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Issue #138-----January 2017
Happy 2017!
I hope each of you enjoyed a safe & fun holiday season but with the cold, dark days of winter looming ahead, it's a time to tap back into your creative side! Who knows, maybe something you see in this Newsletter will inspire you to get back in YOUR sewing room!
So... go ahead and get started while I get back to packing up our supplies for the Road to California show!
PS- There are convenient links in the box above if you need to change your email address or if wish to unsubscribe, but please don’t mark us as spam - that's really not a good solution for either of us! Thanks!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Karen Wetherall of the UK
Her "Cosmo Convertible" was the come-from-behind winner in our annual "Battle of the 2nd's" contest held last month! She wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate PLUS a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery. Click HERE to see her beautiful entry!
BUT...it's a new month and a new year
and its time to reset for a new contest!
We've got EIGHT fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em ALL out then click HERE to cast a vote for your favorite, and to find out more about these bags, click HERE.

(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
This scrumptious Everyday Attache was created by Jan Strickler of Cypress, TX. She said that she originally bought this fabric & made a blouse which evidently never fit her right so it hung in her closet for almost 20 years! But she loved that fabric & recently decided to recycle it into a new bag & this was the yummy result!
This Everyday Attache was created by Betsy Bucsanyi of Friendswood, TX. After making the original bag, she decided that it wasn't quite big enough, so she made one just a little bit bigger! Click HERE to see it!
And here's a first... Judith Bishop of Howell, IN used deer skin to fashion this soft as silk Gadabout.
She made it for a friend in Michigan.
And now, here's yet another amazing Quattro  by Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ. Cheryl's made and submitted so many pictures of the Quattros she has made that she definitely qualifies as our "Quattro Master".
And as a long-time lover of all things black & white, I'm crazy about this Wrapsody created by Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI.
This contemporary Everyday Attache was submitted by Mandy Mitchell of the UK. She did a GREAT job and I bet Mandy is turning heads carrying this striking bag!
And I love the way our polka-dotted zippers set off the exterior fabrics of this Everyday Attache created by Pam Hays of Conover, NC. She bought her fabric locally in Hildebran, NC.
And last but certainly not least, is this classic-style Everyday Attache by Brenda Hennig of Shepherdsville, KY. Brenda's made up quite a few of our patterns but says that this design is her favorite so far because "it's easy to carry & everything is at her fingertips"!
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 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
From the Website- 
Just in case you're new here, and you 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
Bobbin Around the Web- Starry Night Hollow
Starry Night Hollow is a quilting & fiber arts studio located in beautiful Solana Beach, Ca, but i am always impressed with their booth at Quilt Market each Fall.
In particular, I like their Le Chat Noir pattern, and their Circle of Friends quilt pattern. But while you're in their online shop, dont forget to check out their fabric line and sale items.
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Trish Stuart- Coming in 2017... Trish will have an ALL NEW website! Check it out HERE.
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As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Website Spotlite-  We're retiring the Trifecta pattern!
Today we are officially retiring
the Trifecta  pattern!
I actually feel a little bad about seeing this pattern go into retirement. At one time it was quite revolutionary and a TOP seller for us but that was WAY BACK in 2008 when purse zippers were new on the scene!
But if you would still like to pick up a copy (at a nifty bargain price) we're having a fire sale of sorts until such time as they're all gone!
Just click HERE to find out more about the Trifecta pattern and to see many more pictures!

TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
I want this kitty!
Click image or HERE to watch it.
  What would it take for YOU to take this ride?
Click image or HERE to watch it.
Quote of the Month- 
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A Beginner Project- Fabric Bookmarks
If you're like me, you've used a gazillion things as a book mark, but here's a cute little tutorial for making an actual bookmark.... something we can ALL pretty much use, right?
And get this... it's easy enough to use as a beginner project for that future sewist in your family!
Just click HERE to get started!
If you have an iPhone, I think you'll agree that memory issues can be a huge, HUGE pain in the butt! But click HERE for some tips & tricks to clear up some of that annoying cached data on your iPhone without deleting your precious photos!
New Word of the Month- Smonday
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Cats in the News- Music for Cats
For the first time ever, there's music for cats that's been verified by science. Click HERE or the image at right to find out MUCH more!
Cat Picture of the Month-
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I’m often asked, “Is there really any difference between the printed cotton quilting fabric found in chain stores for $2.99 to $5.99 per yard and those found in quilt shops and the best mail order catalogs for $7.99 to $9.99?” You bet there is!
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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!

Our 2017 Show Schedule is as follows:

Road to California 2017 - Jan 19-22, 2017  - Ontario, CA
AQS Quiltweek Daytona Beach- Mar 1-4, 2017 - Daytona Beach, FL
AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 19-22, 2017 - Paducah, KY
International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 28-30, 2017 - Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 2-5, 2017-  Houston TX

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