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Welcome!-The daffodils are starting to push their
heads up and I'm starting to get pysched for Spring! I've been really busy
getting my booth ready for the Spring Market in Portland. (You can see the
banner I made for my booth by clicking
here.) My new pattern, the
Trifecta, got off to a whale of a start, thanks in part to many of
It's been all hands on deck keeping Trifecta patterns folded and packed!
Jeter has had to get in the act!
In addition, I've got a lot of
stuff for you this month! Be sure to check out the NINE New Project
pictures featured on my website, especially if you need a little jumpstart
for your creative juices! This month you'll also find a fun fat quarter
project, a hot new place to get embroidered shirts made, a sneek peak at
newest design, and lots MORE, so we better get started!
Also, especially for the convenience of our
friends at Pattern Review & AOL, all of the hotlinks are listed in order
the bottom of this letter, and as always, if you prefer, you can go to
www.studiokatdesigns.com/mar08.htm to see the online version of the
Feline Quote for March-
"If a cat spoke, it would say things like, Hey,
I don't see the problem here!"
Ray Blount, Jr.
New on my
Every month I receive
beautiful pictures of fabulous creations and this month was no exception!
If you want to get your creative juices flowing, then do take the time to
check out all of these wonderful bags!
Judi Graf of Tyler, TX sent in a quartet of gorgeousness!
Tandem Tote this is probably my favorite Tandem Tote of ALL time!
Cirque Sac Check out the cool zipper pull!
Bellagio Bag I LOVE the Flap hardware!
Gadabout The fabric-covered strap is a nice touch!
Rena Pearson of Marietta, GA
Odyssey bagThe beautiful exterior is matched with
Jane Harris of Canberra, Australia
stunning Apropos Pack, all smocked & beaded for her daughter's
Ingrid Van Tuyl of The Netherlands
nifty Odyssey Bag Ingrid's love of quilting is evident here!
Marylou of Mesa, AZ
PortaPockets Insert Marylou's hard work paid off in a beautiful way!
A Fat Quarter PortaPockets
Project-Peg Rice of Westport Island, Maine,
wrote to share that she made up the
PortaPockets Insert as a Fat
Quarter Project. Peg said that she made this particular insert up with
just 5 fat quarters, & had PLENTY to spare. Click here to see how terrific it came out done here all in green. She gets her fat quarters in
complimentary colors when they go on sale for 99 cents each, so for less
than $5 plus a zipper, she's got a
gift, and she should know, because she's made up 9 of these so far!
Spotlight- SewThankful.Com in Rio Rancho, NM
Many of you
told me how difficult it is to find quality sewing supplies in your area,
and for this reason, I am including this link to SewThankful.Com . In
addition to offering
patterns by all the leading independent designers, Tracy & Jeff
have a wide variety of fabrics &
hardware to choose from. (I like the
Chili Pepper Fabric Collection!)
New at StudioKat Designs- Say NO! to Plastic Bags
With all the political talk going on right now, I've been trying to find
ways to "green" up my life, and I don't know about you, but I've been
feeling so guilty about all those thin, flimsy plastic shopping bags I
throw away. I figure there's not much way I can help in the search for an
alternative fuel, but I certainly can try to start shopping more
responsibly. So I started researching what's out there now & found plenty
of grocery bag patterns on the market, but who wants to carry one of those
into the drug store when all you need is a tube of toothpaste and a bar of
soap. I started messing around with the idea of a cool little set of
shopping bags that would look good even empty, to carry into all of those
places you go, when you're running errands, (like the drugstore, the mall,
library, etc. etc.) So here's what i came up with... a
reusable shopping bag. (Got any great ideas for a snappy name?) You
make them in any of 3
different sizes. Line it with a
fun contrasting print, or express your personality with a cool
exterior. The interior pocket is perfect for storing valuable receipts, and the zippered top will keep all of your items safe and
And here's the best part... it folds up so small and compactly, that it probably will
in your everyday purse, ready to use at a moment's notice!. I expect to
have this pattern done and released sometime in April, just in time for
EARTH DAY, so stay tuned for more info!
A Cool Place to
Queensboro Shirt Company
When I find a shop that provides great
value, super service & excellent quality, I've just got to share it, &
Queensboro Shirt Co. in Wilmington, NC fits the bill! Queensboro Shirt
Co. provides FREE upload of your logo, & FREE digitizing, on a wide
of shirt types and styles, and best of all, when you buy a shirt from
Queensboro, the cost of the embroidery is already included! For under
I got 3 men's
shirts, a t-shirt and a knit cardigan embroidered with the
StudioKat Designs logo. So if you need embroidered shirts for your
bowling team, athletic team or just for fun, I recommend the
Queensboro Shirt Company!
Your cat might own you
if... you feed him tidbits from the table with your
Surf HERE for Neat INFO!- Leap Day Learning
Since this is a leap year, we
had an extra day at the end of February. Ever wondered how this all came
be? You can learn virtually everything there is to know about the history
of the calendar at this educational site. You'll even find out about modern
proposals for calendar reform to make it more convenient to use.
New Word of the Month-Clicklexia
(n.) A computer-related disorder one
suffers from, displaying itself in the tendency to double-click on items
which only require one click, often resulting in two items opening instead
of just one. This disorder is more often found in novices and aged
says that she offers unique "lifestyle" bags for all women, and while that
may be true, I would have to add, that she also offers unique bags for
women and their PETS! Just check out these adorable pet
carriers. Now you can shop with your best friend and still be
hands-free! Joyce's "Poopie
Pouch" is perfect for holding plastic poop bags, both empty AND full!
What a terrific idea!
Sewing Tip of the Month-
A tape measure is 5/8" wide and can be used to
gauge a seam.
Did You Know?- Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is
different. (YIKES! I've been watching too much CSI!)
A cool Internet Activity-Clean up your Computer
Computers are no different from closets, bookshelves or pantries:
They accumulate old, unwanted purchases. A program that you no longer need
will only take up valuable disk space. So every few months, inventory the
software on your computer & decide which programs you still need, and get
rid of the ones you don't.
On a Mac, you usually only need to drag
unwanted program icons to the Trash, but in Windows you'll need to open
Control Panel & click "Add or Remove Programs" to uninstall excess
Do you enjoy mysteries? Are you up for a treasure hunt? Are you looking
for something fun to do while you wait for spring weather? Then maybe you
need to check out these two fun promotions that we're taking part in
the month of March! Click here to
find out about
Mystery Quilt Treasure Hunt and here for
Lines-What do snowmen eat for
Surf HERE for FUN!-
March is Women's History
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women now outnumber men
in this country (152 million compared with 148 million). If women of the
past are any indication, today's women will continue to make valuable
contributions in every field. This site celebrates Women's
History Month with a look at groundbreaking American women throughout
the years. For example, did you know that Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was
1st female presidential condidate in 1872? Check out the list of
Firsts in Women's Achievement, the History of Women's Suffrage, and the National Women's Hall of Fame. It's an inspiring tour
through the lives of amazing women!
Question of the
Month- What sort of disease did the cured ham
Trivia- Today is the 3rd of March, and in honor of
the political season, I thought it would be fun to note that it was on
day in 1931, that the US Senate adopted the bill designating "The
Star-Bangled Banner" as our National Anthem. Didn't you think it was much
sooner than that?
It was also on this day in 1913, that a parade
was held in Washington DC by the National American Woman Suffrage
Association. It was the day before W. Wilson was to be inaugurated as
President and the parade turned into a near riot when people in the crowd
began jeering and shoving the marchers. The 5000 women & their supporters
were spit upon, struck in the face, & pelted with burning cigars stubs
while police looked on & made no effort to intervene. It's hard to believe
that there actually was a time in this country that women couldn't even
vote, & that time was less than 100 years ago!
Olympic Gold Medal heptathlete, Jackie Joyner Kersee is
celebrating her 46th birthday today, as is Alexander Graham Bell, and if
today is your birthday, here's a great big Happy Birthday to YOU from
StudioKat Designs, and if today is not your birthday, you can celebrate
today anyway, by making plans to VOTE in your primary and in the big
election in November.
Well, that's it for now, so until next month,
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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HotLinks- (in order
My Booth Banner:
The Trifecta Pattern:
Jeter packing patterns:
StudioKat Designs March 08 Newsletter
New on My Website:
Judi's Tandem Tote:
Judi's Cirque Sac:
Judi's Bellagio Bag:
Odyssey Bag: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/rena1.jpg
Apropos Pack: http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/charitie.jpg
Ingrid's nifty Odyssey
A Fat Quarter PortaPockets Insert:
Peg's Fat Quarter
Chili Pepper Fabric
New at StudioKat Designs:
3 Different Sizes:
A Fun Contrasting
A Cool Exterior:
A Receipt Storage
Folds up small &
The Queensboro Shirt Co.:
Leap Day Learning:
Anilee's Mystery Quilt Treasure Hunt:
Women's History Month:
First's in Women's
History of Women's
National Women's Hall
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