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Issue #144--------July 2017
So... having two full months at home with no side trips has allowed me to be SO productive that I am pleased to announce that today we are releasing our new pattern for Fall, the Flaptastic Bag... a full TWO MONTHS early! How exciting is that?
Click HERE to get all the details but first scroll down to pick up a discount coupon code good toward the purchase of the Flaptastic pattern OR the Flaptastic pattern + "Build-a-Notions Kit!
But do come back because we've got plenty of other fun surprises in store for you in this edition of Kat Bytes!   So ENJOY!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Nancy Davis of Vernon, AZ!
Nancy's "Triple Play" was the winner of our June "Handbag of the Month" contest which was close & exciting almost until the last vote was cast! She wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate PLUS her winning entry gets a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery!
BUT...it's a new month and time to reset for a new contest,so just scroll down to see this month's entries!
We've got EIGHT fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then click HERE to cast a vote for your favorite.

(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)

Here's the stunning Everyday Attache that Joan Crisman created. Joan said she had SO much fun putting this bag together! I love Joan's bold choice of polkadot trim for this beauty! And click HERE to see how totally impressive the interior of her bag is!
And here we have the very first Festival Pocket Belt submitted to our Handbag of the Month contest, and as you can see, Marlene Martin of Danville, KY is as proud as she can be of it! Marlene said she was really enjoying being totally handsfree at the show also!
Phyllis Giancola of Fairview Heights, IL also stopped by our booth in Paducah, KY to show off her colorful Guardian! I just adore the fabrication Phyllis chose and the polka-dotted zips set off the fabrics perfectly!  :) And here's a peek at her drop-down card organizer!

Mickey Murray-Moor of Inman, SC bought this Everyday Attache pattern from us in Daytona Beach & was pleased to show us the finished article in Paducah, KY! Mickey says she's downsized herself w/this bag & now she feels organized to the hilt! Here's the interior and her cool matching wallet!
Char Blundy of Portland, MI stopped by our booth at the AQS show in Paducah, KY to show us her cute-as-a-button HipBag Hybrid. She proudly told me that she's been teaching her granddaughter to sew in her "sewing lair". Love it!
And this is the DittyRoo that C F Dorsey created. Looks like a perfect Spring and Summer bag to me!
Marcy Papariello of Flemington, NJ is a confirmed purse-aholic and says she is loving this Everyday Attache and all the compartments! Just click HERE to see the ultra-organized interior!
This luscious Guardian created by Nancy Davis of Vernon, AZ. Nancy always likes to add a little jewelry to her bag for a little glitz and this particular bag is for her granddaughter. Lucky girl!
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Trending on our Website- 
OK Folks! Just in case you missed it, we've just completed our FIFTEENTH cycle of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are preceded with a PPC15 notation. And if you're new here, and want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
And now... Check out this "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
NEW from SKD- The Flaptastic Bag
So... by way of this newsletter, we are formally announcing to the world that our new pattern for Fall 2017, the Flaptastic Bag is officially & finally released!
The Flaptastic Bag is a modern-day take on an old-fashioned messenger bag.
It includes a full bag-width front exterior pocket with 12 built-in slots for credit/loyalty cards and LOTS of extra room for your smart phone, keys, sunglasses or other items you want fast access to! And don't worry, this pocket is secured with it's own flap (complete with a sew-in magnet closure).
This Flaptastic Bag is sized just right to safely accomodate your iPad and the extra-wide adjustable shoulder strap will allow you to carry comfortably! Plus, the main compartment flap conceals a zippered closure.
And here's the deal, we're handling this pattern release just a little different than in times past. Of course we're extending a coupon discount offer to you,but this year only those who are actually subscribed to this newsletter will have access to the coupon code. Don't worry, everyone's been given ample opportunity to subscribe, but it's just that this time we wanted to make sure we rewarded YOU... our most loyal of fans!
So here ya go!!! Use this code -- FLAP250 -- to get $2.50 off the normal retail price of either the Flaptastic pattern, OR the Flaptastic Pattern + Build-a-Notions Kit! But let the buyer beware-- this coupon's only available for a limited time (thru 11:59pm EDT on 7/18/17. (That's Tuesday morning, US EST).  
So please don't delay!
For MANY more details, LOTS more information, and oodles more pictures, and most of all to order YOUR copy of the Flaptastic Bag, click HERE!.
Bobbin Around the Web- Desiree's Designs
Desiree's Designs is a wonderful world of whimsy. Her patterns are bold, bright & happy, specializing in juvenile small quilts & wallhangings. My favorites are Free in the Sea, and Lady Bugs & Kisses, but Desiree's offerings also include fabric, embroidery CD's and much MORE, so be sure to look around her site!
And while you're there, don't forget to check out
Desiree's Newsletter and social media presence on FaceBook & Pinterest.
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
  This adorable kitten sees himself in a mirror for the first time!
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  Proving that sometimes "peer pressure" is the best teacher!
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Quote of the Month- 
Or..... with your cat!  :)
Who doesn’t like to get flowers? A tissue paper flower can brighten any gift. All you need is five pieces of tissue paper, a few supplies and a quick look at this video tutorial below. Green thumb not required. Click HERE to get started!
Techie Tutorial of the Month- Disabling Windows 10 Keylogger
Many Windows 10 users are unknowingly sending the contents of every keystroke they make to Microsoft due to an enabled-by-default keylogger. This function has been around since the beginning of Windows 10, and is a prime example of why you should never go through the default install process on any Operating System. Windows 10 privacy has been a hot button issue since its release years ago, but there's a REALLY easy way to disable this function. Click HERE to read how.
New Word of the Month- Fabricologist
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Drop whatever you’re doing this moment and hand in resignation letter to your boss – one vet clinic in Ireland just announced they are hiring a full-time cat-cuddler. This may be the chance you’ve been waiting for all your life!
Okay, you must be looking into the next flight to Ireland already, but concentrate, cause here’s what they’re looking for. Just Cats clinic in Dublin says the job will be given to someone who has a lot of ‘catitude’ and would love to help homeless felines in need of some TLC.
{Click HERE to read more}
Cat Picture of the Month-
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As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Here's a Challenge for ALL Bag-Makers!
The Road 2 California Bag Challenge was such a success in 2016 that it'll be BACK and better than ever for the 2018 show! The prizes are BIGGER and this time you can use whatever fabric you choose! Click HERE to get details and to check out the prize list to see who this year's sponsors are! (You just might see someone you know!)  
And here's the deal, after being the recipient of so many gorgeous bag pictures thru the years, I'm thinking that the winner of this contest just might be one of our loyal readers! It might even be YOU!
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Well, so long for now and until next month, remember...
 It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule- Let's Meet Up!

The rest of our Show Schedule is as follows:

International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 28-30, 2017 - Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 2-5, 2017-  Houston TX
Road to California 2018 - Jan 18-21, 2018  - Ontario, CA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 18-21, 2018 - Paducah, KY

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