StudioKat News               February 2011
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Hello and Welcome-
Well, 2011 sure come in like a lion, hasn't it! With so much bad weather in so many areas of the country, I'm hoping everyone has gotten a lot of sewing done, since outside activities are out of the question!  We've been hard at it, trying to finish up our new pattern for Spring, but we've still managed to spend a little time with our adorable grandson. So click here to see our latest video of him, then come on back and we'll get started.   :)

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Feline Quote for February-
"When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?"  Montaigne
 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's contest! It appears everyone loved our contest of 2nd place finishers! The winner was Linda Ross of Lake St Louis, MO. She wins a $20.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her winning entry, a beautifully hand-painted Trifecta.
And here's the deal, we're starting off the new year with a bang! For February you will need to choose from 10 totally bangin' entries, so without further ado...Check 'em out, then cast your vote.

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Denise Stahl of Santa Rosa, CA submitted THREE bags this month. First, this AbracaNiche (with matching wristlet), was a gift to her oldest daughter whose favorite story in 'Alice in the Looking Glass'. Here's a closeup of the Flap area.
This Vervalise, (also made by Denise) was a Christmas present for her younger daughter who only likes minimalist purses, if she carries one at all. I bet she flipped over this!
This gorgeous Carolina CarryAll was made up in Debbie Mum fabric which Denise found on Ebay. This bag was a gift for a close friend who saw the pattern on my website and fell in love with it on site. Evidently her friend is a total debbie Mum devotee, so she LOVED her bag. Gee, I'm wondering if Denise ever gets to keep a bag for herself?
Lee Franklin of Oldsmar, FL created this fabulous DittyRoo for a family friend. She was told that the recipient actually cried when she saw it, isn't that cool? Lee added that she loved the downloadable tutorials for this bag, which were especially helpful.
This denim Lollapalooza was sent in by Audrey Campbell of College Place, WA and she says it is her favorite bag so far! She used some leftover floral denim and added a pocket to the outside. Here's a closeup of the cool buttons that complete the look just perfectly!
Ann Bergin of Harahan, LA was the creator of this stunning Trifecta. She bought the fabric at what turns out is the ONLY quilt shop left in New Orleans after the city was devastated in 2005. She says all of her quilting buddies just LOVE and so does she! (I can see why!) Before you go on, check out the incredible INTERIOR!
And didn't Cheryl McCavitt of Kansas City, MO, do an outstanding job of following the DittyRoo embellishing tutorial for her bag? She got most of her batik fabrics at Keepsake Quilting and her colors are wonderful. Cheryl says she's only been sewing for a year, but whipped this bag up without problems. She loves the dual entry front pouch and finds that even with a zippered top, that the bag design keeps the contents from falling out!
This Harmony Handbag is really a unique lunch emsemble Janet Gallant of Queensbury, NY created for her niece, who is a teacher. The bag and accessories are lined with a thermal insulate batting. Janet says that now her niece can go to lunch in style everyday!
This incredible DittyRoo was made with imitation leather by Lisa Garner of Maricopa, AZ. Cheryl said that the trim work was a bit of work because it was VERY stiff and had to be sewn in place by hand and the machine embroidery on the Pouch front was done with metallic thread and hot fix crystals. The effect is quite breath-taking, don't you think?
And last, bur certainly not least, we have Sandi Snow of Tampa, FL who thought the DittyRoo pattern was the ideal format to showcase the ladies on this fabric. (Click here to see the back.) She says she's had a blast carrying the bag and that she enjoys seeing people's reaction to it!
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Sponsor 'Picks-of-the-Month'- 
Dianne Springer Designs- Quilt in a Cup pattern
Vicki Welsh Dyed Fabrics- Totally UNIQUE 1 yard cuts (Watch for a demo next month using this fabric)
Material Girls Online store- Shop in the online store for a complete line of notions
All DunnDesigns.Com- Look who's the latest designer Patty Dunn is highlighting on her website!
PursePatterns.Com- Read the latest Newsletter from Purse Patterns.Com
Cat Video of the Month-  Cat with a DeathWish
This video either shows us either the most confident cat on earth, or the most good-natured dog on earth. Either way- its very entertaining. Enjoy by clicking here.
Bobbin Around the Web- BBD Creations
 Visit BBD Creations for paper products of great interest! They even have a WHOLE line of paper products for quilters! Who knew?  For example- what quilter wouldn't love a set of greeting cards with a beautiful quilted design on the front? And I also like these message pads and postcards with a quilters theme.
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. 
Website Spotlite-  Beach Garden Quilts
If you love quilts, but would love to take on a quilt project with a slightly different spin, then take a peek at what Beach Garden Quilts offers! I am totally in love with these Floor Mats, which are really a quilt design on a floor mat base. I'm thinking this would be a totally adorable mat for under a high chair as shown on the right. If I just had time, I would make one for my grandson...
Video of the Month-  Hand Dancing
Thanks to Peg Rice of Westport Island, Maine for alerting us to this excellent video. What? You've never heard of hand dancing? Click here to check it out! AND- while I was watching TV last night, I saw this couple doing their hand-dancing thing on a fast food restaurant ad (can't remember which one)!
Blog of the Month- Pat Sloan's 'Let's Sew'
There's a wealth info on this blog and Pat Sloan must be a one-woman dynamo! Not only does she have an interesting daily post on her blog, but Pat also has some cool instructional videos, and is the star of her own Talk Show, Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Show! Then there's her webstore, with her own line of patterns and notions. Hmmm- do you think Pat might like to do a guest post on MY blog? I'll have to try to get up the nerve to ask her! :)
Quote of the Month- 
"A designer knows that he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." Antoine de St Expurey

Look What I Found OnLine- Unusual Hotels of the World
This site is called Unusual Hotels of the World and the name says it all. Here you'll find out about ice hotels, undersea lodges, castles, treehouses, even a Hobbit-like boarding house! - all of which are places you can STAY! You can search by type of hotel, type of experience (wild, family, romance), or destination. You're sure to find a unique place to spend your next family vacation.
New Word of the Month- Compulsive Slowpokyist- (kəm-pŭl'sĭv slō'pōk'ē-ist)
(n.) Any person who, while driving or walking, perhaps on a highway or in a mall, hurries up to get in front of others, but then travels really slow.
Here's the story of a woman who came upon a cat while walking down the street in Coventry England and then, after patting the cat, chucked the animal in a nearby trash can and shut the lid. To read more, click here...  (Dont' worry, the cat was fine and the woman is in DEEP trouble!)

Did You Know?-  A little Oscar Trivia
The films with the most Oscar wins are Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, each winning 11 Oscars from 12, 14 and 11 nominations respectively.

Jack Nicholson leads the Best Actor Academy Award category with wins from 11 nominations, followed by Laurence Olivier, nominated 10 times and receiving one Best Actor award, and then Spencer Tracy with nine nominations resulting in two awards.

Meryl Streep had more Best Actress nominations than any other actress; 13 in total, leading to 2 awards. Katharine Hepburn received 12 nominations and won 4 Academy Awards.
Thanks to alert reader, Rick Timmons of Raleigh, NC for sending in this article detailing the successful state of quilting and quilt stores in this country, even during this recession! Click here to read more!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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A Cool Internet Activity- Valentine's Day Fun
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and what better place to go, to get some fresh new ideas for cards, recipes, games and parties to make Valentines a wonderful family celebration, than DISNEY!
Cat Blog of the Month- LoveMeow.Com
Thanks to alert reader Jenny Gaus of Michigan for cueing us about this totally fun Cat Blog, LoveMeow.Com. It's got everything the ultimate cat lover would want... achingly cute pictures, adorable videos and heart-warming stories! Enjoy!
Cat Picture of the Month-
There's a really obvious reason why it's easy to tell that these cats are related.    (Click the image to see a larger view!)
Bobbin' Along the Web- eQuilter.Com    NEW!
Living in rural North Carolina, I sometimes have difficulty finding the fabric and notions I need. So I thought I would start this new topic and share some of the webstores that I love to shop at. Do YOU have a favorite source? Drop me a line, and I'll share it in an upcoming newsletter!
eQuilter.Com is a terrific source for all types of fabric. Whether you're shopping for fashion fabrics, batiks, or quilter's cottons, you'll find a great selection here. You can even find designers like Laurel Burch, and Jane Sassaman, (two of my favorites). But what I love best is the Designer's Board, where you drag little thumbnails of your fabric choices together to see how they blend. It's fabulous!
Monthly Trivia-
Today is February 6th. It's the 37th day of 2011, and there are 328 days remaining. This is the start of a really BIG week in New York City, because it's the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Can you imagine how it is at Lincoln Center just about now, trying to get ready for Fashion Week to begin on the 10th, while also dealing with the 4th blizzard of the century! Having worked in Public Works for 30 years, I really feel for the poor workers of New York's Public Works division (and those of many other big cities), who have just 'weathered' one of the roughest winters on record,
But fashion stops for no one, and if you'd like to keep up with the pictures from this year's Fall 2011 Fashion Week, click here, (and come back regularly to this site, because pictures will be continually added as the week progresses).
And if you smell burning candles, it's because there are SO many people celebrating birthdays today. Bob Marley, one of the most popular & influential performers of reggae music, was born on this day in 1945. Click here to hear a great example of Bob's unique style. He shares his special day with no other than the "Babe" himself, Babe Ruth, the 'Sultan of Swat', Journalist Tom Brokaw, and our 40th president, Ronald Reagan.
And if you share your birthday with this impressive group of people, here's a great BIG 'Happy Birthday to YOU" from StudioKat Designs, and if today is not your birthday, you can celebrate today anyway, by doing a little 'jammin' of your own, but perhaps to your own favorite style of music.
So here's hoping that by the next newsletter (March 6th) that we're all enjoying an EARLY Spring!  :)
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
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