"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #146
September 2017
Hello & Welcome
We're happy you're here and in honor of National Sewing Month, it seemed an appropriate time to introduce our brand new Newsletter Format!
We've added a few new features I think you'll enjoy, plus a new format for our "Handbag of the Month" contest! And don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of each issue to pick up the discount code on this month's "Featured Product"!
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"Handbag of the Month" Gallery
Congratulations to Mandy Mitchell of the UK!
Mandy's "Everyday Attache" was the winner of our August 2017 "Handbag of the Month"contest. 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 time for a new contest, and we've got SEVEN fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then click HERE to cast a vote for your favorite.

(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
This Quattro was created by Cecile Ellis of Shiner, TX. She said that the focal print she used has been in her stash for years just waiting for the perfect project and that this bag is destined to be a gift for her daughter! Lucky girl!
This elegant Everyday Attache was created by Gail Peters of Ely, MN. She said she enjoyed making it and LOVES carrying it because it hold all of her items while still being remarkably lightweight to carry!
Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ is back with yet another extraordinary Quattro and once again has used a beautiful new fabric selection featuring butterflies! And I love the butterfly zip pull!
This Walkabout Wallet looks fantastic in floral & green. It was created by Dianne Reasons of Waynesboro, VA who says she loves the "instant gratification" that making purses provides.
And Jorji Boutte of Owasso, OK says this is actually the fourth Quattro she's made because she loves carrying it and having people ask her where she bought it!
And here we have the very first Flaptastic Bag to EVER be entered into our Handbag of the Month contest. It was created by Jan Strickler of Cypress, TX.
And last but certainly not least, this
Flaptastic Bag is destined for some
good times at the football stadium this
Fall. Dianne Reasons is a big-time Dallas
Cowboy fan and now all of us and the
rest of the word will know it!
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OK, ready to vote now?
 (Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.)
We're officially retiring
the Bellagio Bag pattern!
Wow! Can you believe it? It was released in March of 2005, & until we released the Quattro pattern in 2011 it was the best-selling bag pattern we had ever brought to market, but today we're sending the Bellagio Bag pattern into retirement. At that time BIG bags were all the rage, but that time seems to have come and gone for the most part, but if you would still like the chance to pick up a copy (at a nifty bargain price).
Just click HERE to find out more about the Bellagio Bag pattern                              & to see many more pictures!
Our September '17 Newsletter is Sponsored by...
The Quilter's Planner is designed to bring joy to planning your day, so you can balance your daily responsibilities with your creative quilting life.  The planner also ​​comes with a collector's magazine with 14 patterns, including a Block of the Month design, and 4 pages of colorful stickers designed by Alison Glass!  You'll find tons of quilting inspiration on every page! Plan. Sketch. Dream. Be Inspired.
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Trending on our Website this Month-
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
Any translators out there?
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An interesting short video about Jim Carey's new passion
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A Cute "Tute"- Mary Jane Baby Shoes
Because it's never too early for a girl to get
her 1st pair of Mary Jane shoes, right?
Click the image ot HERE to get the FREE pattern
Quote of the Month-
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The "Tech" Desk- What to Delete When Your Storage is Full
If you’re like most people and use your smartphone for pretty much everything in your life, then you’re probably familiar with that frustrating alert warning you there’s “not enough storage” to download or do anything else until you free up some space.
But the good news is that there are a few easy tips and tricks to prevent that stressful alert from constantly ruining your day. So click the image or HERE to find out what you should delete in order to free up storage space on  your phone!
As Funny As Real Life-
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Cats in the News- For People Who Can't Get Enough of Cats!
If Legos & cats are among your favorite things, now you can order a playful statue made of 'Legos' to liven up even the dullest office space or living room. JEKCA offers mini Lego sculptures for 'kidults' & measuring ~1.5 ft each, their variety will surprise even the pickiest of customers.
Click the image or HERE
to find out more!
Increase Your Vocabulary- Bibliosmia
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A Customer Challenge-
The Road 2 California Bag Challenge was such a success in 2016 that it'll be BACK and better than ever for the 2018 show! The prizes are BIGGER and this time you can use whatever fabric you choose! Click HERE to get details and to check out the prize list to see who this year's sponsors are! (You just might see someone you know!) 
And here's the deal, after being the recipient of so many gorgeous bag pictures thru the years, I'm thinking that the winner of this contest just might be one of our loyal readers! It might even be YOU!
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Featured Product of the Month- The Festival PocketBelt
And finally, we're introducing a brand new feature to go along with our fresh, new "look"! At the bottom of every newsletter we'll be revealing our featured "Product of the Month" along with a discount coupon code!
This month we're featuring our Festival PocketBelt, which has two fleece-lined exterior slip pockets, an optional & adjustable zippered pocket unit! The Festival Pocketbelt boasts a slim, body-hugging silhouette, PLUS it’s ideal for festivals, shopping, exercising, walking your dog & MORE!
And in honor of National Sewing Month, use discount code NSM17 to get $2.50 off the retail price of either the stand-along pattern OR the "pattern + build-a-notions Kit" for the Festival Pocket Belt!
(Coupon code cannot be used in combination with any other discount offer.)
Come See Us at an Upcoming SHOW!
Our upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 28-30, 2017 - Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 2-5, 2017-  Houston TX
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
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Well, so long for now and until next month, remember...
 It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
StudioKat Designs, Inc.,     1-866-409-8634,    www.studiokatdesigns.com