"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #150
January 2018
Hello & Welcome!
January is a HUGE month for us & we've been going non-stop since they dropped the ball in Times Square. Not only are we getting to fly to the Road2Ca show (in two days... yikes!), but we're also in the process of launching a brand new zipper style AND we'll be releasing our 1st new pattern of 2018 when we return! Phew! Who planned all this to happen at one time anyway?! {wink, wink}
So enjoy this issue! I'd love to know what you think of our new zipper & don't forget to scroll all the way to the end of this letter so you don't miss out on our monster Zipper Closeout SALE!
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"Handbag of the Month" Gallery
Congratulations to Arlene Thayer of Fort Deposit, TX
Arlene's "Flaptastic Bag" was the winner of our annual December 2017 "Battle of the 2nd Place Finishers" 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 and a new year, it's time to get back to regular "programming" with a brand new "Handbag of the Month" contest... so whenever you're ready, scroll down to check out this month's stunning entries, then vote for your favorite.
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This Flaptastic Bag in "stained glass" which was created by Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA. This was gREAT fussy cutting Diane!
And this HipBag Hybrid was created by Pam Robbins of Madison, WI. She said she loves carrying it and her sewing teacher loved her bag as well!
Nancy Blocker of Fort Smith, AR said she made this Flaptastic Bag for a recent vacation and now she finds that its just perfect for carrying every day!
And this impressively pieced Wrapsody is the work of Anne Arrowood of Rocklin, CA. Didn't she do a fabulous job? And Anne also chose to double her card slot area on the interior!
Debbie Mullinix of League City, TX walked into our booth at Quilt Festival and of course I instantly noticed her expertly made Walkabout Wallet. The see-thru print exterior was a really fun touch!
And here's the Walkabout Wallet that Georgia Segura of Pasadena, TX showed us Quilt Festival. I bet she was the talk of Disney World when she carried this little cutie to the amusement park, right?
And last but not least, Sylvia Turner of the UK created this feline-inspired Flaptastic Bag for a friend in the USA who has SEVEN cats. She fussy-cut her fabric to strategically place the cats that looked most like those of her friend.  GREAT job Sylvia!  :)
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 (Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.)
Coming SOON from StudioKat Designs! The Go-G0 Compact
We're putting the final touches on our very 1st new bag pattern for 2018, the Go-Go Compact, which should be ready for release soon after we return from our trip out west for the Road to California Quilter's Conference.
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 more pictures just click HERE.
And since we know that it's you, our newsletter subscribers who are our most loyal customers, we want to make sure that YOU are aware of its availablility before anyone else! So... be on the lookout for a special email blast from us sometime in late January, complete with a discount coupon!
Trending on our Website this Month-
Just in case you missed any of our posts this past month, you can easily catch up with the rest of us because they're ALL listed below!
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
5/11/2014- How Do I Qualify for a Discount Coupon?
NEW at StudioKat Designs! a Hot new zipper style!
So as it turned out, we went the entire year of 2017 without introducing a new zipper style. I just couldn't get excited about any of my choices and then all of a sudden at Quilt Market I had a revelation.
EUREKA!!!  Maybe our new zipper print shouldn't really be a print at all? And just like that I was off and running!
I'm totally in love with our new zipper which is solid black with shiny silver teeth and the cutest little zipper pull you've ever seen (a solid nickel cyliner), and I hope you love it too!
So... we're introducing this new zip in our two most popular sizes, a 10" closed bottom, and a 22" purse zip and I simply can't wait to see pictures of the adorable projects you make with them. Just click HERE to for pricing & purchasing info. 
And don't worry, we'll be quickly adding more sizes in this variety and just like our other zippers with shiny metallic-like teeth, these zips can easily be cut and sewn over (but don't use your best scissors!) 
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
Who wouldn't enjoy playing with this nutty little guy?
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Click image or HERE to find out 10 wierd historical facts about Quilting!  :)
A Cute "Tute"- A DIY Dog Burrow Bed
It's SO cold right now for us as well as our fur-buddies, right? And here's a super easy tutorial you can use to make your best buddy a "burrow bed"! Just click HERE to get started!
Quote of the Month-
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Seeing too many photos of your uncle’s new cat? Is your friend tempting you with endless photos of ramen on her Japan trip? It turns out, you’re not alone.
FaceBook recently launched Snooze, which will give you the option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days. By selecting Snooze in the top-right drop-down menu of a post, you won’t see content from those people, Pages or groups in your News Feed for that time period. I sure could've used this feature during election season, right?   For more information and a video, click HERE.
As Funny As Real Life-
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Increase Your Vocabulary-  Seussian
Of or pertaining to Theodor Seuss Geisel, "Dr. Seuss, and often written in rhyme.
Cat Picture of the Month-
Easily one of the most adorable memes I've seen in some time!
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Classified Ads
The good folks at Cuddle Clones make soft, adorable, customized stuffed-animal versions of pets! All you need do is submit a few pictures, & they'll send you your very own Cuddle Clone of your beloved pet!
For more information, click HERE, & don't forget to use the coupon code STUDIOKAT to get 10% off ALL of their products!
Interested in advertising in our newsletter?  Click HERE to find out more!
This Month's Product Feature- A Close-out Zipper SALE!
In order to make room for new zipper stock & styles, we need to clear out a few "slow-movers". And at these close-out prices, it's the perfect time to stock up for your Winter & Springtime projects.
But remember... it's first come-first served, there is no quantity limit, & the prices will be maintained until our stock is depleted!
Here's the zippers  included in this sale. Click HERE to get started.
7″ closed-bottom zipper in tan & white ministripe- $1.00
10″ closed-bottom zipper in black, khaki, navy & white- $0.80
16″ separating zipper in black (w/black teeth & pull)- $1.30
16″ separating zipper in black & white polkadot, tan & white ministripe- $1.40
ALL 20″ separating zippers (black & white stripe, tan & white stripe,
                 red & white stripe, bold grey zebra & translucent- $2.20
22″ purse zipper in black (w/black teeth & pull)- $2.40
30″ separating zipper in black & white stripe- $2.45
Come See Us at a SHOW!
Our Upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
Road to California 2018 - Jan 18-21, 2018  - Ontario, CA
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)
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