"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #158
September 2018
Hello & WELCOME!
So... the vacations are pretty much over, the kids are back in school and I don't know about you, but in my neck of the woods that means two things (and neither include football)!  Cool
For me, it means it's time for some serious sewing (the holidays are coming, YIKES!) and of course the start of our show season!
And since September is officially National Sewing Month we've got some fun stuff lined up for you in this edition of Kat Bytes including a few new products and a nifty discount offer!
So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and let's get started! And if you're in the Virginia Beach area, we'd love to meet & greet you Oct 3-6th at the AQS Show.
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"Eye Candy" from August 2018
The bags you see below are among those that customers have shared either on our FaceBook business page, our Instagram feed or on our FaceBook Group page. So thanks to ALL who posted their pictures last month! They were ALL great but here's a few of my favorites!
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I still get totally inspired when I look at this spectacular Sling Along that Don Distler created for a Florida Law Enforcement officer! The embroidery on the front pocket represents "The Thin Blue Line". Don used faux leather for this bag which undoubtedly added to the degree of sewing difficulty, buy it totally looks like something you'd find in an expensive bag shop. In short, its amazing!
I thought that Joyce Howell chose a particularly interesting background to photograph her beautiful Sling Along against. It really makes her bag POP!
And plaid isn't a common handbag exterior but Virginia Barbaro used it with GREAT success! Virginia says she's surprised at how much she can pack into this Sling Along!
Chris West said she used sateen fabrics to create this sumptuous Flaptastic Bag! This was her 1st project since her rotator cuff surgery & she did a terrific job!
Sharon Tampling's Wrapsody hits ALL the right notes with me! On top of that, her photos were amazing!
Lucinda Craig said she digitized and then embroidered the cat that graces the exterior of her Sling Along! All in all, a very striking bag!
This little Go-Go Compact is nothing if not luscious and Gayla Martell did a superb job fussy-cutting this Peggy Toole fabric to best advantage! It's absolutely to die for.
This amazing duo of Sling Along's was created by Katerina Ioannou for her daughters. She said she was sure glad to have the help of our FaceBook Group since English is her 2nd language!
Maureen Hawkins used beach-type fabrics for her
Sling Along
because she made this bag especially for a dear friend who will be cruising later on this year!
Bernice Ramsey waited to make her Sling Along until she could get this Tula Pink fabric which looks like it was designed for this bag pattern. GREAT job on the fussy-cutting Bernice! This bag is awesome!
Fran Bott used an aboriginal print paired with a very cool iridescent purple contrast for her Sling Along & one thing is for sure... she'll be turning heads wherever she goes with it!
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NEW from StudioKat Designs!  Fabric with "Cat-i-tude"
So... in last month's issue we showed you the first two fabrics we're now carrying in our online store!
                            NY Skylines and Wonderlust Super Kaleider
Even though both of the patterns we used these 2 fabrics for have been released for some time, the response was amazing! It was SO positive that we decided to go ahead this time and give you the opportunity to get hold of some of the yummy fabrics we'll be showcasing in our next new pattern, PRIOR to its release in November (hopefully). (see the small images below)
I hope you find it as delightful as I do! These 3 offerings are part of the "Cat-i-tude" collection by Ann Lauer for Benartex. We're selling each in 1/2 Yard increments which will be PURRFECT for our new pattern! Click HERE to find out more!
Trending on our Website this Month-
Just in case you missed any of our posts this past month, you can easily catch up with the rest us because they're ALL listed below INCLUDING the 1st post in our brand new Purse Pattern Chronicles series! 
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
4/14/2013- Ask Kat: Which Bag is YOUR Favorite to Carry?
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
I don't know about you, but I never can                                  get see enough Cats vs. Cucumber videos!
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I simply ADORE the cute reactions of these                             pets when their human buddy DISAPPEARS!
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Quote of the Month-
This month's quote seem especially appropriate for the contentious times we are living in.
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In addition to Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcements recently about cracking down on abuse of the Facebook platform, strengthening their policies, and making it easier for people to revoke apps’ ability to use our data – they're taking additional steps to put people more in control of their privacy. Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the last few months underscore their importance.
Click HERE to read more!
As Funny As Real Life-
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Cats in the News- Pets Can Experience Grief
Though some have cast doubt on the reality of pet mourning, many animal experts believe that pets experience grief after the death of a person or animal they were close with. 
“Pets can grieve to varying degrees when they lose a human or animal companion,” Kate Mornement, an Australian animal behaviorist told HuffPost. “Our understanding of this used to be anecdotal, but now we have scientific evidence of grief in both cats and dogs.” {Click HERE to read more}
Increase Your Vocabulary- Mansplaining
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Featured Product of the Month- The Triple Play
This month we're featuring our Triple Play, which has THREE interior storage areas, one of which functions as a secret zippered niche area. The Triple Play is a lightweight shoulder bag which boasts "big bag" storage capacity with a slim, compact silhouette, PLUS it’s ideal for festivals, shopping, traveling and everyday usage!
And... in honor of National Sewing Month, we invite you to use discount code NSM18 to get $3.50 off the retail price of either the stand-alone Triple Play pattern OR the "Triple Play pattern + Build-a-Notions Kit".
(PLEASE NOTE - Please don't delay--this offer expires at midnight on Wed. night, Sept.19th, & cannot be used in combination with any other discount offer nor can it be applied to purchases made prior to Sept.14th or after Sept.19th.) 
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Cuddle Clones makes soft, adorable, customized stuffed-animal versions of pets! All you need do is submit a few pictures, & they'll send you your very own Cuddle Clone of your beloved pet!
For more information, click HERE, & don't forget to use the coupon code STUDIOKAT to get 10% off ALL of their products!
If you use the discount code (STUDIOKAT), or click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you.
Here's Pippin with
our two Cuddle Clones!
Come See Us at a SHOW!
Our Upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
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 Fall Quilt Festival- Nov 8-11, 2018- Houston, TX (note later date) 
Road to California 2019 - Jan 20-23, 2019  - Ontario, CA
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival - Feb 28- Mar 3, 2019 - Hampton, VA
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