyRoo 
by Carol Tillis of St Petersburg, FL
A stained-glass Lollapalooza
by Pam Smolek of Corunna, MI
An amazingly delightful Carolina CarryAll by Ruth Abid of Roseville, CA
A Japanese-motif Baggalista
by Maureen Hawkins of Locust Grove, VA
A Kaleidoscope-like Baggalista
by Dale Whyte of Santa Cruz, CA
A Quattro for cat-lovers
by Mary Dinkel of Scottsdale, AZ
by Carmen Selzer of Sharon Springs, KS
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Now it's YOUR turn to win!
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Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
Enjoy an insider's scoop on what's happening behind the scenes at StudioKat Designs, by signing up for our blog, "A Work In Progress". If you're new to our blog, or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, theyre all listed below. 
Bobbin Around the Web- Block Party Studios
  If you're looking for a terrific source for handprinted fabric, look no further. Block Party Studios will be YOUR source for high quality quilter's cotton that have been printed with inspirational, sentimental or just plain funny sayings.
I like this one, featuring the funny "Things Quilters REALLY Think". I'm sure you'll be able to think of plenty of creative ways to incorporate these fabrics into your work but if you can't, check out these quilt patterns and you can even purchase a t-shirt for your favorite quilting buddy!
'HOT'Links-of-the-Month'- check out these GREAT offers from our sponsors
Material Girl Quilts- Click HERE to check out this cool new fabric called "Quilt Woman".
TrishStuartDesigns- Click HERE to check out Trish's FaceBook Page
All DunnDesigns.Com- Use discount code KAT2 to get a 10% discount on Purse Gone Crazy
Immedia Print- We print patterns and MUCH MORE! Click here to see our various services
FaveQuilts.Com- Download the FREE ebook- How to make Halloween Costumes
PursePatterns.Com- Click HERE to check out this month's pattern bargains!
Website Spotlite- Chitter Chatter Designs
I first saw Cori Blunt's unique quilt designs at the Spring Quilt Market in Portland. They have just the right amount of whimsy to capture my imagination! I'm CRAZY about this one, appropriately called "Ant"itude! And I totally fell in love with these adorable little pin cushions that look just like miniature fruit pies! And you know what? If you've been looking high and low for those specialty pins that folks place in special pin cushions like this, look no further, just click HERE! And since Halloween is just around the corner, this spooky Halloween quilt might be of interest. Oh, and don't forget to check out Cori's Blog while you're on her site!  
Video of the Month-  Goldberg Dog Machine
How is it that I've NEVER seen this commercial on TV? Because i would gladly watch it over and over again! Just click the image or HERE to watch it.
Blog of the Month- Bloomin' Workshop
Sewing has evidently always been Anita’s passion, ever since she made a polyester pantsuit for her first 4-H project. Now she works in a quilt shop, teaching and designing quilt patterns.  Some of her quilt designs can be found at Clothworks Textiles.
But YOU can enjoy her blog anytime you want! She's got a lot of tutorials and free projects there, many of which I think you'll find interesting. I love these "HOT" pot holders, and i like this little tutorial about turning your sketches into appliques
I love this cutey-pie video which explains how to best go-about introducing two cats to each other. Clcik the image or HERE to begin.
Quote of the Month- 
A dream doesn't become reality by magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work!
Colin Powell
Look What I Found OnLine- Food for Football Fans
Here's the game plan: Rush to this site, check out the tailgating recipes for dips and appetizers, whip a few of them up in your kitchen, and score big points with your fellow football fans. Choose from Grilled Pepper Poppers, Creamy Feta-Spinach Dip, Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese Straws, or MY personal favorite, these TINY pizza pies, and much MUCH more!
Crafty Tutorial of the Month-  Portable First Aid Kit
Are you on the lookout for out-of-the-ordinary gift ideas to serve as stocking-stuffers for family members, or unique gifts for teachers, friends, and neighbors. These Portable First-Aid Kit Rolls are the perfect combination of function and style, as essential first-aid supplies are stowed away in an attractive fabric organizer, complete with a feminine bow. Tucked in a glove box, brief case, diaper bag or gym bag, this is one gift that is sure to come in handy! Interested? You can get the FREE tutorial HERE!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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New Word of the Month- Mathemagician


  1. a. (n.) Someone who plays tricks with numbers.
Paris- 9/24/13:   Cats and coffee are two of my favorite things in the world. When they’re brought together, they create a small patch of earthly paradise. For years I’ve been wistfully reading news reports about cat cafes in Japan and other East Asian nations and wondering if they’d ever make their way to the western world.And behold! Now they have. First Vienna, then London ... and now Paris.
Earlier this month, Le Café des Chats opened in the city's hip Marais district. With the help of 12 cats, all of whom were adopted or rescued, cafe manager Margaux Gandelon is providing “purr therapy” for Parisians afflicted with the inability to have cats in their tiny apartments.  (Click HERE to read more)
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Forbes Magazine, 8/6/13:   When you look at the short but potential-packed career of Moziah Bridges, one gets the impression that this is a young man in a hurry. The Memphis, Tennessee-based youth is carving himself a place in the fashion world one bow tie at a time.
Young Master Bridges – Mo, for short – has been designing and sewing his own ties since his grandmother taught him how when he was nine years old. Like all innovators, his product ideas rose out of a lack he saw on the market. (Click HERE to read more)
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Wednesday, October 9th, the 282nd day of 2013 and just in case you didn't know it, we're in the midst of Fire Prevention Week. There's a terrific website devoted to this week with all sorts of tips and activites for kids, families and teachers.
Today is also the birthday of two of my favorite musicians, Jackson Browne, born 10/9/1950 in Heidelburg, Germany, and John Lennon, who was born 10/9/1940 in Liverpool, England. And if today is also YOUR birthday, here's a great BIG "Happy Birthday to YOU" from StudioKat Designs. And if today is not your birthday, you can enjoy the day anyway, by listening to either of these clips... my favorites by our birthday boys. So, enjoy!
Fountain of Sorrows- Jackson Browne 1974
Jealous Guy- John Lennon (1971)
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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