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Issue #124 ---November 2015
So... here we are, fresh from the Fall International Quilt Market & Festival, where the theme for the two weeks we were there SEEMED to be "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head"! Seriously, 35 inches of rain in two weeks is incredible but accurate & amazing!

But you know what? The shows were surprisingly successful in spite of the weather, but we still have a LOT of catching up to do, so I'll get back to it, while you enjoy this month's edition of Kat Bytes!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Carol Drew of Toutle, WA!
Her "peacock-inspired" Quattro was the deserving winner in our October Handbag of the Month contest!  Carol 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!

So...are you ready to see this month's entries?
We've got EIGHT more fantastic entries to share with you, so without further delay, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)

This Wrapsody was the first handbag ever made by Amy Love. I love the colors she chose, especially the pop of green, seen here on the interior. Amy said it's comfy to carry and holds LOTS of items!  Here's a peek at the zippered pocket on the bag back.
This impressive floral Quattro was created by Jackie Abel of Watertown, SD when she was asked to make a bag for a charity silent auction by a local quilt shop. Jackie said she let the shop owner choose the pattern and together they chose the fabrics and I love the choices they made!
This Wrapsody was created by Patty Shirk of Lawrence, KS.  I love that Patti created her own exterior fabric by using "Wrap-it-UP" piecing technique. And the colors and print that Patti chose were brave and edgy, especially the multi-colored zips! Great Job Patti!
This HipBag Hybrid was created by Cyndi Page of Chanute, KS. She tells me that this particular bag is for her sister and that they have a trip in their future!
And this Quattro that was created by Frances Gill of Jacksonville, TX and it surely is a vision in blue (although Frances tells me that the fabric color is actually violet). Here's a peek at the zippered main compartment area!
And if we could have a drumroll please, here we have the very first Triple Play bag (our new design for FALL '15) to grace our competition and it's clean, crisp and lovely!The creator was Carol Laske of Milford, MI who let us know that she used synthetic leather for the lower accented areas and found that it was relatively problem-free.
And how about this entry from Sue Kettley of Newcastle, WY? She calls this Guardian her "Wyoming Cowboy" bag. Good name, don't cha think? Here's a peek at the zip-down credit card section!
And here's a gorgeous Quattro! We were so happy to see it posted on our FaceBook page by Hilde Johansen. And here's a peek at the back!
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Our Writings from October
If you're new here & want to catch up or if you missed any of our posts from last month, don't worry they're all listed below.
Bobbin Around the Web- Swan Amity Studios
Swan Sheridan creates exciting & whimsical patterns out of her home in the Arizona desert for sewists of all ages involving techniques such as appliqué, hand quilting, & decorative stitches. A few of my favorites are her Popped Color and Fractured Flowers quilt patterns as well as and her Happy Owlidays series!
And while your there, don't forget to check out Swan's FaceBook page.
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Bob's been missing since Friday, click HERE to read about why!
TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Click HERE to see "10 things Almost ALL Cat Owners do"!
Click HERE to learn how to make a cool BBQ apron on "Man Sewing".
Maybe you have an ugly, old office chair tucked away in storage or maybe you'd like to add some pizzazz ro your desk area by making over your tired office chair?
Well either way, your in luck! Click HERE to get your choice of a coupleof great tutorials that will have your chair lookin like the ones pictured at right in no time!
Quote of the Month- 
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Techie Tutorial of the Month-
I have to confess I have a "font fetish". I cannot even begin to tell you how many fun fonts I have loaded on my laptop. I convinve myself its necessary to have lots of them in order to make interesting ads, flyers, posters and the link.... but mostly, I just love fonts, especially the ones that look like handwriting!
And if you've ever had a hankering to change the font for one of your projects, here's a really good tutorial that will walk you through the process of installing a new font on YOUR computer!
Click the image or HERE to get started!
Click HERE to read knitwear designer Franklin Habit's tongue-in-cheek piece about a new way to classify patterns according to difficulty. I thought it was really cute and could easily apply to sewing patterns as well. 
New Word of the Month-  Harrassenger
Click the image or HERE to see the definition, and then amaze your friends and family by using it in conversation!  heehee!
Sewing in the News- Project Prom Dress
The Detroit Free Press put the call out in March. They wanted metro Detroit high school students to make a prom dress or accessory out of newspaper for a chance to win $500. Teens from around the Detroit area spent the following weeks gluing, stapling and taping our pages into fashion. They crossed their fingers, and hoped talent would shine. And what happened was pure.... MAGIC!
Click HERE to read more,
and HERE to see the amazing video
If you’ve looked around the your favorite department store in the past couple seasons and felt like everything there, from itty bitty micro bags to toy-like bag charms, was designed for kids, there’s a good reason for it: luxury brands are looking to younger consumers with lower incomes to bolster sales.   {Click HERE to read more}
Cat Picture of the Month-
It's uncanny how much this picture looks like my little guy... kinda acts like him too, click the image to get a larger view!
Monthly Trivia-
Today is Wednesday, the 11th day of November. It's the 315th day of 2015 and there's only 50 days remaining in this year... (even less than that until Christmas, but let's not go there!) This day is also recognized as Veteran's Day in the US, Remembrance Day in Canada, and Armistice Day in much of Europe... meaning that many, many of us are enjoying a day away from work and school, but it's also a day to turn our thoughts to those who served in the military whether in combat or not, one of which is my Dad, a veteran of the US Air Force. And coiincidently, my Dad is also celebrating his 83rd birthday today, and if today is also YOUR birthday, here's a great, big "Happy Birthday to YOU" from all of us here at StudioKat Designs. 
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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