"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #151
February 2018
Hello & Welcome!
It's been a wild & woolly few weeks since the last edition of Kat Bytes!
We spent a week in California for the Road to California Show, we released the Go-Go Compact (our first new pattern of 2018), AND we also added a brand new zippertape style! To say we've been busy is an understatement! And even now we're in throes of readying ourselves for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival which is next weeK! YIKES! So while I get back to work, enjoy this month's newsletter and by the way...  
Happy Valentine's Day!
And... if you're anywhere in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, VA we'd love for you to stop by our booth next week at MAQF and say "hello!"
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"Handbag of the Month" Gallery
Congratulations to Anne Arrowood of Rocklin, CA
Anne's "Wrapsody" was the winner of our annual January 2018 "Handbag of the Month" contest. 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 since it's a new month it's time to reset for a new contest so whenever you're ready, scroll down to check out this month's stunning entries, then vote for your favorite.
(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
This striking Baggalista was created by Georgia Segura of Pasadena, TX, who stopped by our booth at Quilt Festival in Houston, TX last Fall to show it off. If you look closely, Georgia also bedazzled the flap!
And this feline-themed Guardian was created by Sylvia Turner of the UK as a gift for an American friend.
Brenda Eggleston of Franklin, OH used our now-retired pattern, the Harmony Handbag to create this beautiful tote bag!
And since I love all things black & white,  I naturally was quite taken with Brenda Eggleston's Walkabout Wallet in harlequin. Here's a peek at the inside.
And this Carolina CarryAll looks crisp and feminine in white eyelet. Brenda Eggleston wisely added a "leatherette" base to this bag to aid in keeping it clean and crisp longer!
This captivating HipBag Hybrid was created by Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA. Don't you just love the coordinating accessory items she added ?
And last but not least is this spectacular Triple Play by Patti Foley of Ocala, FL. Can you believe that Patti combined two pillow panels, mattress ticking, chambray and a paisley cotton to create this bag? She says she can't wait to show it off and I can't blame her!  :)
(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)
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 (Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.)
NEW from StudioKat Designs!-- The Go-Go Compact
Most of you know that we actually released our 1st new pattern for 2018 in a special edition of Kat Bytes on January 26th, but just in case you missed it, the Go-Go Compact pattern & webpage has been released to the public!
This little cutie can be worn shoulder or cross-body style & is sized just right for traveling, shopping, spectating & other activites where going light-weight & handsfree is a BIG advantage! For more details, and to see WAY more pictures & pick up copy of your own, just click HERE.
Quote of the Month-
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Trending on our Website this Month-
Just in case you missed any of our posts this past month, you can easily catch up to the rest us because they're ALL listed below!
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
3/13/2013- Ask Kat: Wholesale & Retail Shows... What's the Difference?
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
I would just love seeing this guy on the tarmac the next time I fly!
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Who said banking can't be fun?
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The "Tech" Desk- How Batiks are Made
This video is lengthy but well worth watching.     I never knew that making batiks was so labor-intensive and definitely have a greater appreciation for them having watched this video!
Click the image or HERE to get started!
As Funny As Real Life-
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Increase Your Vocabulary- Multipreneur

So what exactly IS a multipreneur?
Click HERE for a good working definition.            And FYI, I think many entrepreneurs are           really multipreneurs...  I know I am!
                                                               Has sewing helped you through a hard time?                                                   Turns out, there’s science behind it. The issues around mental health, from PTSD to addiction to depression, is experiencing renewed interest in this country. While there are a variety of coping methods, sewing (and crafting in general) is one effective technique.                                  {to read more, click HERE}                        
Cat Picture of the Month-
This looks familiar!
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Featured Product of the Month- The Card Cozy
This month we're featuring our Card Cozy, which comes in TWO convenient Sizes! The small Card Cozy hold 8 cards, and the large Card Cozy holds 12 cards (6 on the front, 6 on the back).
PLUS- The Card Cozy has ID-blocking Protection! The aluminum foil-lined card slots are very effective at blocking the radio frequency identification (RFID) signals emitted by some credit cards, driver’s licenses and other forms of ID. AND- Every single card slot is shielded individually, locking your personal information safely inside
 SO... from now until the end of the month, you can use discount code COZYINFEB to get $4.00 off the retail price of either the stand-alone pattern OR the "pattern + build-a-notions Kit" for the Card Cozy.
(Please note: Coupon code cannot be used in combination with
anyother discount offer & will expire at midnight on 2/28/18.)
The StudioKat Designs Group page (on FaceBook)
So.... we've started a brand new PRIVATE FaceBook page for our customers and I guess the obvious question is.... why? And there's more than one answer to this question, so here goes...
1- Facebook has once again changed their algorithym. What does that mean? Well... even though I am by no means an expert on this topic, but the short answer is, it's becoming more and more difficult for you to see posts by business pages such as ours, even for businesses that you "like".
2- YOU get the opportunity to post pictures, comments or questions of your own on this page! How cool is that, right?
So... does this mean we're abandoning our old FaceBook page? Not at all! But out of necessity we'll be 'stepping back' from it in favor of the new group platform where we can be sure our message is actually heard! We'll continue to post on our FaceBook business page... though perhaps not as often as we once did, but if you want to be sure to actually SEE all of those things, I would suggest you click HERE and give our new FaceBook group page a try!
You'll need to answer two quick questions for me (to prove you're neither a bot or a stalker) but I promise I'll approve your request as soon as possible! And thanks in advance for your understanding!   
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For more information, click HERE, & don't forget to use the coupon code STUDIOKAT to get 10% off ALL of their products!
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Come See Us at a SHOW!
Our Upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival - Feb 22-25, 2018 - Hampton, VA
 AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 18-21, 2018 - Paducah, KY
AQS Quiltweek Virginia Beach- Oct 3-6, 2018 - Virginia Beach , VA
International Fall Quilt Market- Nov 3-5, 2018 - Houston, TX (note later date)
International Fall Quilt Market- Nov 8-11, 2018- Houston, TX (note later date) 
Road to California 2018 - Jan 20-23, 2019  - Ontario, CA
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