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Issue #145------August 2017
Welcome & thanks for reading this month's edition of Kat Bytes.
July was a really busy month (thankfully) with the release of our newest pattern, the Flaptastic Bag, but things have settled down enough that we're starting to think about Fall Quilt Market & what's next on our designing table.
But we still found time to find some fun stuff that I think you'll enjoy so why not grab a 2nd (or 3rd) cup of coffee and get started?
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Joan Crisman!
Nancy's "Everyday Attache" was the winner of our July 2017  "Handbag of the Month". 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)

So let's kick it off with a girl that obviously loves baseball almost as much as I do!
Eileen Ostrowsky of Mukwonago, WI says her HipBag Hybrid is the perfect size for her and she loves the hip strap option... almost as much as she loves the Milwaukee Brewers! 
This fantastic Wrapsody was created by Debbie Cisar of Crivitz, WI. Don't you just love the faux leather exterior and piping along the flap edge? Debbie is obviously a cat lover and herfabulously feline applique on the flap is just SO perfect!
Mandy Mitchell of the UK had fun fussy-cutting her Everyday Attache and what an accurate job, no? She said she was really pleased with the result and her daughter (who was the recipient of this bag) was equally thrilled with her gift!

And Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ is back with yet another impossibly beautiful Quattro! I love the way she trims the pocket edges and of course the little charm on the zipperpull!
Nancy Davis of Vernon, AZ said her created this Walkabout Wallet especially for her granddaughter Kayla. She used "musical" fabric because Kayla loves music and has a beautiful voice!
And this "travel-conscious" Walkabout Wallet has a big trip in its future! Janet Moore-Lindstrom of Madison, WI is headed to a conference in Jerusalem and she's really looking forward to using this little bag at the airport and while she's touring!
And it's been quite sometime since we've seen one of our Purse Inserts in the monthly contest, but isn't this Porta-PocketsPLUS impressive? It was created by Mary Warman who plans on using it to organize her bathroom vanity drawer! Great idea Mary!
OK, ready to vote now?
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Trending on the Website- 
OK Folks! Just in case you missed it, we've just completed our FIFTEENTH cycle of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in that series are preceded with a PPC15 notation. And if you're new here, and want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
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Bobbin Around the Web- Patterns by Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Hartman is a quilter, pattern designer, & fan of color from Portland, Oregon. She's been making things her whole life but when she made my first quilt in 1999, she was hooked & has been making quilts ever since.
My two favorites are Fancy Forest & Sea Urchins but you can check out Elizabeth's complete line of patterns here. And while you're on the site, don't forget to check out Elizabeth's Blog, Instagram page, and sign up for her Newsletter!
TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Owner films his cat going into a neighbor's house & proudly returning with a new toy!   Click image or HERE to watch it.
Owner tells his dog he has a new kitten & the conversation that follows is hilarious!  Click image or HERE to watch it.
Laura at Kittens & Threads posted this FREE pattern which includes the foundation paper piecing pattern, some tips/tricks, and coloring sheets you can use to try out colors! Basic foundation paper piecing instructions are not included, but there is a great tutorial here!
Quote of the Month- 
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Facebook has been rolling out autoplay videos with sound in the news feed. They claim this makes it easier for their users. Easier? Uh, not really. More like super annoying, so if you’re weird like me and don’t want videos to scare the crap out of you or annoy you unnecessarily, you can turn off the sound by default.  Here are the visual instructions
The instructions are a little different for Android and iPhone, but it's presented both ways.       
New Word of the Month-  Kitten
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CNN- Monday July 24, 2017---
In today's political climate, catty politicians claw for every vote, but the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, was different. His ability to unite through cuddles and his fondness for naps made him remarkable, and this mayor -- Stubbs the cat -- also proved that opposable thumbs aren't necessary for success in politics.
The honorary mayor of the small Alaska town, elected as a write-in in 1997 due to a paucity of viable human candidates, died at age 20, according to a Saturday news release from his owners.
Stubbs served Talkeetna for 20 years. His office, at Nagley's Store, became a destination for locals and tourists alike who sought sage council from the cat. {Click HERE to read more}
Cat Picture of the Month-
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And Finally...Here's a Challenge for ALL of our Customers!
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!
So... thanks for reading our newsletter!
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Well, so long for now and until next month, remember...
 It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule- Let's Meet Up!

The rest of our 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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