"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of StudioKat Designs
Issue #183  October 2020
So...maybe 2020 isn't so bad after all. Yes, there are the politics, the pandemic, the president, the poverty, the PPE, the prejudice, the protests, the propaganda, the pandemonium, the partisanship, and the pettiness of it all. But that's just focusing on the negatives (particularly those starting with the letter P).       But surely it's not that hard to find Positive news if I take the time to look and look, and look, and look, right? So that's what I did & here's what I came up with...
There's the priceless time with family, the promise of a vaccine, the perseverance in learning Zoom, the persistance political calls, the pervasive shortages, the painful cancellations...well phooey! Never mind. that positive outlook degenerated too quickly didn't it?
   I guess 2020 just is what it is,
so let's just get started!
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October 2020 "Eye Candy"
It’s time for your monthly treat for the eyes & here’s the deal…even there's FAR more variety in October's selection of bags but they all have one thing in common... they're all GORGEOUS!  ALL of the bags pictured below have been shared recently on either our FaceBook business page, our Instagram feed or on our Group page on FaceBook.

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Janet Madison enlarged herCosmo Convertible an inch taller in height in order to accomodate the size of her laptop. Have YOU ever enlarged a bag pattern to suit your needs? And if so, how did it turn out?

This Sling Along is a study in sugar skulls and its hard to believe that this is the very 1st bag of any type that Brenda LaPorte has ever made! Great job Brenda!

It’s hard to believe that this Everyday Attache was actually the 1st StudioKat Designs bag that Barbara Wilson‘s has ever created! She did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see what her encore will be!
Connie Beeler fashioned her Guardian exterior in memory of her beloved pet! Connie LOVES her Guardian and printed a picture of her canine buddy on fabric for the credit Card area of this bag!
Nancy Rosa has made several Sling Along‘s but this is the 1st one she has fashioned that features a Hawaiian theme!

Pineapples anyone?  
Nancy Rosa created this spectacular Sling Along for a special friend!
Gail Peters says that she LOVES the size of her Guardian bag but I love the unique exterior fabric she chose for her bag!
Cindy Gatewood made her Sling Along on a girl’s sewing weekend with a friend and did a fabulous job! She says she LOVES it and I can see why!
And “a sweet little backpack” is what Nancy Rosa calls her new Odyssey! I love the brave usage of the striped contrast and polka-dotted bias tape! GENIUS!

And finally, our polka dot zippers are a dramatic addition to Linda Stidham‘s Sling Along! I also love that she added the red & black contrast to this large floral design!
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Trending on our Website this Month-
We've started a brand new "Purse Pattern Chronicles" series (they're all prefixed with PPC23) & 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!
And now... Check out the "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
11/19/2018- Personalize Your Bag Interior with Elastic Slot Holders
NEW from StudioKat Designs- the 2021 YADP Calendar
Back by Popular Demand!
The 2021 version of “Your Almost Daily Purr” Desk Calendar is HERE complete with 12 new memes of our notorious studio cats in action! Get one up for yourself or as a gift for a fellow cat-loving sewist!
Click HERE for more information & to pick one up for you
& a couple for your sewing buddies!
This video of an adorable boxer dog flunking his obedience test is SURE to start your day off in great way! Click the image at left or HERE to get started!
Many of us are being asked to work from home for the first time in our lives. At TechSpot, all of the writers have been doing this for over a decade. If you've never worked from home, let alone full-time, the prospect may seem daunting or outright insurmountable.
This article will give you a few helpful tips, not only of what you can do, but what you shouldn't.
{Click HERE to read more}
Quote of the Month-
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When former Edinburgh Rugby player Dean Nicholson packed his job in to travel the world, he hoped it would be a life-changing experience.
But what the 31-year-old didn't realise is that it would be a tiny four-legged friend that would change him forever.
Dean, a welder from Dunbar, was sick of his 9-5 existence and decided to get on his bike and see the world.
Click HERE to read more!
As Funny As Real Life-
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Sewing in the News- Sewing is making a Comeback
Let it be said that when their country needed them the most, the nation’s army of sewers answered the call!
Indeed, stitchers’ collective output of tens of thousands of cloth masks during the coronavirus outbreak has been nothing short of astounding, filling a gaping need for protective coverings and in the process creating a run on elastic rivaled only by the mad rush for toilet paper.
Who would’ve guessed so many people were still firing up their Singers?
{Click HERE to read more}
Coming SOON- A 2nd SKD Newsletter
Yep, we're going from monthly to bi-monthly!

We're calling it Kat Bits and it'll be delivered at the end of each month & it'll be in addition to & TOTALLY different from the Kat Bytes Newsletter you're used to receiving mid-month!

So how will it differ? we're still working out the details but the subtitle will be something along the lines of
XX Interesting Things from October 2020
-- less image-driven (as Kat Bytes is) and more link-driven.
-- a little more personal & much less business/product-driven

For a peek at what's coming, click on the picture at left to check out the topics we're considering for the 1st edition! And don't forget to watch your inbox for Kat Bits on Oct 30th!
Featured Product of the Month- the Wrapsody
This month we're featuring our Wrapsody pattern, which has four zippered pockets, (one on the back & three on the inside) along with three (or more) little credit card holders sewn into the interior pockets.
Above & beyond this, I think you'll enjoy the wrap-around style exterior that's so much fun to embellish with piecework or embroidery!

So this month we're offering you the option of using discount code WRAP399 to get $3.99 off the retail price of the Wrapsody pattern! Don't delay too long though because this code will be expire at the stroke of midnight on October 18th!   
(Coupon code cannot be used in combination with any other discount offer.) 
There's still time to join the October 2020 FabShopHop!

Come FabShop Hop with us for a chance to win amazing prizes!

Read the How to Hop guidelines and the Rules of the Game then click HERE for the List of Shops.
Psst! We're on the list! Wink
Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule (fingers crossed!)

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2021 - Feb 25-28, 2021 - Hampton, VA
International Fall Quilt Market 2021- Oct 23-25, 2021 - Houston, TX  
International Fall Quilt Festival 2021
- Oct 28-31, 2021 - Houston, TX
  Road to California 2022 - Jan 20-23, 2022  - Ontario, CA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah 2022 - April 20-23, 2022 - Paducah KY
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So bye for now & until next month (around the 15th)! 
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