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Issue #126-----January 2016
Hello and Welcome!
Hope your Christmas season was healthy and enjoyable and that the New Year finds you stoked and ready for some new sewing projects!
We've got some FUN stuff to share with you this month, so go ahead and get started because we're busy packing for our trip to the warm & sunny West Coast for the Road to California Quilter's Conference! We'll catch up to you at the end! :)

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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA!
Her "rainbow-pieced" Quattro proved it was truly worthy of a 2nd chance by winning our Annual Battle of the 2nd Placer's contest! Diane wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate and 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, so just scroll down to see this month's entries!
We've got EIGHT more fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)

This ultra-cool Odyssey was created by Donna Lucas-Mudd of Felton, CA. Donna said she made this bag up specifically for taking on a trip to the UK for her step-daughter's wedding. She used and upholstery remnant and some faux leather for the exterior!

And isn't this butterfly-themed Quattro incredible? It was created by Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ. She even included a little butterfly charm as a zipperpull. Cheryl says that butterflies are a recurring theme in the fabric she chooses.
And here's an impressive Guardian made by Summer Denny of Goodman, MO. Summer said she recently started collecting chickens so they were the inspiration for this bag. Here's a peek at the back.
And here's a fun Lollapalooza to carry! It was created by Karen Wetherall of the UK who  wrote a post about sewing up this particular bag. Thanks so much Karen and you can click on this link to read it.
And if it's butterfly-themed....then its a pretty good bet it was probably created by Cheryl Maass who told me she trimmed the side edges of this Quattro with black binding to make the polkadots POP!
And I LOVE the fabric used for this HipBag Hybrid!  It has a stain-glass look that I really like and it looks fabulous on this HipBag, right? It was created by Diane Rhodes, of Monroeville, PA. Here's a peek at the back.
And I think this Uptown Saddlebag by Josee Carrier of Montreal, Canada has a modern yet classic look. I fell in love with it from the 1st time I saw it in one of Josee's posts which you can read HERE.  
And finally, here's a beautiful Quattro by Ragna Tangerud of Norway. She told me she used a heavier-than-usual cotton for this bag which made it a little tough to sew, but she loves the final result. She's keeping this bag and making another for her DIL after Christmas!
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If 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- Patty Sloniger
I met Patty Sloniger at the Quilt Market last Fall when I came around the corner and totally fell in love with this mermaid dress (can you blame me?) which featured her new fabric line for Michael Miller, "Into the Deep". The colors are bold and vibrant and would be totally fun to work with! Click HERE for a link to Patty's Blog where you can see many more pictures of Patty's booth and don't forget to check your local independent quilt shop for this delightful line, or if all else fails, you can find this line at this online shop.
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If this doesn't start 2016 off w/a smile for you... nothing will!
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A Beginner Project- Menswear Mouse Toy
Treat a kitty to a game of cat and mouse with a few dapper toys. There's no mistaking these critters for the real thing -- they're constructed from brightly colored men's suiting and shirting fabric. Click HERE to get started!
TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
  Cats see things differently than we do, don't they? And here's a humorous video to demonstrate that point. Click image or HERE to watch it.
  Here's proof POSITIVE that if you're going to scrimp on anything in the process of planning a wedding, then do so when hiring the trumpet player!  Click the image or HERE to see why!
Quote of the Month- 
SO true! Click the image or HERE and see if YOU agree?
Look What I Found OnLine- Cashmerette
Have you met Jenny yet? She's passionate about helping curvy women sew and feel fabulous! So much so that she's introduced the very first pattern line the first line specifically designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes C – H. Click HERE to see Jenny's patterns, and while you're on her site don't forget to check out her FaceBook, and Instagram pages to keep with her new designs as she rolls 'em out!
So... What exactly IS crapware?
In simple terms, crapware is software you don't want, but—for one reason or another—gets installed on your system against your will. This can range from legitimate programs that come pre-installed (like Netflix or a trial of McAfee Antivirus) to browser toolbars, auto-starting apps, or something that changes your default search engine. Click HERE to read more!
New Word of the Month- Laughback
Sometimes these laughs are the BEST laughs!
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A County government office in the Southwest US have built a cat condo in their office and are allowing employees to take a cat or kitten back to their desk for an hour a day.
The cats are housed in the lobby of this two storey office and as so many people visit this government building on a daily basis, it gives them a greater chance of being adopted, after all, who can resist a fluffy kitten! 
Doesn't this sound like FUN? Click HERE to read more!
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Quilting Headlines- FilmQuilts
Now THIS is a fascinating story!
Sabrina Gschwandtner uses film footage from textile documentaries from the fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) as her source material and then reworks them in several ways. These short, educational documentaries, dated 1952 - 1982, focused on textile crafts such as crocheting, knitting, sewing, fabric dyeing, and quilting, and celebrated the women who made them.
After watching the movies, she cuts them up & sews them together with her own, personal film footage to create these masterpieces which have to be seen to be believed! . To find out more about Sabrina's work and unique process, click HERE to see many more pictures!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule- Let's Meet Up!

The rest of our Show Schedule is as follows:
Road 2 California Quilters Conference  - Jan 21-24, 2016,  Ontario, CA 
AQS Quiltweek Lancaster- Mar 16-19, 2016, Lancaster, PA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah - April 20-23, 2016,   Paducah, KY
International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 29-31, Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 3-6, Houston TX
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